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5 Things You Definitely Should Label When Packing for a Move

Labeling things when you are packing for a move is an essential way to keep things organized. Here are 5 things you definitely don't want to skip labeling to avoid stress later on. Labels are your best friends when you are moving. They help you keep things organized and under control to reduce stress throughout the process, from packing to unpacking. The more you label, the less you’ll have to worry about later.

While you may be tempted to rush through the packing process, we strongly recommend taking the extra few minutes to label the following items so you’ll save yourself a lot of time and headache in the long run.

What You Should Label When Moving

Every box

This may sound like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people actually leave some boxes unmarked. Don’t assume you’ll remember what’s in a particular box later. Doing so can cause a lot of stress later on when you have the whole house to unpack, you’re tired from the move, and you are digging through boxes looking for something specific.

Always label every box clearly and have a corresponding inventory list. Number each box and write the room on it, then list out the contents in a notebook or digital inventory list so you can always find exactly what you need by referring to it.


It’s smart to put together an essentials box for the whole family that includes things like toilet paper and cutlery, then an essentials box for each individual family member with things they will need immediate access to the first night in the new home. Make sure these boxes are clearly labeled as such and put aside so they don’t end up inaccessible on the truck or somewhere you can’t easily locate them.

Anything fragile or perishable

All boxes that contain items that are fragile or perishable, such as food, should be clearly marked so movers can handle them with extra care. Put these labels in easily spotted places on the boxes in bold letters so they don’t go unnoticed.

Unmarked packaging

If you have any items that are unmarked, we recommend labeling them before you pack them. This includes things like food, hardware, and toiletries that may have been transferred to different packaging to make them safer to move. Instead of being stuck scratching your head about what’s inside later or wondering where you put what, clearly label them ahead of time to avoid any confusion.

Electrical wiring

Electrical wiring is some of the trickiest to set back up when you move into your new place. Before disassembling everything, take photos of the wiring and then clearly label everything so you know what goes where. It will save you a ton of time when you’re settling into your new place.

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