As you prepare for your move you may be getting stressed as you look around your home and realize you have a lot of stuff – stuff you may or may not want to bring with you. Fear not, you can Marie Kondo your belongings so that you only bring with you the things that make you happy.

Marie Kondo, a world famous organizing consultant and best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has recently come out with her very own Netflix series based on helping others to organize and tidy their homes. Kondo’s method, also known as the KonMarie method, is the perfect way to go through and organize your things before you move. So, let’s get a quick breakdown of the method and how you can use it to help you organize, tidy and pack up:

1. Clothing

The KonMarie method involves placing each item of clothing in one big pile and going through it one piece at a time. The big question for each item being – ‘does this spark joy?’ If it does, keep it. If it does not, thank the piece of clothing and let it go. This can be a huge help while packing, go through your clothing so that when you arrive in your new home you do not have socks with no matches, holey clothing, shirts you never wear, and clothing that does not make you happy. A few other tips for packing your clothes include:

  • Keep like items together – if your socks and underclothing go in the same drawer in your current home, they should stick together in a box for easier unpacking.
  • Keep hanging clothes on hangers – simply use a garbage bag to keep your hanging clothes clean and pack them in batches while still on the hangers. When you arrive in your new place, all you need to do is hang them up one batch at a time and remove the bags. This is much faster than removing each piece then re-hanging them one at a time when you arrive.
  • Bag your shoes – If your shoes are packed with anything other than other shoes you should place them in grocery bags. This will help them from being scuffed up and it will also keep the dirty things on the bottoms of your shoes from getting on your other belongings.

2. Books

Now do the same thing with your books, place them in a pile and go through them one at a time to see which ones spark joy for you. Books are heavy – which means it is difficult to pack them all into just one big box. Use small boxes for your books to make them easier to carry.

3. Papers

Paperwork is not something you want to bring with you on a move – it can bring stress from one place to another and that is never fun. Put all the paperwork in a pile and go through it one at a time – the goal is to get rid of all the paper. If there are important documents you must keep, be sure to keep them all in one place like a multi-pocket file folder.

4. Komono (Miscellaneous items)

This category can be broken down into different sections to make packing easier:

  • Garage
  • Kitchen Cupboards
  • Kitchen Drawers
  • Toys
  • Craft supplies
  • Hobby-related items
  • Holiday decorations

5. Sentimental Items

Sentimental items are always saved till the end – by this time you should be ready to take on the emotions that may come with a lot of these items. Using smaller boxes for your sentimental items – then placing those small boxes into your bins or packing boxes – can help keep them more safe and secure. Remember, you can always take a picture of something special – if you do not want to keep it but are having a hard time throwing it away.

You can learn more tips and tricks for your move by contacting us today.