If you are moving locally and can move stuff into your new place before the actual move-in date, do it. Take one carful of stuff over there after work. I did this for two weeks and got a surprising amount of things not only moved in but in their actual place so the kitchen and bathroom were all done and ready for me. The day of the official move I had relatively little to move besides furniture. It turned out to be a relatively quick and easy move.
I actually disagree with this. I've never seen it work out. In fact, I've seen it totally derail people because it wastes so much of their time. And then when I came to help them on the last day, there was too much packing still to do.
That's interesting, Toots. For me, it worked perfectly. I had the bathroom set up, the kitchen, including food, all done so it made it easy to make dinner, take a shower, and so on But of course I can see where it wouldn't too.
If you don't do this, or if you are moving far away, one thing I strongly suggest for everyone is to pack one box each for the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms (other than guest bathrooms or bedrooms) that contain essentials only. Your bathroom box should contain toilet paper, paper towels, several bath towels, soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, etc. Your kitchen box should contain whatever number of table settings and silverware you need for a couple of days, a few basic pieces of cooking ware like a spatula and knife, a couple of pans and pots, dried pasta and sauce or whatever is quick and good, sponge, vinegar, soap (for handwashing dishes and dishwashing), etc. A bedroom box should have one set of clean sheets, pillow, pillowcase, some clean underwear, socks, a nightshirt or pajamas, a book for bedtime reading, a couple of lightbulbs, a lamp or at least a bright flashlight, etc.
In other words, these boxes will allow you to collapse after the move and still have enough essentials to get you through a day or two without frantically searching out boxes and trying to put everything away at once.
Make these boxes a special color or mark them in a quick-to-see way. Pack them last or put them in your car so they do not get mixed up with the other boxes. Unpack them first and take the time to put the items away if you can.