When packing up your house it is a smart idea to use packing supplies which are purpose designed. If you use packing boxes, rather than any old boxes you have on hand, you will be less likely to have to payout for replacement of broken items. Packing boxes have been made strong to withstand the bumps and knocks during transportation. The same thinking applies for the tape you use on your boxes. If you don't want the contents of your boxes to end up tumbled out on the pavement, you best use a quality packing tape.
Use a range of box sizes to suit your packing requirements - small, medium and large boxes. Put your heavier things like books and papers into small boxes. Remember if you pack the box too heavy, then it will be difficult for you (your removalist) to move. Use newspaper only as filler/cushioning as it can mark your clothes and fine things; better to use packing paper to wrap your things instead. Most removalists can supply this paper.
Unclutter as you pack up your home. Give away to charity, or throw away, anything you are no longer using. Why take the time to pack and move unused items to your new home where they will just take up room. It is a good opportunity to get rid of old clothes and other things you no longer want.
When you start packing, just pack one room at a time. Label every box and keep a paper list of what is in each box. Another really good idea is to buy a set of cheap colored tapes from your local hardware store. Allocate a different colour of tape to each room in the house and put a strip of tape across the top of each box. Then when you arrive at your new house, each box is cleverly colour coded to its destination. This little tip will save you time and will also save you money if a removal company is moving the boxes for you.
Pack your boxes with the heaviest items on the bottom graduating to the lightest items on the top. Mark any boxes "fragile" to identify the need for care when moving. When packing your box, cushion each layer of items with a layer of scrunched paper/newspaper to minimise damage of items contacting each other. Avoid putting all heavy items together in a box as it will make the box too heavy to carry and you (your removalist) may unnecessarily hurt yourself during your move.
Allow yourself lots of time for packing. The more time you have to pack, the more careful and planned your packing will be and the easier the move. The amount of time to pack up a home is often vastly underestimated. If you do not allow enough time to pack, you will create more stress and may find yourself still frantically packing on your move day. Moving in itself is stressful, why add to this stress.