Before you start throwing everything into boxes in a mad panic as the movers drive up, calm down and take time to plan your packing:
*Do you want to throw something away? Do it now - and you won't have to unpack it later!
*Pack items you seldom use, first.
*Don't make any carton too heavy to lift easily.
*Tape all cartons on the top and the bottom.
*Write "open first" on essential items (bedding, toiletries, utensils), and remember to load these boxes into the van last. Label boxes with the room for which they are intended.
*Bubble wrap protects glassware and other fragile items.