The day of your move will be a flurry of activity and preparing for it is the best way to prevent chaos. First, pack yourself ahead of time. You do not want to be packing when the movers arrive. Take your packed bags and put them in your car. This will prevent them from inadvertently being packed. Second, put all of your important papers and documents in a portable file container and put them in your car. This way you will be ensured that your important documents will be with you. Third, set up a miscellaneous container or box on your counter and get in the habit of putting your important things in it. Put your cell phone, car keys and whatever else you need with you in it. Let the movers know that this is off-limits and clearly label the container or box. This will help you save time and energy trying to find your important things in the midst of the move.
If you have a family and children, make plans for them. Have them pack a special bag with activities that will keep them occupied. Coordinate a play date or special time with their friends or family on the day of the move. This will give them an opportunity to reconnect with their friends and family before they leave and it will get them out of the house. If you have pets, also consider having them boarded or kenneled for the day of the move for their own safety. With movers coming in and out of the house, your pet may get out or stepped on, so it is in their best interest to be confined or out of the way. Further, empty out your perishable items from the refrigerator ahead of time. Also, make sure you have extra toilet paper and paper towels. You could put that in the miscellaneous container too. Most movers know to pack your vacuum cleaner last. This way you can still clean after everything is packed. Doing the extra work before the movers arrive will make your life and their job much easier.