Color Code Moving Boxes with Duct Tape

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Save Time Packing by Color Coding Moving Boxes with Duct Tape

Colored Duct Tape on Moving Boxes

As moving day approaches, you may have many moving boxes that all look alike.  Using colored duct tape or duck tape to color code moving boxes will streamline the moving process.  Colored duct tape will save you time while packing and unpacking!

Select a different color tape to represent each room.  Just place that color duct tape on all the boxes packed in that room. I suggest Duck brand duct tape because it comes in many vibrant colors and patterns, and it is very durable.

Create a master list designating a color for each room, and place a roll of that color tape in the room as you pack.  For example, all kitchen boxes could have green tape, while all home office boxes have pink tape. Young children will enjoy helping with this process, and choosing the brightly colored tape for each room.

When packing the moving truck, it will be easier to place the boxes for each room together. Boxes can then be unloaded one room at a time.  This is very helpful if friends and family are helping you move, or if you’ve hired movers.

If there are boxes that are going to a storage unit for long term storage, you can choose one color to represent the storage unit as well.   If you prefer, you can keep track of the contents of each box by using a permanent marker to write on the box or duct tape.

List of rooms with colored duct tape next to each room.

On move-in day, you can also place a piece of the correct color tape on the door to each room.  This will make it easier for everyone to bring the boxes to the proper place. On your next move, make a small investment in colored duct tape for a better organized moving experience.


By | 2016-10-24T13:01:42+00:00 May 9th, 2013|Moving|5 Comments

About the Author:

Nancy Haworth is a Professional Organizer and Owner of On Task Organizing, LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. She assists residential clients throughout the area in organizing homes, decluttering, moving, and managing time. She has been a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals since 2011.


  1. Pamela Young October 12, 2013 at 1:16 am - Reply

    That is such a great idea, I hate moving day , but this will make it more fun and organized. If you have any other tips to making moving easier please let me know.

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  4. Devin Mark May 5, 2018 at 4:30 am - Reply

    All packing box are same, we do not know which item is placed in the box. That’s why we should write something above the box so that we know which item is in the box. Your color code ideas is better. I like the your idea. Thanks for sharing the great information. Good Luck!

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