10. Accept the inevitable. Take a breath and accept that during a move, some items may get scuffed, broken, lost, or misplaced. Realizing that there will be hiccups makes it a lot easier to handle the unexpected.

9. Purge to donate or sell. Before you lift a pin toward a carton, take advantage of the opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle. Identify any items that you haven’t used in a year or more or are unlikely to ever use. Contact a local charity and make someone less fortunate a gift. If you prefer a personal charity, plan a garage sale or list your surplus on Craigslist.

8. Take stock. Tracking all of your remaining belongings—especially if you’re using a moving service—is no easy task. Number each box and create a short extract of what is in each as well as and the box’s destination. For the more meticulous, consider creating a spreadsheet of contents. This step may require superior organizational skills but will save you much headache during unpacking.

7. X marks the furniture spot. Create a detailed furniture plan of your new home to assist your movers to place furniture. The map saves time by limiting the amount of re-arranging that will be required afterward and proactively answers the question of  “Where do you want this?”

6. Wrap dishes in your linens. Save time, money and space by using towels and blankets to wrap your breakables. Fabric offers far better protection than newspaper. Tackle 2 birds with 1 stone by packing these items together. After unpacking, you will only need to wash a load of linens instead of every dish in your cabinets.

5. Prepare to survive the move. Remember to pack a box of essentials for your first night or week at the new house—include change of clothing, sheets, food, toiletries, etc. Avoid rummaging through 19 boxes to find your shower cap and toothpaste.

4. Think about the kids. During family moves, kids could easily be overlooked during the chaos. Get everyone involved in the adventure with small fry assignments. Otherwise, schedule an off-site babysitter for moving day.

3. Enlist family and friends. Don’t be afraid to leverage the help of others.  Tap into your network for boxes, manpower, babysitting, etc. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself with more help than you need!

2. Offer incentives. Time is money or maybe just lunch. Good old fashion reward for effort—such as food, drink and even door prizes—does heighten interest. Arrange a couple Packing- or Painting-Parties and get your circle involved in work and play!

1. Hire professionals. This final point is too often discounted—literally. The primary key to a seamless move is to have someone else take the headache. With the help of a well-coordinated professionally hired team, you could move in a fraction of the time with none of the hassle. That’s stress free moving!