Japanese organizing consultant, Marie Kondo, has started a worldwide movement against clutter or disorganization.
She has developed cleaning and organizing techniques that are not only easy to follow but enjoyable and even spiritually helpful as well.
But, apart from helping people regain control of their lives through “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” Kondo’s techniques have proven quite effective in other aspects of life. For instance, moving to a new home can be made less daunting with the help of her personally developed principle of “letting go.”
So, if you will be starting a new life in a faraway location soon and you are worried about how to stay intentional and organized throughout the move preparation process, here are some Marie Kondo-inspired tips to help you out:
1. Get assistance.
If you have a big home and you know that you have accumulated a lot of things through the years, you need all the help you can get. Find family and friends who are willing to lend a hand in sorting through your possessions.
Consider hiring a maid for the day as well – a cleaning professional who can take care of different tasks such as throwing out the trash and washing the items you will bring to the move.
2. Take everything out of the cabinets and storage containers, and put them in one place.
Doing this makes it easier to proceed to sorting through everything using the editor’s approach. You will not need to go back and forth from the closet to the center of the room, and the other cabinets and back to the center.
3. Use an editor’s approach when deciding what to pack and bring.
Carefully assess every item and determine its value to you at the moment and its value to the new life you will have in a different location. Ask yourself if it’s useful and if you actually love it.
When you are moving, you want to make sure that you only have with you the things that are really valuable to you.
The Kon-Mari way of editing belongings also includes creating four categories: to keep, to discard, to give away or donate, and the “I don’t know yet.”
The “I don’t know yet” category is the tricky one to deal with. Most people like to take care of this by putting these items in a storage pod, either before or after the move. Whether you decide to put these in storage before or after does not really matter. What matters, however, is how “being without these items” makes you feel.
You can entrust access to the pod to a friend. If time passes and you still have no need for the items in the pod, or if you have forgotten about them, the smart thing to do is to finally let them go. Tell your friend to sell or do whatever he or she wishes to with the items in the pod, or come up with another arrangement for “disposal.”
4. Pare down your collection of sentimental items.
And speaking of valuable things, sentimental items are always difficult to let go of. However, Marie Kondo’s method makes it a whole lot easier. She advises owners to “thank” the items for the beautiful memories and for their functional contribution to life during a certain period of time before letting go.
If you are afraid of losing the valuable memories attached to these items, save them in the digital realm. Consider taking pictures of these items and creating a digital scrapbook that you can revisit as often as you want to, wherever you may be. Or, pass on these items to people you care about and whom you know will value them as well.
5. Fold things the Marie Kondo way.
The Kon-Mari folding technique is not only pretty, it is super space-efficient, too.
When you pack clothing and other fabric belongings using her technique, you will find that you can fit more of such items into your packing boxes. Being able to fit more into storage boxes can actually save you money in the long run.
It is worth noting as well that the clean folding method can make unpacking a whole lot easier and faster. When everything is neatly folded up already, all you have to do is place them into drawers and cabinets. No need to set aside a day for ironing and folding clothes when you arrive at your new home.
These Kon-Mari-inspired tips create a solid foundation for everything else that you need to do in preparation for the move. So, give them a try and ensure a more organized, stress-free move.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.