The clearly marked and color-coded designations (Office, Bedroom, Bedroom #2, Kitchen, Storage, etc.) made unloading go quickly for our movers, and organizing our many cardboard moving boxes much easier for us later on. No doubt we could have accomplished something similar with a handful of colored Sharpies, but it would have taken a lot of consistently careful writing to even approach the same effect—at a time when we were looking to make less work, not more—and the colored tapes really help make sorting a breeze.
At $12 for the two bedroom kit (pictured above), which gets you two rolls of bedroom and kitchen tape and one roll of living room and bathroom tape, the packing streamliners seem like a pretty good buy. If that still seems a little silly, you could always just go with color-coded tape of your own. Either way, it’s a simple but great idea.