I get asked often what is my favorite trick or tip to make PCSing (or moving) just a bit easier. My answer is always PCS color coded organization! What do I mean by that? It’s really so simple but makes a world of difference just by using colored duct tape! So how does this simple but effective system work? Let me explain…
First thing you need to do is buy several different colors of duct tape, I got the multipack on clearance at Target for $5, which is a steal and I found it right before packing out…double bonus! Get 1 color/design for each room such as Kitchen, Living room, each bedroom, garage, etc. I also love colored duct tape in general so I stock up when I find it on sale, then it comes in handy for times like these.
Next I get out our handy PCS notebook and put a section of each tape in it and label it with the designated room.
Then you let the packers come (or if your doing a DITY move, pack it yourself) and after the boxes are packed in each room stick the corresponding color of tape on each box. I always try to to a top or front side (or both) so that it can be easily seen when unpacking. Yes, the packers in AL did look at us like we were a bit crazy, but hey we’re used to it 😉 And if you look at the above picture you can see that the movers labeled the boxes wrong! They said girls room but if you look at the colored tape you’d know they go in Bub’s room (we put the tape on the boxes while still in the rooms to ensure the proper coding). So had we followed their ‘guidance’ Bea would have had several boxes of Bub’s stuff in her room.
Bea’s room, labeled correctly by color 🙂
We even put it on the bed parts after they break them down, on the inside where it won’t cause any damage of course!
So are you wondering WHY this is helpful? It’s so helpful because it makes unloading at your next house so easy! Here’s the key though, make sure you have some of each of the tape colors left and either carry it with you in your luggage, send in Unaccompanied Baggage if it will be there before your HHG’s, or mail with the stuff you plan on mailing. Then on the day the movers are to arrive take a piece of each tape and put it on the corresponding door frame for each room.
This makes a huge difference because now you do not have to stand at the front door for every minute of the long day because the mover’s can look at the tape color and put in the correct room! The mover’s here in Germany thought it was a great idea and liked that they didn’t have to keep asking where stuff went, they looked at the tape color and took it to the correct room! This was so helpful in speeding up the process AND making sure all the stuff got in the correct rooms!
This is ALSO helpful for when you are moving yourself or doing a DITY move, check out my past post here
Mr. B thinks I’m a bit crazy and overdo it with the PCS organization but I think even he was a believer after this last PCS!