Out with the old, in with the older!
We’re less than two weeks from closing! The purging and packing frenzy is in full force as we prepare to leave our 1996 home and move into our 1979 contemporary beauty.
Our house has ebbed and flowed through many interesting states of being during this process. From pure squalor (purging and cleaning) to sparkling showroom-ready (on the market) to back to squalor again (more purging) to showroom new again (inspections and appraisal) to utter and complete chaos (packing).
We also have 3 and 5 year old gremlins – some would call them children – who are more than happy to help with that squalor thing, but I digress
Last year, Marie Kondo became a sensation when her show – Tidying Up With Marie Kondo – hit Netflix. Marie is a kind, charming, and totally adorable lady with some novel and effective methods for tackling clutter.
If you haven’t watched the show, I recommend you start there, but please, please, please read her book! I dare you to come back here after you’ve finished and tell me that you weren’t inspired to start turbo-purging items out of your home.
We spent a few weekends last winter “Kondo-ing” parts of our house. Marie’s methods are not only effective in getting your home clean, but keeping it that way! We have managed to keep her system in place for our clothing with relative ease, and I realized how much easier it was to pack our clothes when they were already purged and nicely organized.
Because of this, we’ve been employing one of Marie’s trademarks – the ruthless purging of unnecessary possessions that don’t “spark joy” – while packing up our house.
I’ve been spending my days filling trash bags, taking items to donation centers, and listing things for sale online. It feels so good to pack boxes with only the items that we really want (or really need) to come to the new house with us.
So, if you’re facing a big move and are feeling overwhelmed by – frankly – the sheer amount of crap that you have to pack up and move, read Marie Kondo’s book before you assemble the first box.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a meeting with a tape gun and a bathroom cabinet.
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