There are a number of preparatory task that should be done prior to moving. Below is a list - often forgotten and not mentioned in other blogs or moving tips - that you will want to consider doing before you relocate:
Notifying the USPS of your change of address
Coordinating with utility companies on turn-off and turn-on
Coordinating with cable/sat TV providers of turn-off and turn-on
Cleaning out refrigerator and freezer of all items you don't want to have to move
Having a yard sale or posting items on classified ad boards of things you could sell vs having to move
Canceling home-based services, such as cleaners, yard care, etc.
Organizing clothing according to packing containers; boxes are good for most items but wardrobe boxes are a must for items that must stay hung up