Utilize wardrobe boxes.
These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Call your mover to ask the width of the wardrobe boxes they'll be bringing. Then measure the clothes in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you'll need. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets, or gift wrap tubes.
Make a Moving Check List
Write everything down! You'll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You'll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Don't put the list down unless it's in a place you'll call Packing Central. This is where you'll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific -- "A-D files" is better than "files", and "Tulip dishes" rather than "misc. kitchen".
Check Out The Area
If you are moving to a new area, start your research using the internet. Check out the council website in your proposed area to get a feel for the community and what is important to the council.
Switch Utility Services
Contact your water, sewer, electrical, gas, home security, rubbish disposal, telephone and cable companies. Tell them when you're moving and when you need your services transferred. You'll find contact information for the utility companies servicing your new home here on pulte.comójust visit your new home's Community page.
The physical work begins in earnest now, but remember not to pack absolutely everything. There are some items you'll need on your moving day, such as cleaning supplies (which you'll want available for whomever is making the last cleaning rounds in your existing house) toys for your children, and a limited supply of food and clothes. Also, for obvious reasons, make sure important documents such as your contract with the movers don't get boxed.