1. Start Packing Early
Anything you can pack ahead will save you time and energy on moving day. Live out of a suitcase the last week and let your children play with just a few favorite toys.
2. Give away, sell, toss or recycle anything you do not need.
3. Make a list. Have a simple record keeping system. Coordinate your boxes by number, by color for different rooms and by order of priority for needed items.
4. Remember the Bare Necessities. Toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need on arrival at your new home.
5. Keep things together. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes or plastic bags and taped to the item. Keep picture hooks with pictures, bed screws with the flats, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit.
6. Use your space. Luggage, baskets, duffle bags, crates, and drawers can be used to pack clothing, sheets towels and clothes.
7. Safeguard valued items. Keep your valuable possessions and important papers with you; such as: birth certificates, school records, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, and closing papers.
8. Have plenty of supplies. Have plenty of boxes and packing tape and markers for labeling. Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items.
9. Don't make the boxes too heavy to lift. Put heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in large boxes.
10. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. Or, put them in a clear plastic bin so you can easily find them.
11. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.
12. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
13. Get the Bed Ready. Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won't have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.
14. Don't forget about the Fridge. After you've thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.
15. Keep the Phone Book. Take your current phone book with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former hometown.