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Best Marie Kondo’s Tips on Moving House

If you’ve heard the name Marie Kondo, then you probably know that she is the world-leading tidying expert. Her revolutionary method of organising by category instead of room-by-room helped thousands of people turn cleaning into an exciting experience that “sparks joy”. Working as a professional organising consultant for the past 15 years, Marie Kondo has gained the reputation of a specialist who can help even the most hopeless hoarders. Designed to organise living spaces, the KonMari method can be applied to any aspect of your life, even moving. In this article, we will share Marie’s advice on moving house using her famous method!

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Freeing Yourself from Clutter Using the KonMari Method
The more things we own, the harder it is to move them from one place to another. Fortunately, the KonMari method can make the process much easier –helping you let go of material possessions that don’t bring joy into your life, it’ll help you get rid of clutter you’ve been moving around for years.

What’s the KonMari Method?
The KonMari tidying method is all about simplifying and organising your home by discarding items that don’t bring happiness into your life. To understand if an object makes you happy, Marie Kondo recommends asking yourself a simple yet sincere question: “Does this really spark joy?” If not, thank the item for its service and get rid of it If you can complete the KonMari process from start to finish, you should be able to keep your home tidy and organised for a long time, which is always helpful when packing and moving.

KonMari’s Fundamental Rules
Before we get to the fun part, let’s take a look at the six basic rules of tidying up the KonMari way:


  • Commit yourself to tidying up;
  • Imagine your ideal lifestyle;
  • Finish discarding first;
  • Tidy by category, not by location;
  • Follow the right order;
  • Ask yourself if it sparks joy.


Now that we know the basics, we can start organising.

How to KonMari Your House Before Moving out?
Marie Kondo advises to organise by category and follow a specific order. Here’s how you should be KonMari’ing your house before moving out:


  • Clothes;
  • Books;
  • Papers;
  • Komono or Miscellaneous;
  • Sentimental Items.


To organise each category, you will need to pull out every item you have and put it in a big pile. This will give you the reality slap — seeing how many things you possess, you will realise that you don’t need as much! Go through the pile, taking one article at a time. If the item doesn’t spark joy, thank it for the service and pass it on to someone who might need it more.

Folding clothes

Now You’re Ready to Pack
When it’s time to pack the objects you’ve decided to keep, fold them using the KonMari packing hack. To see her exact instructions, watch this video. But remember, one box – one category. You didn’t spend hours discarding and organising to stuff everything in one container. If you’re moving bigger items like furniture, put them in the back of the van, so they’re not in the way when you’re unpacking. To make a move smoother, take as little as possible. Keep only the furniture you really need.

Now that you have de-cluttered everything, you might be in a position to move everything yourself, but if you want to make your big move stress-free, it might be best to find a reliable removalist company helping you get the job done.

Try This New Approach and Keep an Open Mind
When it’s finally the time to go through all these boxes, you’ll see how it easy it’ll be! You can take out your clothing and put it straight into your wardrobe without refolding it. Having only the items you love, you’ll feel like you are about to have a fresh start. If you still have a couple of months left before the move, give the KonMari method a go. It’s not for everyone and requires a lot of time and will power, but if you complete the process, you’re likely to have a smooth move and live a long, happy life free of clutter in your new home.

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