One of the biggest tasks and hardships of moving home is the packing and loading process. Having to gather everything up, wrap and pack it away and load it onto a van only to find you have to put everything back at the other side. It's especially hard when you have so many things that your moving vehicle becomes full. The best way to stop this from happening is to simply have a clear out. Take some time a few weeks before your move and just gather everything up that you don't need, and get rid of it all. Gather up some thick rubbish bags and set to work. Rustle up everything that's broken, or damaged in such a way that it'd be too expensive to repair, and then throw them away – make sure to recycle what can be recycled, though.After getting rid of the stuff that's bound for the rubbish heap, then comes the difficult part. Look around for things that you haven't used, and wasn't planning to use for the foreseeable future. Clothes are a good candidate for this; if you're keeping that shirt in storage for when you feel you could fit into it again, consider getting rid of it. Once you feel like you could fit into clothes many sizes too small for you again, you probably deserve some new ones, right? So put them to one side. The same goes for old furniture and applicances, (barring the spare chair that you usually need on family get togethers). If its in storage, it's usually because you have something better downstairs.Once you've got everythng together, you then have to decide what you're going to do with them. Throwing them away is a giant waste, I think we'll all agree. You're left with basically two options; give them away, or sell them. You could either give them to a relative or friend who needs them more; for example, if you have an influx of baby toys, and you know someone who's having a baby soon you could help them out. You can also donate to charity shops, if you still want that feel good moment. If you need the cash, I would recommend selling them – either hold a garden sale, visit a flea market or even sell them on eBay. We live in the modern era after all. The money you make from the sales could go towards the move or if it's going to spare, on a day out to recover from the move. Just sort out what's going where, and soon you'll have less to transport.By scheduling this clean up a few weeks, or even a month or so in advance, it allows you to take your time with the clearing process, so you shouldn't miss anything, and you won't get stresse by it. Don't get rid of any mementos while doing this, because you'll miss them when they're gone. After the clear out is finished, you will have less to pack and less to transport, but you'll also have helped others in the process, and in the best case, you'll have made some money yourself too. Thinning out the clutter is a good idea on so many levels, whether it's before a move or not.