1Kitchen: Wrap each dish and glass in newsprint and put them in a box labeled fragile. Put something soft underneath glassware/plates like dish towels or oven mitts.
2Wrap loose items like cooking utensils and silverware in paper before boxing them. Its a lot easier to unpack that way.
3Go around the house and gather soft stuff. Use towels and blankets from the linen closet and throw pillows for cushioning in a fragile box.
4 Make a few boxes specifically for things you need to have right away. Label them open first and your movers will know to make them accessible for you at the unload. (coffee maker, laptop, medication, dog leash, phone chargers
5fill boxes all the way to the top to prevent them from being crushed.
6When disconnecting electronics I try to keep as many cables attached as I can, to make it easier to put back together.
7Have a room or section in the house set aside to stage packed boxes. This keeps the rest of the house clear, so you have room to work.
8The goal really is to get everything in a box that will fit in a box. When your crew sees how much work you have done to make the move easier for them, they will be motivated to get moving. That was always my experience as a mover. When I walked in and the job was neat and organized, I knew my job was going to be "easy" and I got excited. You set em up and we'll knock em down. This is a team effort!