Pace yourself. Set a feasible goal and then if you can surpass it, great. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
Take into account your other responsibilities – work, kids, dishes, cleaning, laundry. If you focus on the “moving in” but not the day-to-day chores you will be burnt out and grabbing take out. You will have mounds of laundry and dishes with no energy left to take care of them. If those are done, the rest will fall into place.
Ideally I wanted my house all in order at the one week mark but I set the goal of 10 boxes a day (keep in mind I packed pretty much every single item – cleaning products, toilet paper, stockpile stuff, current clothes). This way if I can get more done I feel like a winner rather than a loser because I didn’t meet a goal that stretched too far.
Plus you never know when the unexpected will happen. I just so happened to have one sick kid starting Thursday and another starting this AM just as the first is almost recovered. Plus one ‘Fish’ who was hit with asthma symptoms at the beginning of the week and still recovering.
My house still looks like a tornado hit it but one box at a time, 10 boxes a day (except for July 4th and yesterday, yard sale day) we are getting a little better.