Step 1: Take the Devil Out of the Details

Before you even buy your first roll of packing tape, make sure to contact the local post office, utility companies, cable/internet provider and any household services (lawn care, pest control, etc.) to notify them of your upcoming change of address and to halt any unwanted subscriptions. This can often be done up to two months ahead of time and today most of these changes can even be made online  which means you can cut down on out the time on spent waiting on hold and ensure that you wont be paying two cable bills at the end of the month.
<p>A good idea would be to get a moving checklist down so that you can keep track of what you need!</p>
<p>Nice Suggestions. Tip to unpack the packing first, i like the most. As moving major hassle is to unpack things properly. If you enough smart to memorizeeverything when you pack, then it will help you, but if you forget then it will turn into a big disaster. So, make a proper <a href="http://www.movemastersmoving.net/pdf/Moving-Checklist.pdf" rel="nofollow">checklist</a> before to move anywhere to have a stress -free move.</p>
I look at it as a form of triage. Everything in the house has to be sorted into one of three categories. 1. What you're throwing away. 2. What you're giving away/selling/donating to charity. 3. What you're shipping. So start by clearing a space for each of the three categories. Then start with the areas you touch the least - basement, attic, storage closets, etc. Most of what's in these you'll not have touched for months, so it belongs in category 1 or 2. Some folks spend a lot of time worrying about where things will go when they get to where they are going. To me, that's a waste of time for anything but your daily-use items. When you unpack, you'll need your daily clothes, daily dishes, etc., immediately. So for those, it's worth the effort to pack them with an eye to ease of unpacking. But those quilts your great aunt made for your kids, twenty years ago? You may want to keep them, but it's not all that important that the movers get them into the right room, when they unload the truck.
I like your idea of unpacking essentials first, that's goodadvice.&nbsp; We gave away so much stuff as we packed... moving isdefinitely good for purging unused items :)
Join a community organization that has branches in many different places, when you move contact the local branch and ask for help in moving your stuff into the new place.
After moving: make sure the new occupier of your old house knows that yes, you do actually want them to forward <em>all</em> your mail, and preferably when it arrives, not two months later when you come chasing it up, and especially especially the ones that say &quot;pay this now or we'll fine you all the money in the world&quot; on them.<br/><br/>What boxing philosophy do you subscribe to- play 3D Tetris and fill every box completely full with tesselating but unrelated objects, or leave some gaps but put similar things together so that when you need your calculator, a roll of sellotape and a <em>McGyver</em> DVD you know where they are?<br/>
We once had our entire shipment of boxes that was meant to go from Tasmania to Canberra, and some how it went to Queensland and sat in Brisbane for 3 months. Step 3 just reminds me of this. : )
Ha, I've moved 8 times and I'm sane.... *twitch, twitch*

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