ORGANIZING YOUR STUFF
Mobile “Inventory” Software
Don’t get spooked by the word “inventory” or system. Think of it this as a just fancy way to refer to your favourite stuff. Here’s a few suggestions for mobile apps to keep your moving day inventory nice and organized.
You’ve got your boxes, you’ve sorted your things, but how do you keep track of everything once the lids come down and the tape comes out? Labels! Having an intricate labelling system isn't mandatory for every move, but when moving day comes and goes, it helps having a method for sorting out all the madness afterwards (and differentiating 50 identical boxes from one another).Labeling by Room
Instead of writing what's in the box ("forks and knives") write where the box is supposed to go ("kitchen").
While this could lead to slightly slowing sorting later (especially if you have umpteen boxes in a given room), it will help keep things organized during the move itself. Movers often don't have the time to ask where a specific box goes, but seeing the room listed a glance goes a long way to making sure your utensils don’t end up buried in the living room after the move.Color Coordinate
Color-coordinating can add a second layer to your moving "inventory." You could either color-coordinate your labels by room (blue for bathroom, green for kitchen, etc.), or if you've already labelled boxes by room name, consider coordinating by priority (red for necessary, blue for things that can stay packed a few days, green for food, etc.).
To avoid surprises on moving day (and unnecessary back pain) clearly label your heavier boxes. Something as simple as "Heavy!!!" gets the message across.
Usually, it’s easy to tell which way a box is supposed to sit. However, if it’s not clear, slap a label on the side with an arrow pointing up or on the top with the words “this side up.”Labeling by QR Code
This is for all you ambitious, tech-savvy types out there: try using QR codes the next time you move. It might seem counter-intuitive, and more work intensive than the basic labelling options we mentioned above. But if you’ve got an A-type personality when it comes to organization, there’s nothing better.
There’s a few programs out there (along with free websites) that generate QR codes, but Boxmeup is a great example of an app that handles this. It has a QR code generator and print function, as well as virtual organization tools. After you set your virtual inventory up, and slapped on a few codes, scanning a box with your phone will reveal where the box is going and what’s inside.