weird_bunny: Pack a ‘go box’. I’ve always done this. It’s full of the stuff you need day 1.
– bed linens
– tooth brush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toilet paper, towel
– coffee/tea and the fixings for either/both
Clearly mark it as box #1 (and 2, sometimes I do one for the bedroom and 1 for the kitchen.)
Those get unpacked first, no matter what. Set the bed up with linens and pillows before anything else. Put the shower stuff in the bathroom.
This way, when you’re done unpacking you can have a shower and go to bed without needing to unpack another box. And the next morning you can have your coffee/tea and a snack (granola bar, apple, whatever.) Before starting the unpacking. It just saves the ‘FML!’ moment when you’re tired after a big move and realize you have no idea where any of that stuff is.
I also do the hangers with plastic bags over top. So easy.
Label the outside of boxes with whats inside. Number your boxes, keep a master list of boxes and contents.
Anything that isn’t an immediate unpack (anything seasonal, etc) label the box as such. Don’t waste time unpacking crap you don’t need right away. Get the house liveable first, then go and unpack your university text books that you’re never going to open again but can’t seem to throw out.
Put boxes in the room they will eventually go in right from the start. That way you can move through the house room by room.
Try not to pack boxes with mixed rooms. It sounds like a good idea at the time. This box is half-empty, I’ll put x in it too. But don’t. No one ever complained about having to move a light box. And the worst is when you’re unpacking and you realize half of the stuff in the box actually goes in a completely different room.
Get a bigger truck than you think you’ll need.
Recruit more friends than you think you’ll need. (Or hire movers and make it their problem.)
Rent or borrow a dolly or two, they make it so much easier.