Save Time Using Our Box-labeling Tips

Full-service movers always offer expert packing as part of a complete interstate move. Think of it: Jackson’s Relocation Services’ home movers skillfully placing your cherished items inside properly configured and protected boxes. Still, some people prefer doing their own packing. However, they still leave heavy-lifting duties to pros who make their living managing the logistics of a cross-country move. If you like the sound of crumpled paper or the “pop” of bubble wrap underfoot, then our box-labeling tips will get you as close as possible to how the professional movers do it.

No guesswork


Logically labeling boxes during packing will make the unpacking process in your new home proceed as smoothly as possible. (Also read: National Van Lines’ packing tips for an organized move.) As a Sedalia moving company for nearly 20 years and one of Missouri’s busiest moving companies, we’ve witnessed many packing approaches. Often, people buy black heavy-duty markers and scribble room names in big, capital letters on one side of their boxes. That’s better than nothing. But with our extensive experience as long distance movers, we’ve got a superior solution. Begin by purchasing plenty of thick-tip markers in various colors (green, blue, red, black, purple, etc.). The more, the merrier. Ensure these writing instruments are water-proof just in case a box is exposed to moisture. You either can mark directly on your boxes or use labels. If opting for labels, cover them after writing with clear packing tape to prevent their removal during transit.

Color coordination

A few color-coding options are possible. You can label by person, by room or a combination. Whichever might make the most sense for packing and unpacking easier and faster. You could group household items by marking in one color the room of origin on the box and then packing personal items (e.g., clothes, shoes, jewelry and toiletries) separately in boxes marked in colors per each family member. For example, write in green the word “kitchen” on the outside of the box containing your pots and pans. Write “family room” in purple on the box holding the knick-knacks that make that room so much fun. For Laura’s wardrobe, use blue marker entirely, no matter from which room the items originate. Laura’s shoes? Even though they’re in the downstairs closet, write in blue “Laura’s shoes.” Laura’s socks? Despite being stored in the upstairs master-bedroom dresser, still use blue to write “Laura’s socks” on that box.

Detailed descriptions

Get even more detailed and jot the contents, too. So for the pots-and-pans example, not only write “kitchen” in green, add “pots and pans” on the box sides so it says, “kitchen: pots and pans.” This will differentiate that box from “kitchen: glassware” or “kitchen: cutlery.” People often react faster to what they see vs. what they read, so recognizing colors rather than deciphering different names and rooms all written in black will facilitate faster sorting when placing items in your new home. Speaking of colors, red traditionally evokes an immediate reaction of concern, so it makes sense to reserve that color for marking items “fragile.” Boxes holding these sensitive items should be identified by writing “fragile” on all sides. In general, boxes should be marked on the side (not on top). Since boxes will be stacked, messages written on top would be virtually invisible during transit. Should a box need to remain in an upright position, label boxes as such with an upward-pointing arrow.

Quantity control

Another vital step is to number all the boxes and record the final quantity on your moving cross country checklist. This ensures that if you move out with 50 boxes, you’ll expect to see that same number when you arrive at your interstate move’s final destination. Of course, if you believe your pre-move time would be better spent on other tasks, Jackson’s Relocation Services offers a simple solution: Let us do it for you! With our expert moving and relocation services, we can pack your things and move you—even just across town—at a reasonable rate. Whether you’re seeking an interstate moving company or local movers in Sedalia, contact our team now for a moving quote at either (660) 826-6898 or (800) 452-6683.

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