As moving experts, we understand the importance of organising and labelling during European house removals. Proper labelling ensures your belongings are protected and helps you quickly locate necessities when you arrive at your new home. 

In this guide, we will share tips on how to organise and label boxes for a smooth and successful moving experience.


  1. The Importance of Labelling
  2. Labelling your boxes is essential for several reasons
  3. It allows you to quickly find and unpack essential items upon arrival at your new home.
  4. It helps those handling the boxes identify fragile items and treat them with care.
  5. It makes the unpacking process more efficient and organised.

Categorising Boxes

To begin, sort your belongings into categories based on the room they belong to or the type of item they are. This can include:

  • Kitchen items
  • Bedroom items
  • Bathroom items
  • Living room items
  • Electronics
  • Books
  • Clothing
  • Fragile/breakable items

Organising Tips

Here are some specific recommendations to help you organise your belongings before packing:

  • Disassemble large items, such as furniture, to save space and make them easier to transport.
  • Use bubble wrap, packing paper, or towels to protect breakable items.
  • Pack heavy items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Use appropriately sized boxes to prevent overloading and ensure your belongings’ safety.

We recommend and use twin walled boxes which are reasonably thick and withstand other boxes being stacked on top of them without crushing. On European removals all boxes should be sealed tightly for customs inspection. We do not recommend open top fruit/veg type boxes.

Also note specialised boxes can now be purchased for Flatscreen TV’s, CD/DVD, Golf Clubs, Bikes, Wine bottles and glasses, Mirrors and pictures and lastly a bits box. Bits boxes are handy for keys from cabinets and drawers and any screws and fittings from dismantled items.

Systematic Labelling

Follow these steps to label each box systematically:

  • Write a brief description of the contents on the side of the box (e.g., “kitchen utensils” or “bedroom linens”).
  • Indicate the destination room (e.g., “Kitchen” or “Master Bedroom”) for easy unpacking.
  • Mark boxes containing fragile items with “FRAGILE” in bold letters.
  • If possible, add handling instructions, such as “This Side Up” or “Handle with Care,” to ensure proper handling during transport.

Effective Labelling Techniques

To further enhance your organisation, consider the following labelling techniques:


Assign an individual number to each box and maintain an inventory list detailing the contents of each numbered box. This not only helps you keep track of your belongings but also allows you to quickly locate specific items when needed.


Use coloured labels or markers to assign a specific colour to each room or category. For example, use blue labels for kitchen items, red labels for bedroom items, etc. This visual cue makes it easy to identify which boxes belong in each room during unpacking.

Digital Tools

Consider using digital tools, such as Smartphone apps or online spreadsheets to create an inventory list and keep track of your labelled boxes.

Please note Edwards European Moving needs a clear and accurate inventory list in order to complete customs formalities.

We are happy to use your inventory if it’s suitable although we normally complete an inventory upon loading, which is free of charge for all clients.

If packing and labeling seem too daunting or if you are tight for time of team of experienced export packers will be happy to assist. We use high quality packing materials and our crews are trained in packing for overseas moving. See our range of packing services

In conclusion, organising and labelling your boxes is crucial for a successful house removal process. By categorising your belongings, systematically labelling each box, and employing effective labelling techniques, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free moving experience.