To put the home on the market?
The first thing I would do is have a home inspection done. This way you KNOW what deficiencies your home has and can fix it. then get an appraisal - so that you know what your home is worth - comparables, etc.
If you have carpets - get them cleaned or replace it.
Hire someone to come in and paint if you need painting done.
Hire a cleaning company to come in and clean weekly - this will take the stress off of you - get the stove cleaned as well - as people WILL look inside it.
When you put your home on the market - keep the toys picked up. People seem to NEED to have the rooms shown to them - so if you say you have 4 bedrooms - show them 4 bedrooms. Google a home stager in your area - you might get more than you expect - if the home shows right and is priced right - it will sell fast. We have had homes - even in this economy that were staged right and priced right and sold within 48 hours of listing.
keep your kitchen counters clutter free. You want the space to appear as big as possible.
I would have a garage sale and get rid of anything and everything you haven't touched in the last 6 months. People will be opening your closets, linens, etc. make sure they are neat and organized. If you have prescribed medications - put them in a toiletry bag and take them with you when your house is being shown.
people say to take the personal pictures down - if you are selling - this isn't your home anymore. You are basically just occupying it! :) I know - but really it does help if you disconnect emotionally from your home. You don't need to go buy new artwork - there are things you can do to create artwork in the frames you already have....wrapping paper, material, there are many things that can be used to create art.
As to moving? The military brat in me was never allowed to keep much sentimental stuff. Now? After being in one place for 16 years - i'm kinda scared to move!!!
* You can buy boxes from UHAUL or get them from Michael's for free.
* Have a journal or Ipad that has word so you can document things.
* sharpie pens - LOTS of them - like a dozen!! You'd be surprised at how much you write!!!
* tape. I buy mine at Office Depot for my ebay supplies.
* Don't forget an envelope for all of your moving expenses so you can write it off on your taxes next year!! :)
* bubble wrap
* packing blankets (for mirrors, artwork, etc.)
In this day and age of thieves - mark your boxes with numbers - and have a main inventory list that you has the box numbers and what is it. When I was younger - we didn't have to worry about this. Put really - people will see "stereo equipment" and pick up the boxes when no one is looking!! :(
Pack up all the stuff you are taking with you that you don't need on a daily basis - like winter coats, Halloween, Christmas items - put them in the attic or rent a storage unit.
I saved the kitchen for last - bowls, plates, pots and pans...things that I used on a daily basis...the things I typically don't use every day - chafing dishes, crock pot - would get wrapped up and boxed.
Pictures, etc.? taken down, cleaned and bubble wrapped.
hope this helps and hasn't overwhelmed you.