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* There's always more to do than you expect.
 
* There's always more to do than you expect.
 
* Pack the things you'll need soon after the move (before you're unpacked) separately and in some way that makes it easily identifiable.
 
* Pack the things you'll need soon after the move (before you're unpacked) separately and in some way that makes it easily identifiable.
** For instance, use a different color box, a brightly colored label, or distinctive tape
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** For instance, use a different color box.
 
** Consider including things like
 
** Consider including things like
 
**# [[medicine]]s
 
**# [[medicine]]s
 
**# a couple of changes of [[clothing]]
 
**# a couple of changes of [[clothing]]
**# key paperwork (bills, ID, the lease or deed to your new home, tax information)
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**# key paperwork (bills, ID)
 
** Some other things that should be accessible during the packing and unpacking...
 
** Some other things that should be accessible during the packing and unpacking...
 
**# toilet paper
 
**# toilet paper
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* begin packing
 
* begin packing
 
*: Pack the things you won't need until after the move such as out of season clothing. Label it well, so when the season changes you can find it.
 
*: Pack the things you won't need until after the move such as out of season clothing. Label it well, so when the season changes you can find it.
* use other [[storage]]
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* use other storage
 
*: Sometimes you have another place to put things. Consider using it until the move is done. For instance, if you have a camper, can you store all camping related materials there until after the move? If you buy new furniture, will the store agree to hold it until you move?
 
*: Sometimes you have another place to put things. Consider using it until the move is done. For instance, if you have a camper, can you store all camping related materials there until after the move? If you buy new furniture, will the store agree to hold it until you move?
*: Some commercial movers will supply containers and storage as well as the move. This storage can be used to pack in advance or to reduce the amount of unpacking than must be done immediately. But be careful that you use them for things you won't need during that time period.
 
 
* find moving help
 
* find moving help
 
*: Will you be making this move with the help of friends or will you be hiring people? Rates and abilities vary, so check this out in advance. If you are using professionals, get the contract in advance and find out if there are any "extras" that you will be charged, like fuel charges or packing materials.
 
*: Will you be making this move with the help of friends or will you be hiring people? Rates and abilities vary, so check this out in advance. If you are using professionals, get the contract in advance and find out if there are any "extras" that you will be charged, like fuel charges or packing materials.
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