1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.

Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things when you first move in to your new home. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, like toiletries and a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day. You should also include any expensive and personal items like your laptop and jewelry.

2. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.

This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also distinguishes itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.

3. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.

Two birds, one stone: you’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.

4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.

5. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.

6. Store your spices inside pots, crockpots, and other kitchenware.

7. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.

8. The fastest way to pack a closet:

This also keeps your clothes on their hangers, for much faster unpacking.

9. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing.

Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

10. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving.

Otherwise you’re going to have a stinky wet mess when you get to your new home.