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Tips for labeling your moving boxes

We all will packing and moving to a new place as a very difficult task. It is better to plan everything in advance as staying organized will reduce a lot of chaos and stress.

A great way to do that is to introduce structural organization during your home shifting. You can do it by using a fool proof labeling system once you have packed the cardboard boxes. It does not take up much time but will  keep you stress-free on moving day as well as when you finally have to unpack.

Here are some top 4 tips for labeling your moving cardboard boxes for the big day.

1. Keep the labeling tools handy
Channel your inner Monica and become super organized! Get the below listed stationary for labeling the boxes.

The basic thing you need for labeling the moving boxes are 2-3 permanent markers. Get thick tip ones. Make sure they are of good quality and brand. Avoid purchasing the cheapest markers, you can use this to write on tools for another purpose once the moving is done. Buy at least 4-5 different color set of markets. You can use different colors to label different room belongings. This will make the unpacking easy. You cannot predict the weather on a moving day, it is always best to prepare for rain in advance. Always use waterproof marker pens to avoid smudging of the label. You may also like to get some scotch tape.

2. Color codes are secret weapons
The best possible way to label the boxes is by using a color coding system. This concept is effective as well as simple enough to follow. Choose a color for each room and use it until the last box is packed!
Eg. if you choose the color red for living room use the red market and mark all the cardboard boxes in the living with red color. You can also write living room on them and mention the exact content of each cardboard box.

3. Follow the old number method
Another good way to label cardboard boxes are to make use of numbers in addition to color coding. You would not require any marker to write down the content of each box, it will save a lot of time. You can assign a unique number to every container and prepare a master inventory list.

The list will consist of the content of each cardboard box. Don’t lose the master inventory list, else all your efforts would be in vain. It is better to keep 2-3 copies of the list in separate place.  You can also photograph the list so that it stays in your mobile!

4. Method to Label the moving boxes
You can label the boxes as per your convenience, but be sure to label the top and sides, both of the cardboard boxes. Make sure the writing is visible and readable. Using a packing tape over the label is the best way to attach them to the moving boxes.  Once you have packed the box with delicate and breakable items, it is must to mark “Handle with care or Fragile” with big fonts or red color in order to attract attention of any person who maybe handling it.

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Mistakes To Avoid When Moving With Kids

Many times kids get disappointed when they get to know they have to leave their friends, school and home and move to an altogether new place. Once you have decided to move, you must inform and prepare your kids about the move.

Here are some common mistakes many people make when they move with their kids.

1. Not telling your kids the reason for move
You could assume that your kids are too young to understand the reason behind your move so you may decide not to tell them. This is the main reason kids find it difficult to settle into a new place and neighborhood. They are not aware why they left the previous place and suddenly why should they accept the new one.

The best solution is to inform your kids about the move. Answer all the question honestly. Explain and convince them about the change and good things that come with the relocation.

2.Waiting till the last minute before informing your kids
Don’t give unexpected news about the move to your child and shock them, they need some time to process the news. Last minute announcement may cause anxiety and panic.  They are too young to think but will understand very well that their life is going to change. While informing them about the move you can share beautiful pictures of the new place, locality, tourists attractions, play ground, new school to get them excited about moving.

3. Assuming kids can help with the pack
You can take help from your kids while packing and moving but avoid asking them to do too much. If you assume your kids maybe able to get their toys packed with no supervision, you’re wrong! Some older kids maybe able to help with the packing, but ensure that you guide them as you may end up with damaged and broken valuables.

4. Excluding the kids completely from the packing moving
Small kids cannot be expected to pack very well, but they can definitely help you during the move. Kids are usually interested in knowing what you are packing and taking to the new place. Ask them to pack their own toys and other belongings like books or clothes which are not too heavy.

5. Not preparing well in advance when the kitchen has been packed
Always keep a bag handy it should contain some healthy snacks and quick meals. Also have a few toys and books handy to engage them if your television has been packed. This way they will not get bored and get into dangerous situations when heavy furniture is being moved around.

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How to Pack Jewelry For Moving

We all have loads of expensive jewels pieces and artificial jewelry that we cherish for years. Do you own any favorite neck piece or a pair of earrings that has been gifted by someone special or passed down to you by your grandmother? Wouldn’t you be sad if you lost or damaged these during a move?

Here are some materials which can be helpful in packing your jewelry, so that they can be moved safely and easily.

1. Jewelry Box
A jewel box is not only a designer piece to store jewel but they are also very helpful in protecting them. It is a great way to safeguard all your jewels like necklaces, earrings, rings, bangles, bracelets, chains etc.

Jewelry boxes have different compartments to keep different jewels. You can pack all the jewels in them, you can use cotton as a stuffing so that one piece does not damage the another one. Once kept properly you can wrap them in a bubble wrap. Securely tape the boxes to ensure that they don’t get damages during transport.

You can easily find jewelry box of different sizes at your local jewelry store.

2. Jewelry Bags
The most challenging part while packing jewelry, especially chains, is to make sure they do not get tangled together or damaged. You can make use of jewelry bags that have special drawstring ties to secure each piece. You can also wrap individual jewel pieces in a wrapping paper or place it inside a small pouch before keeping them inside the jewelry bag.

3. Toilet Rolls
Chains are very delicate and can get easily tangled and can be damaged if not packed properly. You can simply use an empty toilet paper rolls to store chains in a box so that they don’t get damaged. This will prevent damage from tangling.

4. Old business cards
You can easily lose paired earrings, the best way is to make use of old business cards to hold them together. You can poke some holes to attach the hooks of earrings. If you do not have old business cards, you can also use the cardboard box. Cut them into small parts and poke holes in them. Make sure to tape the earring ends on the back of the card in order to protect them from falling out.

5. Sun Glass Cases
It is the perfect choice to pack brackets, bangles, and other jewels.You need not worry about anything getting damages during the transit. The hard sunglasses case can protect your precious jewelry very well.

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How to Prepare “Open First” Box

Packing and moving is a roller coaster ride and there are many things to take care. The most important thing is “Open First” box. This is the last box that you pack and also it is the very first box to be unpacked. it contains all the essentials that you may need during the last days in your old house and initial days in your new place.

Here are some essential that must be in “Open me first” box.

Toilet and Bathroom Essentials

It should include hand sanitizers, soaps, tooth brush, toothpaste, combs, hair dryer, shaving kit, toilet papers, hand towels, shampoo and bathroom towels for each family member and other cosmetics that you use on daily basis.

Bedroom Items

The open first box should contain bedspreads, pillows, blankets, additional set of clothes, and night dresses for each family member.

For the Kids

It is great to pack some toys, games, and books to keep kids engaging and happy. Additionally, you can also pack some crayons, pencils, and other craft items to keep them busy.

Take care of Pets

If you have pets like a cat or a dog, make sure to take their food, bowl. Also, take some soothing pet toys.

Kitchen items

Include some important kitchen items like plastic plates, cups, ready to cook a meal, soap, beverages etc. After all the hectic move and unloading everyone will be hungry, make sure to include some healthy snacks.

Cleaning items

Prepare essential cleaning items like mops, broom, detergent, surface cleaner, sponges, old clothes, newspapers etc.

Other Items

It can be your cosmetics, medicines, mobile charges, laptops, batteries, torch, emergency light, mosquito repellent, tool box, trash bags, light bulbs, old news papers.

Money, documents, and other items

Take some money for tipping the moving staff. Always carry your jewel and other expensive things along with you. Additionally, carry all your documents like credit cards, debit cards, bank papers, medical documents, driving license, birth certificate, passport etc.

Once you have prepared and packed the ” Open first box”, label it and keep it away from other boxes so that moving staff does not take it. You can keep it in your car if you are traveling into your new home by car.

Once you have arrived at your new home, after the unloading you can open the essential box and have a shower, meal and have a good sleep.

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How to Move Home Office

Packing a home office is not a very difficult task. One just has to be a little careful where we place the documents. The home office would be where  you keep your work documents, bills, cheques and other important work related items. And when the packing starts, all of these may end up in totally different boxes and you may will face a herculean task reorganizing your things in your new home.

To avoid such an incident, you can use these moving tips that will help you to pack the home office easily and efficiently.

Before starting with the packing, it is important to get some good quality packing supplies like office packing cardboard boxes, papers, tapes and markers. You may require many sturdy boxes to pack all the documents and other stationary.

Once you have all the packing materials handy, it is better to start early, rather than procrastinating. It may be tempting for you to want to pack the cabinets with things. However, it is advisable not to do so as the doors might get accidentally opened during the move.

Don’t keep the old and unwanted papers, they will simply add more weight on the boxes and you may end up paying more for the transportation cost. Organize your office documents based on alphabetic, chronological or any other convenient order so that it will easier to know which document lies where.

Once all the packing is done, clearly label the content of each box. Good packers and movers will use additional tapes to seal the cardboard boxes stronger  and ensure they don’t break open. Do not over load the boxes, keep few books and papers inside every box and use the empty space to place lighter object.

Avoid keeping sharp or other items which could damage the books. You can also properly safeguard any breakables with old newspapers for cushioning.

Take care of all the electronic belongings and pack them securely. If you have kept the boxes that the computer, printer, scanner and keyboard came in moving things will become easier.  You may also like to take a back up of all the data on your laptop or on the cloud. Use bubble wrap and appropriate packing paper to pack protect the computer/ laptop screen. Label the box as “handle with care” or fragile”.
Make sure you have mentioned the change in address on visiting cards and anywhere else required. Send an email to inform your colleagues or customers that you are moving and may not be available for a couple of days.

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How to move a cat

Cats are not a big fan of change in location. Just like humans, it is also stressful for cats to suddenly move to a totally new location. Even for us humans, moving is a stressful task – all the more for a cat.  So try these things to make the entire moving experience easier for the cat.

Prepare in Advance

You can spend some time to make your cat conformable with the entire moving process. This will reduce the anxiety. You can carry your cat in a carrier, this will be an easy way to carry them by car travel or air travel. Apart from that, start the packing in advance in so that you can make the packing process kind of fun instead of being stressed out.

If your cat loves to play in empty boxes, then let her! During the day of packing make sure your cat’s schedule is normal, this will reduce the anxiety. Have a consultation with your veterinary doctor in advance regarding the vaccinations and other records if you are moving to a new place.

Day of Moving

In order to have a smooth moving experience, keep your cat in a separate room with sufficient food and water. Supervise him on regular intervals. Empty the room’s content ahead of time so that there is minimal disturbance to agitate your cat.

The New Home for your Cat

Make sure to cat proof the entire home. Look for potential dangers and take necessary precautions to create a safe home for your cat. Discard hazardous items like pesticides, cleaning supplies, insect repellents that may be present. In addition to it, create a safe place for your cat so that he can get a quiet place. You can also set up the room with similar furniture and a little box with food, toys, and water.

This will create a familiar environment for your cat. Make sure your cat is not frightened of the change in environment, gradually expose him to the new environment under your supervision. Meanwhile, you can also set up your cat’s home where you will permanently keep them. by this, your cat will also have a safe place to return if he is not comfortable or far out of his comfort area.

Try to engage your cat and help him associate with the new home.  Play with the cat and do your regular cuddling or play – this will help them to adapt to the new place easily.