1. Pay someone to do it for you Sarah and Brian are much younger than me. When you get to be my age, or honestly, when you are over 25, you want to hire a real moving company, not your best friend's brother, to move your stuff. Yes, it costs a bit more, but the hassle, sweat and stress it saves you is priceless. Many companies will even offer to pack your stuff for you if you want to spend the extra dough.
2. Order supplies online Bubble wrap, tissue paper and packing tape are expensive. Try getting this stuff at Staples and it will break the bank. But if you do a little online research, you can bulk order these items, have them shipped directly to you and save a bundle. Plus, you can buy such a large amount, you know you'll have enough to protect those fragile items.
3. Don't wait until the last minute Unless you own a 4-bedroom house, chances are you don't need to start packing a month ahead of time. But there's no reason to wait until the day before the move either. Allow at least 1-2 weeks to start packing. This gives you time to label boxes, purge, pack the items you know you don't need right away, and save the last minute stuff for well, last minute stuff. Also, if you pack early and run out of supplies, you are not frantically seeking them at the eleventh hour.
4. Keep cleaning supplies and a box cutter handy Unless you've had a chance to get into the new place early, chances are it's going to need a clean. Either major or minor. I like to keep a roll of paper towels, some Fantastic and glass cleaner handy so when the movers are moving my items, I can clean. This allows me to start unpacking the minute they leave. Oh, and that box cutter is kind of important if you have any hope of opening said boxes.
Are you moving this year? Any moving triumphs or horror stories? We'd love to hear about them!