In order to pack and retrieve your moving cartons well, you need to be able to identify them. Text-based labels are a good start. Make them big and easy to read, and try to place them in the same area—such as the upper left-hand corner—so that you’re always looking in the right spot. Color coding is excellent for even faster identification of categories. If you mark all kitchen boxes with yellow tape, for instance, then you can easily skip them when you come looking for your home theater components.
If you’re moving in to a new home, organize everything in priorities, such a day, weeks and months. Then, load the months first, followed by the weeks and so forth. You can use a similar approach if you use your storage regularly. Christmas decorations should be way in the back, for instance, while your lawn equipment should be up front and easily accessible.