Originally Posted by ~Nikki~
I've moved so many times that I've tried every single way. Numbering the boxes and keeping a master list isn't that great, imo. For starters, what if you lose the list? Secondly, if you have helpers, it's much easier to be very plain and blunt about where the boxes go.
My favorite method (when we had 8 friends helping us unload) was to label the boxes with "Kitchen" "Living Room" "Our Room" "DS's Room" "Bathroom 1" etc. We'd also add a little description (ie: clothing, cutlery, food, etc.) Then I'd tape up a piece of paper above the doorframe with the room names on them (because our helpers didn't have a clue which kid was getting which room, for example). Next time, I'd like to do this with the furniture, as well.
I'm a little behind on the conversation here, but here's my 2 cents worth on this. How I'm doing it is that I am labeling contents and using a master list for certain things. Since we don't know where we'll be living yet (buying or renting, how much space we'll have, etc.) I am assuming that there are certain boxes of things that I will not need to unpack right away, and in fact will end up in storage if we are in a place that's temporary or maybe even in a basement or something for a while if it's a "permanent" place. So there are books that we want to keep, but don't necessarily need out or refer to all the time, etc. (I have a lot of midwifery books I keep for client reference, lending out, etc.) I boxed those up and numbered the boxes like, "Box 1--midwifery books". I made a little form on the computer with spaces for "Box number, box destination (as in, "storage" "basement" "living room" etc. and printed them out and then as we were packing the books, I wrote down the titles on my list. It's a little cumbersome right now, but I imagine that it will be less of a PITA than digging through four or five boxes in a storage unit unpacking everything trying to find one specific book that I need.
The rest of the things that I pack that will be unpacked in a more or less immediate fashion will be just labeled on the sheet like "Box 35--kitchen utensils" and then labeled similarly on the box itself, both top and side.
Although, I think as it turns out the movers will be packing us (it's a company move, woo hoo!) and so I have no idea how they do it! Hopefully it gets done in some sort of an orderly fashion so that I'll be able to find things when they're done! Anyone ever had any experience with movers who pack your stuff and move it and unload it? How do they organize things?