1. Clear out the junk
Dispose of the items you don’t plan to take to your new place. Have a garage sale, give away to friends and family, donate to charity or simply toss them.
2. Collect free boxes
Check with local grocery, liquor, hardware and warehouse stores first to see whether they can give you used ones.
3. Label the boxes
Consider labeling the boxes with colored labels for easier sorting and unpacking later. Based on the rooms where they’ll go, label boxes on every side. It helps to minimize the chaos on moving day.
4. Don’t skimp on tape
Buy good tape and lots of it. Also, you can pick up a heavy-duty tape dispenser made for shipping usually for $20 or less at office supply stores and other retailers.
5. Consider the weight
For instance, books should go in small boxes, shoes and clothes in midsize boxes and bedding in large boxes. It’s easier for the movers and won’t be so heavy to lift and carry.
6. Stay focused
Don’t get distracted and try to finish packing each room before switching to the next. If you wait until the last minute, we all have a tendency to start putting un-related items in assorted boxes which make for an unpacking nightmare.
7. Don’t waste space
To conserve on boxes, you should pack belongings into coolers, totes, laundry hampers, baskets, empty suitcases and empty drawers.
8. Throw in the towel
Save money on bubble wrap by using towels and clothes as cushioning for glasses and other breakables.
9. Pack the kitchen last
Chances are, all that packing will make you hungry, and you don’t want to be scrounging around for plates, utensils and cups. Keep paper plates, plastic ware and drinking cups on hand for easy disposal.