Packing In Color-Coded Boxes
After weeks of planning, the moving day draws closer. Interestingly, you look around the house and notice that you have managed to put almost everything into a box. You end up with several similar containers, but you cannot tell them apart. If you cart them to a moving truck looking like this, there will be problems ahead. While loading the containers, some of your stuff could break. You are the only one that knows what is inside, and the movers have no idea. Also, when you get to your destination, you will have to keep going from one box to the other trying to figure out how to arrange items in the new house.
Find out below how color coding your packing boxes will save you from the agony associated with relocation.
Resort to color-coding
Everywhere people use colors, the surroundings look presentable. Think of the park where you frequent. The blossoming flowers coupled with the green grass soothes you. Colors are impossible to ignore; only the blind cannot recognize them. Therefore, choose your favorite colors and assign a different one to each room. Please note that you do not need to buy blue, grey or yellow packing boxes. Instead, a colored tape will do just fine.
‘Color’ your rooms
No, this does not mean that you paint the entire house. It would be foolhardy knowing very well that you are moving out in a few weeks’ time. Instead, use a rough sketch of the new house’s floor plan. Pick any color at random to represent each room. To avoid getting confused, do not pick similar colors. Go for familiar ones like blue, green, red and yellow. After that, you may now proceed to pack your things in color-coded boxes. In other words, if yellow represents the bedroom, put a yellow sticker on the cartons where you will put stuff from this room.
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Mark the boxes
When you start packing, the recommended way is to tackle one room at a time. As soon as you finish or a box fills up, color-code it. Colored tape or stickers are ideal for this purpose. Alternatively, you can mark your packing boxes with permanent colored markers. Do ensure to keep to the color-code, do not get confused.
Inform the movers
The team that comes to coordinate the moving task will not know what the colors represent. Brief them on your choice of colors. Share with them your color guide so that they too know what they are hauling. With such an understanding, they will know where to place the cartons once they reach the other side.
Color-coding turns a hitherto stressful packing and moving process into an enjoyable one. Once you choose colors and allocate them to different sections, your work and that of the mover is halfway done. Stick to the familiar colors that you see daily. Place appropriate marks on boxes and let your mover know what rooms they represent. Invest in colored packing tape or stickers and make a stress-free transition.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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