There is never a better time to give your belongings a good going-over than when you are moving. Packing and unpacking can be a big hassle, but this process is a perfect opportunity to get rid of the clutter and unwanted items in your life. So, the first step when getting ready to pack should be a thorough house cleaning.Making a Clean Break

Go through every room of your home and discard any broken items. If it can be fixed, either fix it yourself or take it to a repair shop. If it cannot be fixed or is too expensive to repair, simply toss it.

Next, remove all those items you don’t want or don’t use anymore. You can give them to friends or a charitable organization, or you may decide to have a garage sale to raise some extra cash for all those moving expenses.

Another option is to haul your things to a consignment shop. This is an especially wise move for any big ticket items you may have, like stereo equipment, exercise gear, designer clothing, or sporting equipment.

Remember that hazardous wastes, including motor oil, leftover paint, batteries, and some household and lawn chemicals, must be disposed of properly. Most communities have designated drop-off facilities for such wastes.