Use the right size boxes.
Using the right size boxes is important because this avoids broken boxes and valuables. Heavier items like books and dishes are better in smaller boxes and much easier to carry.
Make a list.
If you have a list of everything you need to do, remember, purchase etc it will make your life a hundred times easier. If you have it written and can see your list in front of you and check everything off while your doing it, moving wont seem so overwhelming.
Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top.
If you're loading the truck up yourself be sure to pack heavier boxes first, toward the front of the truck for balance.
Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes.
Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced and once again ensures your items and valuables do not get broken. This also means utilizing your wardrobe boxes which includes putting things like belts and purses etc in bags and putting them under your clothes that you are hanging in these boxes.
Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
It will make your packing quicker and your unpacking a lot easier, too.
Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents.
This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list in a small notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed―and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack.
Tape boxes well.
Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques―making a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.
If you’re moving expensive art, ask your mover about special crating.
Never wrap oil paintings in regular paper; it will stick. For pictures framed behind glass, make an X with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and to hold it together if it shatters. Then wrap the pictures in paper or bubble wrap and put them in a frame box, with a piece of cardboard between each framed piece for protection.
As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack them all in dish-barrel boxes.
Consider other items that will need special treatment.
Treat TV's like any other piece of furniture, wrapping them in quilted furniture pads. Plasma TVs require special wooden crates for shipping if you don’t have the original box and can be ruined if you lay them flat. If you’re packing yourself, double-box your TV, setting the box containing the TV into another box that you’ve padded with packing paper.
Last but not least, try to have fun with it! Moving is an exciting and new phase in your life.