Getting and staying organized by packing and labeling each item for a smooth move
By: Roger King
Before you start transferring dishes and books into boxes, dedicate a few hours to planning how you will pack and label. All boxes should be packed with things that go together and should be clearly labeled so you can move them into the correct room in the new home. Boxes should be the right size so you can move them easily, either with a hand truck or carrying by hand.
Allow plenty of time for packing; it always takes longer than you think. Gather more supplies than you think you’ll need and keep them in a centralized location. Start by packing items you hardly ever use and tackle big projects first. Set a maximum weight for boxes you will lift and carry by hand. Moving boxes are usually rated to hold 65 pounds; the limit is printed on the bottom of the box.
Because boxes get rotated during loading and unloading, mark each box on at least two sides. Keep an inventory of the contents of your boxes. Clearly label each box with the room where it should end up in the new home. There are a number of items you should keep with you while you travel in the car or in the cab of the truck; maps and driving directions, moving inventory, moving rental paperwork, credit card, bank card, and last but not lease the keys to your new home.
Make some rough calculations as to schedule and packing well in advance of your move. Moving companies and Internet companies provide the use of a box calculator, a software program that lets you plug in the number and type of rooms you are packing to arrive at an average number of boxes. The truck size should have enough space to accommodate your stuff, to make loading and unloading easy.