It is understandable that many people put off doing anything about moving house until right at the last minute. However, this seemingly massive task can be simplified with a little careful planning beforehand.
The key to a successful move is to start planning early. Break the tasks down into small 'digestible' pieces, by assigning them to a timeframe:
If it fits in your car, take it yourself. You can save a few dollars by packing and moving small personal items yourself.
Be aware that items you pack yourself are unlikely to be insured for breakage. Therefore, it is a good idea to leave the packing of fragile items, such as glass and china, to the professionals.