DIY Packing For A Household Move

My greatest pet peeve when moving is vague labels on boxes. 40 boxes that say “kitchen” means you have to open every single one to find your glasses.

A perk for self packing is that you can label as much or as little as you want. For me- I labeled very specifically. I don’t need my china until thanksgiving so I really don’t want to have to deal with it immediately. Since it’s labeled correctly that can sit to the side.

I added a color code to get items delivered to the right zone. Moving boxes room to room isn’t too bad as long as they get it to the right floor or zone.

I purchased 3” round stickers and placed them on the boxes.

While I had time and access to supplies I also wrote out labels for each room and another note listing out all major pieces of furniture to be placed in each room.

All of my notes are in a binder along with some scotch tape to put up before the movers arrive to unload. This gives me some inner peace because I can’t be everywhere when they unload and it gets crazy really fast!!!!

A few random packing tips…

DISHES Use dish towels, cloth napkins etc for packing material. I sprung for the specialty packing boxes for China/dishes which include padded sleeves.

HANGING CLOTHES Clothes on hangers, rubberband a few and trash bag.

OFFICE SUPPLIES/KITCHEN SUPPLIES categorize and ziplock bag everything separately. Avoids a big mish mash of stuff and keeps it all organized.

QR CODES FOR HOLIDAY ITEMS AND LONG TERM STORAGE ITEMS use Tote Scan QR code’s- download app and order labels on Amazon. I used QR code’s for all long term tote storage of holiday items etc See blog post on this topic

I opened each one to make sure contents were secure and added paper to the tops if needed. I chose to add a label with one word to help find the tote and then I can scan for exact contents. I added a red dot for the heavy totes indicating they should be on the bottom and to use caution lifting them.

Hope these ideas help you as you pack!

Cheers- Kristen

About Laurel Dane Designs, LLC

Making our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so it is unique. Every detail in this home is aimed at creating our FOREVER home. I've worked on many of my homes and clients homes so theres plenty of inspirational for all home styles here!

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