Moving Tips: Color Coordinating Your Moving Boxes

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Moving Tips: Color Coordinating Your Moving Boxes

Staff Writer · Jan 9, 2010

In the overwhelming swamp of moving boxes, it can sometimes be difficult to remember which box belongs to what room and what contents each box holds. Since moving is stressful, confusing and annoying at any rate, it is always best to try color coordinating moving boxes to take away some of the craziness involved with moving.

Different Colors of Packing Tape

One of the easiest ways to color coordinate moving boxes is to wrap them with packing tapes of a different color. Choosing a different color packing tape for each room can help to undo the confusion when attempting to find an object that belongs in the bathroom or kitchen. Simply remember that red tape is for the kitchen and blue tape is for the bathroom and there will be no trouble finding the objects that apply to those rooms later.

The only downfall to different colored packing tapes is that they are somewhat more expensive than clear packing tapes. Not only that, but several rolls will be needed to wrap each and every box.

Use Colored Labeling Stickers

Another option for color coordinating moving boxes is to use different colored labels for each room in the apartment. This is often a more cost effective means of color coordinating boxes than using colored packing tape. Most of the time colored labeling stickers can be purchased with about 1000 stickers on each roll and one roll should be sufficient for an entire move.

Try putting each sticker on each box in the same location, such as the upper right hand corner of the box, to ensure that each box will be easily identified by its color code. This will help make it easier to identify each box for what room it belongs to and also help to keep a system of uniformity while moving.

Color Coordinate with Markers

If colored packing tape and colored labels are not cheap enough and money is tight, it is always a good choice to purchase some cheap colored markers and use them to color coordinate boxes. Using markers doesn’t have to be anything sophisticated; but rather making a simple circle of color on each box will help to keep the color coding system in check.

As with all color coding systems, it is still best to make sure that the color dot appears in the same location on each box. Make the circular colored dot on the upper right hand corner of all boxes and it will be much easier to quickly locate a box for a particular room.

Make Color Coordinating More Specific

Using color coordination for moving can make a clustered move much more efficient. If you really want to get into it and make sure that every box finds its home with relative ease, try making another color code to identify the contents of the box.

For example, if a red sticker means that the contents of the box belong in the kitchen, try adding a secondary stick below the red one to indicate what the contents of the box are; whether they are dishes, silverware, spices, dishcloths or cleaning agents. Color coding them will make it easy to empty the contents of the box in record time.

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