Now, I was also determined to make this next move a lot smoither and more organized and I was searching everywhere for ideas. Colored printable labels, circle stickers, buying expensive moving boxes,etc. But they all seemed like a lot of money and time printing,cutting,etc.
So I kind of adapted to fit my budget.
I found these 15ft rolls of different colored/patterned duck tape at the Dollar Tree (the hello kitty one was on clearance at Kmart). I liked them because most of them were shiny and thus stood out against all the used boxes Id gathered.
Now, I could have gotten a copy of each and just boxed the boxes up with the assigned rooms tape, but being the frugal minded person I am I decided to just put a small strips on a side or two of each box instead. It takes a little more time but it makes the tape last and it still makes it easy to sort boxes.
I got this square container at the Dollar Tree as well which I put all the tape, perminant markers (which I use to write on the box what's in it), scissors and my key so its easy to carry around and i dont loose it as easily!
I've seen where people number each box and have a binder with what's in each box but let's face it I'm trying to pack everything as quickly as I can before my children get into it so I skipped this step. If you have the time and patients this is a great idea! There's even printable labels out there with space to number and write the contents which are excellent!
But for me this is good enough:)
I will also be throwing in cleaning supplies and sheets because I know I'm always searching for them and I don't want to search for sheets when I'm exauhsted from moving. Maybe I'll need 2 bins??
Another great tip I read was to pack a bag with essentials for each person like shower items, makeup, a couple pairs of clothes, PJs, and to make moving less stressful on your relationship with your spouse pack "something special" to help "break in" your new house ;)
So here's a list of things I'm putting in my open first bin so you can easily access a list:
3-paper/plastic goods: cups,plates,utensils,bowls,etc. (Trust me even if you unbox everything you will want to clean everything first and that's just not going to happen the first night!)
4-basic tool kit:screwdriver,pliers&hammer
6-office supplies: boxing tape, a fridge magnet, scissors, marker, pen, reg tape, etc.
7-cooking supplies:optional if you want to cook meals at home the first couple nights
8-hand towels: one for each bathroom and the kitchen
10-set of sheets for each bed
11-towel for each person for first night shower/bath
12-basic cleaning supplies: Window spray,all purpose spray, toilet cleaning items, cloths, plunger, dish soap,spundge, magic eraser,etc.
13- pack a small bag for each person with a couple pairs of clothes, PJs,socks,hair things, hair brush,toothbrushes, soap, lip balm, make-up,shampoo/conditioner,razor, chargers and extra something special (for hubby and maybe a small toy or book for kids,etc.), kids special items,etc.
Pretend you're going somewhere for the weekend.
So there you go! My secrets to keeping you organized and sane during a move!