Moving to a new home is an exciting time. The part that isn't so exciting is the moving. Moving companies are expensive and you can save a lot by packing yourself. It's a large task so where do you begin?
1. Take a hard look at your possessions and determine what is important enough for you to move to a new home. This is a task you want to undertake well before your packing begins. Furnishings, clothing, knick knacks, the old broken lamp you've had tucked in the closet - do you need to move all of it to your new home? If the lamp is valuable - get it fixed. But for the things that truly don't matter, consider donating to your local thrift store, have a big yard sale or sell things on Facebook marketplace. You can earn some extra money to go toward your moving expenses.
2. Use good clean boxes. Liquor stores have good clean boxes you can pick up rather than purchasing new boxes. But the only problem with them are they are generally small. Small is good when you have to pick them up. But too many small boxes represents multiple trips into your moving truck. And whether you're packing up a truck or you're hiring someone to pack one for you, small boxes mean more boxes. And more boxes mean more time. Ask for boxes on social media as you may have neighbors who have recently moved. Or, bite the bullet and purchase good boxes from a moving company like UHaul or at Home Depot or Lowes. Larger boxes hold a lot and similar sizes stack easier in your truck. Mark all boxes so you can place them in the right rooms when you move.