Boxes, bubblewrap, packaging tape, more boxes—that is my life right now! We are moving in t-minus four days—FOUR DAYS! And today is this day that we officially close on the house (our first house)! I usually try to refrain from using this many exclamation points, but I just can’t help it right now! Today I’m going to be sharing some awesome organizational printables I designed that have been essential to this move. Here it is: my super awesome, printable moving kit!
I’m stressed out about moving for LOTS of reason, but here is the main one: we have moved twice before, and it has always been disastrous! Here’s a brief summary of how they both went:
Isaac (my cute fiancé at the time) and I were getting married on August 18. We found a perfect apartment, signed all the papers, paid our deposit, and were abruptly informed that we weren’t even allowed to live there until we were married (what?!). Apparently, the apartment complex is considered “family housing,” and they don’t want students with roommates there. Since both my soon-to-be hubby and I were students at the time, we would have fallen into the “non-family” category.
The apartment manager was able to swing it so that we would be allowed to move all our
crap prized possessions in the day before we got married, that’s right, THE DAY BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED. Needless to say, It was incredibly stressful, led to two mental breakdowns, and we got zero sleep the night before the wedding.
This move was better than the first only because, you know, it wasn’t the day before our wedding. I was pregnant during this move though, so I wasn’t exactly much help in the “lifting heavy things” department.
The main reason this move was so bad was that we were completely unorganized! I had no idea how to box things up and get things ready to go. In the end, I boxed up most of the kitchen, the books, DVDs, and clothes; then I said to myself, “The rest will make it over there somehow.” What’s wrong with me?
As you can probably guess, my lack of preparation led to an extremely long day (and night) of trips back and forth from our old apartment to the new one. And even though they are too polite to admit it, I’m sure it annoyed out family members to no end while they were helping us (sorry everyone!).
NOT AGAIN! I vow that this move will be better!
So, I designed this moving kit mainly for myself, but I hope that it will be useful to you as well. I’ve included box labels for the living room, master bedroom, master bathroom, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, garage, and office, as well as three sheets that you can customize! Also included is a sheet a labels that say fragile, for all the lovely but breakable things in your life. (For some reason, we own four beer mugs, fourteen wine glasses, and a teacup… and we don’t drink alcohol or tea!)
The second half of this moving kit are sheets that match the aforementioned categories. I used these in a binder, and wrote down the contents of each box as I packed them. There is a space on the labels where you can write in a box number, and a section on the sheets where you can do the same. That way you know exactly what’s inside each box, and unpack accordingly (congratulations, you’ve just reached moving organization nirvana).
I still have a little way to go, but I already feel 100 times better about this move than the last one! We are going to kick this move in the butt!
How do you stay organized when you’re preparing to move?
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Be sure to check out the loads of other organization printables I have on my website!
OlushkaAugust 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm (8 years ago)
Oh, this idea is great! We moved to another city a year ago, and I really now, such things are super helpful! I wish you a good moving!
Have a nice week,
MandeeAugust 4, 2015 at 10:47 am (8 years ago)
Thanks Olga! Yeah, so far so good—glad I’m more organized this time around. ^_^
EstherOctober 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm (7 years ago)
I LOVE THIS! Thank you soooo much, im moving in a few months
i will definetly use this.
Blessings and greetings
all the way from the Netherlands.
MandeeOctober 5, 2015 at 9:03 am (7 years ago)
Yay! That makes me so happy to hear Esther. Wow, the Netherlands: how cool! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Jenny KresnikFebruary 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm (7 years ago)
What labels do you use to print out the box label on? Any certain avery label that I can get at an office store?
MandeeFebruary 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm (7 years ago)
Hi Jenny! I typically just stick to whole-sheet sticker paper: that way I can print out whatever I want and just cut it down to size. 🙂
Jenny KresnikFebruary 18, 2016 at 5:45 am (7 years ago)
Perfect!! Thank you!! We are moving in a bit and this time around it’s with our 4 kids, so I want to stay on top of it! Thanks!!
RandiJanuary 25, 2017 at 4:11 pm (6 years ago)
where do you purchase the whole sticker page sheets?
MandeeJanuary 26, 2017 at 10:14 am (6 years ago)
I purchased a pack of 100 sheets of these a while back, but you can find full-sheet labels like these at your local office store or on Amazon.
Hope that helps!
DimpleJuly 24, 2018 at 11:30 am (5 years ago)
Thankyou so much this is so helpful.
MandeeJuly 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm (5 years ago)
Glad it could be of use to you! ^_^
CrystalSeptember 9, 2019 at 7:06 pm (4 years ago)
Love this idea!
is there a way we can modify the colors & change some of the category to
MandeeSeptember 10, 2019 at 8:41 am (4 years ago)
While the colors are not easily changed outside of design software, the kit does include a few blank label sheets at the end that are completely customizable, so you can add in whatever text you would like. 🙂
CrystalSeptember 12, 2019 at 7:33 am (4 years ago)
Awesome! Is there anyway you can share the file to modify the colors?(don’t mind paying for it) I have canva and illustrator.
The thing is I don’t want to use the same colors. I have additional rooms like two offices and 3 additional bedrooms.
MandeeSeptember 12, 2019 at 8:21 am (4 years ago)
Sure thing Crystal! I’ll send you an email, and let you know the details. 🙂