I often find myself asking how does one really move overseas? I'm not sure I can give you a conclusive answer, so I'll let you know what I find out after I get there. For now though, there's always speculation.
Obviously, it doesn't really feel like you're moving anywhere unless you haul a bunch of your crap with you. I could call it "personal items," "things," or "sentimental dust collectors," but in any case, it's crap. It's just some stuff you've acquired over time, called your own, and now that it owns you, you've got to take it with you.
I've fallen into the "trap of crap" (ha, yes! remember folks, you read it here first), and now I have to figure how to get it across 5200 miles of land and sea (from the freeways to the fjords!). Not an easy task, and I have plenty of research to do on the matter, but as of right now I've got some suitcases that will hopefully take the majority of my clothes, shoes, make-up, and other "things." Everything else (i.e., wedding presents), will be shipped via sea freight and arrive in Norway in about a month after it's shipped. I suppose that's how this is going to work.
I am trying to clean out my closet every few weeks, but the door can't seem to stay closed because of the monstrous amount of clothes shoved in there. (I have to admit, that problem is probably due to my constant clothing replenishment every so often at the mall....). I'm going to take my first step towards moving by purchasing something that will help: Space Bags. In fact, after I buy them, I'm going to fill them up with my winter clothing. I may even ship a box or two over to Bergen to be cared for by friends that have agreed to participate in Alyssa's Adopt-A-Box program.
Wish me luck, and let's all hope this move doesn't cost more a thousand big ones.