Spark Joy: Think Before You Pack

Barb and Wendy at Simply Spark Joy help you to create a clutter free home on the Black Press Media

How To Use Marie Kondo Principles To Pack Your Travel Bags

When your travel plans are approaching, it is common to begin to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of packing the perfect bag. If your strategy is to pack as much as you can into your suitcase and hope for the best, then read the following tips to learn how the KonMari Method can help you travel with all the items that you need and love.

  1. Envision the specific type of holiday you’re taking and the purpose of your travels. How do you want to feel on your trip and what types of outfits will serve you best? It is always a good idea to check the weather, have specific outfits planned for events, and find out what amenities your accommodation provides to avoid packing unnecessary items.
  2. Layout all of your options by category in one spot. Carefully consider each item and edit ruthlessly. Stick with the essentials that work together and truly spark joy for you. For travel plans, it is especially important to recall how each item feels when you are wearing it – you don’t want to be uncomfortable on your trip!
  3. After you’ve made your selections, use the KonMari folding skills to prep your items for packing. Properly folding your clothes will help ensure that they are ready to wear when you arrive.
  4. Pack your suitcase following the same basic principles that you would use when storing items in your home. Keep like items together and if possible pack them vertically so that you can easily see everything you’ve brought. Packing cubes, bags or pouches are a great way to store toiletries, jewelry, and tech items.

If you have space, unpack your items at your destination. Not having to live out of your suitcase will make getting ready a breeze!

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Oh, the places you will go.💕

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Packing for your travels can be an exciting opportunity to curate your personal items. Thinking of the process as a mini “spark joy” festival can make it a fun event and will ensure you’re ready to go with everything you need and love!

“You should look in your luggage and just love it.” (Marie Kondo)

Share with us what your favourite or unexpected joy sparking items are!

“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest,” – Marie Kondo

Barb Haymour: barb@simplysparkjoy.com

Wendy Chamberlain: wendy@simplysparkjoy.com

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Who are Wendy and Barb?

After assisting each other with complete home tidies, they jumped at the opportunity to attend the San Francisco KonMari training seminars in December 2016. They spent three days with amazing like minded participants sharing the same tidying passion and feel so fortunate to have been in the presence of Marie Kondo. This inspiration motivated them to complete the KonMari Certification Process over the next ten months.

They currently both live in the sunny Okanagan in beautiful British Columbia, Canada otherwise known as “wine country”. Their families support them in this tidying craze and are excited to see them be their true selves.

READ MORE: Spark Joy: Declutter and organize your home forever

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