One of the latest big pop culture trends is Marie Kondo's new show on Netflix. In Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Kondo applies her famous “KonMari” method to people’s homes, teaching them how to declutter in a more focused, conscientious way. The KonMari method is all about thinking about what you really want and need in your home--what “sparks joy.” You keep what sparks joy and you get rid of everything else. By the time you’re finished, you have a home that really reflects who you are and what you care about.
The KonMari method is amazing, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo can be a very insightful watch! The problem is, if you’re planning a big move, you don’t exactly have time to watch a tv show! That’s why we’ve simplified the KonMari method down… significantly. Ok, so we’ve really just figured out how we can use it to help you get rid of some stuff. But getting rid of stuff before a move is important! We’re still helping! Here are nine things you should seriously consider leaving behind when you move. If any of these nine things don’t “spark joy,” then you’re better off without them:
Clothes you don't actually wear.
Everybody is guilty of this. Maybe you hold onto a sweater that no longer fits just because it's made of cashmere. Or maybe you keep a dress you don't like because your mom gave it to you. There’s always an excuse, and you never actually wear it.
It's time to let all those excuses go. You don't need any of the “used to fits,” “might fit agains” or “will shrink in the washes.” You should only keep the clothes you actually, actively wear. Be honest with yourself when culling your closet.
Old paint containers.
Everybody has old paint cans in the garage. Why? Do you really think you’re going to use that paint again? After you move? Don’t bother moving your paint cans with you. Instead, just dispose of them safely and permanently. Your new walls probably won’t match your old paint anyway. And useless old paint does not spark joy.
Books you haven't read.
We know it's sacrilegious to suggest getting rid of books. Even poor Marie took a lot of heat for applying her method to people’s bookshelves. But here’s the thing: books are heavy. Heavy things are hard to move. You don’t want to spend all that time and energy moving something heavy when you won’t even use it!
If you need to move your books, make sure you only move the ones you really want. Be honest with yourself. If you haven’t read it yet, what are the chances you’re going to read it after you’ve moved? Donate any books that don’t “spark joy” to a local library or school. You’re getting rid of clutter and doing a good deed at the same time!
Cases for physical media.
Do you really care about having all the cases for your entire CD and DVD collection? They're hard to dust and take up tons of space, after all. You probably don’t even really listen to CDs or watch DVDs anymore.
Maybe it's time to toss 'em out. Even if you don’t want to get rid of the CDs, you can at least lose the cases. Just replace them with a low-impact disc binder to save space and make your move easier.
Single purpose kitchen gadgets.
These are some of the biggest troublemakers when it comes to home space wasting. Do you really need that Mickey-shaped waffle maker? The cake pop maker? The miniature donut machine you never figured out how to use? Come on.
These types of kitchen gadgets take up tons of space and have barely any use. Ditch 'em or regift 'em before you move. You’d be amazed how much space they free up.
Paper is hard to organize, takes up lots of space, and easily degrades over time. Take serious stock (get it?!) of the papers you do have. We recommend a two-pronged approach here. First, get rid of as much unnecessary paper as you can.
Second, store the papers you consider important enough to keep outside of your home. A climate-controlled storage unit would be ideal. It would keep them safe from theft or loss and protect them from environmental danger and decay.
Anything you've ever borrowed from anyone.
Give it back! It's not yours! Now is the perfect chance to say, "Oh, I totally forgot I had this. Sorry!" Here’s the secret: you don’t even need to really have forgotten about it. You can just say that. Since you’re moving! It’s the perfect crime!
Anything you did actually forget you had.
Let's be real: it feels good to discover something you forgot you had. There's a brief rush of excitement. Joy. Potential! The thing is, though... you forgot you had it, so you didn't really need it, did you? Might as well let it go and save yourself the trouble.
Tupperware and mugs that aren't regularly used.
Everybody collects mugs and Tupperware that they don't need. You pick 'em up by accident from the office. They build up over years of white elephant gift exchanges. You bring home leftovers and never remember to return the container (refer to number 6).
Whatever the case, don’t hold on to containers you don’t use. Just get rid of them; no doubt you’ll somehow end up with more anyway.
To make a simplification even simpler: just get rid of stuff you don’t use regularly! For the things you’re not sure about keeping or tossing, there’s always another option. You could keep them in a storage unit, for instance!
Storage Direct offers custom storage solutions for everyone. Whether you’re going through a big move or you just need to clear some space, we’ve got you covered. We want to make sure your storage space sparks joy.