I have learned a few tips and tricks about moving in all my years of experience. And please, feel free to add your own ideas here.
1. Move the art. It is the first thing that can come down off the walls, and is best transported in your own fair vehicle. Bubble wrap and boxes at high end prices will still leave you with a very lovely cracked frame, statue, favorite porcelain statue. Move the art, and get it into a safe place.
However, if you MUST use boxes, then arrive at your new place and immediately find a way to get them OUT of y our new place. Don't place boxes in some random area with the idea that you will "deal with these later." No, just dump them out in the approximate room where they go, and then hustle the boxes outside with a "Free to a Good Home!" sign. You will pick up the stuff on the floor, you will never develop a desire to unpack a box. EVER.
The upside, is that you get very realistic about your stuff when you see it all on the floor. If - with all of your worldly possessions scattered about, you find that you can't deal with all of the stuff on the floor- it is usually a good time to hold a garage sale, or just keep an active "to donate" pile going. Once it fills a garbage bag, trot it off to the Salvation Army/Deseret Industries/Goodwill. DO NOT GO THROUGH IT. Throwing away twice is just masochistic..
3. Move the kitchen first. I made a city-to-city move within my own state, so while the kids were at school, I started hauling over the kitchen between drop-offs and pick-ups. Most family activity thrives around the kitchen. And it is the absolute hydra of breakables, perishables, and necessitous spoons, cutting boards and pots. If you can set up your kitchen then above all else, at least you will not starve, and you can deal with almost anything else that comes your way during your transition. Paper plates and plastic ware will save you when you are between addy's.
4. Live a container lifestyle. Halloween stuff - in a container with a lid. Christmas stuff - container.
Kitchen pasta - pasta bucket. This has been SUCH an incredible blessing to me. It is HIDEOUS to plan and plot buying and setting them up in the moment, but ohhhh what a dream to move a basement that was already sorted and ... contained. And.... if you have the means.... I highly recommend getting a label maker. Those little suckers are worth their weight in gold. It is the key to freeing yourself from being the keeper of all the family "where is it?" information.
5. Be flexible. Each place I have lived in has its good and bad attributes. I have substituted having a garbage disposal for an incredible front yard for my kids to play on. And a garden. Any place can be your Eden if you have the right attitude. Tell your kids that this is home, and that you will be going on an adventure to find those best friends that you just haven't met yet! Moving is like opening a new treasure chest. You look around you, and you have no idea what gems surround you. Be open to new people and new experiences. On one of my previous moves, I was on bed rest and this totally skinny lady in running shoes came over to watch my daughter for me. Looking her up and down, well, I KNEW that we probably didn't have much in common. She probably ate tofu and planned marathons for fun. How wrong I was. She loves chocolate, she wears running shoes for comfort, and is one of the dearest people on earth that I know. Allow yourself to believe that things will turn out well. And more times than not. It will. Just like your best college semester.