Wow, you have a full plate! I did this about
nine years ago when we built our current house.
I would begin by reducing what you need to pack. Organize a quick "Moving Sale" and sell anything and everything you have not used or worn in the last twelve months. Get rid of any older furniture that is cluttering your house, too. Doing this will make it easier to unpack after the move, too. Anything left after the sale needs to be donated to Goodwill or to Salvation Army, or, maybe, to your church.
I made almost $900 at my Moving Sale and used the money to buy boxes and packing materials at U-H... (they were the least expensive and the nicer boxes are easier to move than the grocery store leftovers of all different sizes and qualities). I was also able to hire a local moving company to move our bigger furniture and many of the packed boxes on moving day. They were great and they set up the beds and put the swing set up in the backyard! I even had money left to order pizza delivery for dinner that day - I certainly didn't feel like cooking!
Also, get ready to really simplify your life by throwing out any junk or clothing that is not worth selling or giving away. Invest in a box of large, green garbage bags and have the kids do their own rooms. Hubby can help you tackle the kitchen, coat closet, linen closet, basement, attic, storage shed, etc. I bought my son and daughter each a large, plastic box with a lid to put things in that they wanted to keep. This was a great way for them to clean out and organize their drawers, closets, and shelves. They were all able to help find many items for the Moving Sale and for the trash collector! I found myself becoming quite generous to friends and family members, too. My sister always takes my clothes and loves my knick-knacks that I am trying to 'shed'!
The week before the move, if possible, start moving your kitchen. This room is usually the most time-consuming. Move everything but the dishes and such you will need at home or use paper plates and such for a week. Set up your pantry, organize your dishes, glassware, etc. Bathrooms are next. If these rooms can be mostly done before "Moving Day", then your move in will be a breeze. I tried to even have many of my pictures hung up before we moved. Also, if you can, try to move as much of your hanging clothes in the closets before moving day, too. This will free you up to direct the movers where you would like to have the furniture placed.
So, to summarize, sell, throw away, or give away as much as possible. You will be amazed! And, remember, the less furniture and knick knacks that are sitting around in your new house, the less you have to clean and dust! Or, if you should win the lottery, the more room you will have for all your new furniture and stuff!
Best Wishes and Happy Moving!
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