This is what I’ve learned in the midst of a move I decided to make without the help of movers:
• Hire movers.
• When the tenants currently occupying your future residence say they will be out by a certain date, don’t believe them.
• Label boxes.
• Don’t pack your toothbrush in unlabeled boxes.
• Until the move is complete, don’t park your car in a high risk zone.
• Speak softly and carry a big flask. (Note: West African proverb; slightly altered)