Give yourself twice as long as you think you need to pack
“I can pack up my kitchen in, like, an hour, two hours tops!” you tell yourself. No. This will not happen. This never happens. No one knows why packing takes so long -- it’s a weird mix of procrastination, nostalgic daydreaming, tedium, and running out of packing tape. Whatever schedule you figure out, double it, or still be in the middle of packing the first room when the truck arrives.
Learn to let go
You know those two boxes full of assorted crap you haven’t unpacked since the last move? Throw them out. Don’t even open them, just toss them right in the trash and save yourself the two hours of agonizing over whether you can really part with that mini screwdriver/flashlight combo someone gave you that might come in handy one day, like if you had to defuse a very small bomb in the dark, or something, you never know, right? If you didn’t open them in the last two years, you don’t need what’s inside. Make your move easier -- and your new place more spacious -- by using each move as an opportunity to clean house. Literally.