Join Date: Jan 2005
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I didn't move long distance but the best tip I got was to pack the stuff that will go closest to the front door into the truck first. For example, if the living room is closest to the front door and the family room is the farthest, the living room stuff should go on the truck first, and the family room stuff last. That way, the family room stuff will be unloaded first and you won't have to step around the living room stuff as you bring stuff into rooms that are farther back.
I also started packing months before our move, labeled each box with a number and the name of the room where it belongs, and kept a notebook with a list of what's in each box. It's amazing how quickly you will forget where you have put things!
Of course, the best tip of all is to get rid of as much as possible so there will be less to pack!