One man’s trash…
Why on Earth would you pay for cardboard boxes? With a diligent regular search out back of your local liquor and grocery stores, you can score piles of free boxes that only smell a little bit like the gutter.
Mark your boxes thoroughly
Write the contents of the box (or what room it’s destined for) on the top and on at least two sides. That way you’ll be able to identify them, even when they’re stacked.
Use your stuff to protect your stuff
Why invest in extra padding material when you have rugs and towels that also need packing? Your My Little Pony beach towel will do just as good a job with that priceless family heirloom as the industrial fabric from Home Depot.
Cleaning out the closet
The closet is one of the more annoying items on the packing itinerary. But it doesn’t have to be -- instead of laboriously taking everything off the hangar and folding it, simply scoop whole sections into trash bags, leaving the hangers sticking out of the top. It’ll cut an hour-long task down to less than five minutes.
Bag the heavy stuff
Now that your suitcases are free of clothes, put them to better use. If they’re the rolling kind, put the heavy stuff -- books, etc. -- in there instead. You’ll still have to deal with the stairs, but at least the rest of it’ll be easier.