Originally Posted by ima2simcha
re: Labeling -- last time we moved we labeled just the room or room# and that was confusing I'm going to try and get more specific this time. In fact I am packing and putting boxes in the attic now so that the house isn't so cluttered when we go to sell. I doubt I'll remember them at all by the time we unpack them in November.
It's a long way to move -- any pointers from folks who've btdt?
After 6 moves, I have come up with a labeling system that works for me. It is a little time consuming but WELL worth it.
I write a list of everything going into the box either on a 4x6 index card or in a marble bound copybook. On each box I put a code i.e. LR#1, LR#2, 1BR#1.
The abbreviation is room (LR - Living Room, 1BR - first bedroom, etc.) the #1, #2 goes with the number of boxes I fill for that room.
That code then goes on the 4x6 card or the notebook page for the inventory of that box. This way I have an at hand inventory list so when we moved we knew exactly where things were. Boy it was nice to be able to find DS's swim suit only by looking at paper rather than opening 20 boxes. It was also great in finding the coffee maker
This time I was smart enough to box the coffee maker, kettle, some tea & coffee, tea pot, coffee filters, mugs, and sugar all in one box. It was nice to have coffee or tea readily available while unpacking.
We also put color dots on each box for that room. Red kitchen, yellow, living room, green 1st bedroom, flourecent orange DS bedroom, etc. This was helpful because a number of boxes ended up on wrong rooms and you could tell just by the colored label.
The 4X6 index cards work well because then you can organize them by room after all boxes have been packd. When I used the notebook on move 5, I had to flip throug the pages every time to find each box.
As far as the distance, start using up all your liquids. We only had 8 days before moving from PA to CO and needless to say when unpacking the liquids were our biggest problem. Some had spilled, some broken, or leaked into other things. I'll never move cross country with syrups, dishwashing soaps, etc. Unless we pack them and put them in our car instead of the moving truck.