First things first: The kettle and biscuits should go in last, so they're the first out when you arrive!
To help the moving process go as smoothly as possible, break it down into the three P's: Planning. Preparation. Packing.
Six Weeks Until Moving Day:
If you're renting, inform your landlord of your moving date.
Get removals quotes and book your company.
Book storage, if required.
Order new furniture.
Three Weeks Until Moving Day:
Organise parking for you/your removals company at both homes.
Book time off work.
Buy boxes and moving equipment.
One Week Until the Move
Have your post redirected and inform relevant parties of your new address.
Organise key collection.
Start packing up non-essential items.
Now that planning is under control, it's time to turn to preparation to make moving day easier.
Declutter and Sort
Spend some time in the run up to moving, sorting, decluttering and ditching anything you don't want anymore.
Get into the attic, under the stairs and leave no nook or cranny untouched. The less stuff you have, the quicker, easier and cheaper it will be on moving day.
Try and work out how many boxes of various sizes you will need. Collect boxes from shops or buy boxes online from a storage company.
Buy reams of good quality box tape and buy more than you think you will need, you are more than likely to need all of it.
Collect plenty of old newspaper and bubble wrap to pad out boxes with and to keep fragile possessions safe.
Check if feet and arms of the sofa come off to help with moving it in and out of your new home. Bear in mind that some removal firms will charge extra if they have to take large pieces of furniture apart to get it through doorways.
Check for parking restrictions at your new home.
Make sure you have checked out the weather forecast and that you have plastic shoe covers to stop the treading of mud onto your carpets. Have a large brolly handy too.
It's vital to systemise your packing in the simplest way possible.
Divide the contents of your home into nonurgent, important and vital.
Anything non urgent can be packed straight away, the optional stuff goes next and the vital stuff is packed as late as possible.
As you put items in the box, write them down on a list. Once the box is taped up, stick the list on the box.
Pack a room at a time, starting with the ones you use least and dedicate one of them to storing the boxes.
Keep medicines, moving related paperwork, phone charges and laptops in a separate box and take with you in the car.
Don't forget to put a bag of snacks in with the box containing the kettle and make sure it's the last thing to go in the van. You're probably going to need a cuppa before you start unloading!