Pack your glassware into wine boxes -- the ones with the little cardboard separators. It’ll save you the effort of wrapping each individual item in newspaper (this is where those free boxes from the liquor store really come into their own).
Seal your drawers
If you’re moving a dresser, save on all that packing and unpacking by leaving the clothes where they are and sealing the drawers themselves up with Press ‘n Seal. Or, in a pinch, eight layers of Saran wrap.
Cut it out
Struggling to hold onto that box? Use a box cutter for its intended purpose and cut yourself some hand holds. It sounds beyond obvious, but you’d be amazed how few people this occurs to.
Got a bundle of wires behind every screen? Take a quick photo so you can see how it all goes back together later. This will not help you with the untangling -- that one’s on you.
Stuff your face
It’s not worth the time or effort of packing up the majority of the food in your kitchen. Either make an everything-stew, or donate some stuff to a homeless shelter. Don’t take that night-tenths empty jar of mayonnaise with you.
Load your mattress into the truck last. Not only is that unwieldy son of a bitch shockingly heavy, it’ll act as cushioning for anything sliding towards the doors.
Got a bunch of nail holes to fill in? Don’t want to waste time buying spackle and a spreader? Rub the holes with a bar of soap -- your landlord won’t know the difference (until it’s too late, at least).
There’s an app for that
Moving Van costs $1.99 and lets you easily catalogue all your boxes and their contents, so you know where everything is (and if anything’s gone missing). This will not help you if the thing that’s missing is your phone.
Nick Leftley has been published in Maxim, Time Out New York, Men's Fitness, and many others. He has also written for various sitcom projects for the BBC, and enjoys writing about himself in the third person.