I got the most helpful email from my friend Summer, and she said I could share her wonderful tips here.
I'm so excited about your move! It's fun to move to a new place and start all over. I pray that it will go smoothly for you in every way. Some little hints I would give would be to label your boxes for the rooms they're to go in at your new place--makes moving in simpler for your helpers. Also, use your towels and washcloths to wrap your dishes you use daily. It keeps them cleaner than newspaper so that you don't have to wash them before putting them in your cabinets, it packs your towels in a useful way rather than taking up more space in a bag all their own, and it protects better from breakage. Along the same idea, wrap your mirrors with sheets. Then, you can also put all your beddings inside each child's pillow case (or an extra case with blankets being part of it in the winter). It allows for easy making of the beds on that first night. Last, I would suggest keeping all the hooks, nails, brackets, etc... in a baggie as you pack so that it's all there for when you unpack instead of having to look for the "right nail" again. When you go to unpack, I had a little caddy that had a screwdriver, hammer, tacks, my baggie of nails, tape, measuring tape, paper and pen for jotting down ideas or needs as I found them, simple cleaning supplies, and an empty ziploc baggie or whatever to put loose items in that you'll find along the way that need to be put somewhere else, fixed, etc... Doing this helped save me a lot of time in running back and forth to get stuff or put something away. So, those would be my ideas that might be of help to you.I have already implemented several of her suggestions. Thanks again, Summer! Still packing, running moving errands, climbing over vast mountains of stuff. We're gonna get there, I know. :)