Chances are you’ve heard of Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It’s all about how to unclutter your closets and drawers—and her techniques have caught on like wildfire. In 2012, Kondo came out with a new book called Spark Joy, which includes tips for how to pack a suitcase.
Some of her advice seems pretty standard:
“Clothes should be folded and packed upright. Fold suits and lay them flat on the top. Pack bras on top, and don’t flatten them. Pack small things such as underwear in a travel pouch, and transfer lotions and toiletries in smaller bottles to reduce volume.”
Some of the ideas are innovative and clever.
- Use small bottles so you can avoid having to check a bag.
- Fold all of your clothing tightly and and place the pieces upright in your suitcase according to type. This makes it easy to see what you have.
- Turn your underwear into lacy little spring rolls with precise folding and rolling and place them into a separate travel pouch.
- For ladies: “treat your bras like royalty.” Do not cram or crumple them.
And some of Marie Kondo’s wisdom is truly revolutionary. For example, when it comes to unpacking at the end of a trip, she declares: “I enjoy unpacking even more than packing:”
“As soon as I get home, I remove everything from my suitcase, put the laundry in the washing machine, and return everything else to its proper place. Then I wipe the outside of the suitcase and the wheels. I give myself a time limit of thirty minutes. The key is to pretend you’re an unpacking robot and move quickly and efficiently.”
The next time we fly, we are going to try this!
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