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How you can Marie Kondo Your Journey

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I do know. I do know. This publish looks as if it’s a jumping-on-the0bandwagon type of publish attributable to all of the craze round Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up however… bear with me.

Final week Mr. Misadventures was in France which implies that I normally make amends for Netflix reveals that he will not be a fan of or have an affinity for. The primary day the hubby was gone I used to be nonetheless beneath the climate and I stayed in mattress. I had seen Marie Kondo talked about in all places on social media and I used to be curious. I queued up Tidying Up and binged watched your complete season. If at this level you might be questioning who the hell is Marie Kondo, be taught extra on her web site.

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Seems I’ve been a disciple of the Marie Kondo model of organizing for at the least 2 a long time. I’ve all the time been considerably of a minimalist. Rising up navy and shifting each 2-3 years, you be taught to eradicate a number of pointless issues in life, though wanting again, I might nonetheless say I had a number of stuff. As soon as I moved to California and began adulting, I moved usually, 11 addresses within the first 14 years.

So having a number of stuff meant shifting was a ache within the ass. Due to this fact, I didn’t have a number of stuff. Then I did a global transfer with the corporate I labored for which actually restricted what I might take, as there was an allowance on poundage. Identical for the transfer again.

As soon as we moved again to the Bay Space we purchased our house in Berkeley. It was 1450 sq. ft, 3 ranges, and had precisely 2 closets. One within the one-and-only bed room on the third flooring and one utility closet on the underside flooring the place the washer and dryer went. Earlier than shifting into that house, I pressured Mr. Misadventures to undergo every thing he has filling up the 2-car storage in our rental rental and principally made him do away with something he hadn’t utilized in years (he’s a former and recovered packrat).

With the assistance of Elfa on the Container Retailer, we designed for each inch of obtainable house and maximized our organizational efforts by placing every thing in clear plastic bins. The kitchen is my husband’s area, however he used inserts to compartmentalize every thing à la Marie Kondo.

Once we determined to promote the home and hit the highway within the RV, we re-purposed our Container Retailer plastic bins for storing each inside and out of doors of the RV. The cargo house beneath the RV was bigger plastic tubs with plastic bins inside. Once we towed our Jeep there have been plastic bins within the again, inside each drawer and cupboard have been plastic bins. It was not solely a matter of group, nevertheless it was additionally a matter of survival, weight administration, and conserving sane!

Even in our house within the Phoenix space, we’ve got continued to repurpose the bins we purchased in 2007 (!) to maintain each inch of the home and storage clear and arranged. Our 1 slippery slope is books. I’ve culled by way of them many instances, however in all probability have greater than what Marie Kondo would love – based on my good buddy Lois, the magic quantity is 30, I’ve bought far more than that!

I’ve additionally systematically and unapologetically lower individuals out of my life as a result of they didn’t “spark you.” It’s not that I’m not a supportive buddy, however if you’re drama 24/7, if the cup is all the time half empty, you and I aren’t in all probability going to be besties.

However this publish is about journey. So let’s get to it!

I’ve been studying some nice Marie Kondo-inspired posts about how one can apply her philosophy to social media (on Entrepreneur) and your digital life (on CNN) which bought me desirous about the way it utilized to journey. Listed here are my ideas.

The Tremendous Apparent – Packing

The obvious space the place the KonMari methodology could be carried out is packing. I’m not going to spend so much of time right here, there are many journey bloggers (particularly Journey Trend Lady) who’ve written glorious posts on packing, notably getting all of it right into a carry-on! Within the Misadventures family, we not often if ever do keep on, however we do pack with Eagle Creek cubes. We’ve had these infants for almost 2 a long time and are satisfied that is the easiest way to pack and keep organized whereas on a visit.

Listed here are some further posts on the topic:

  • I LOVE how Food52 was forward of the curve on this article from 2016 referred to as: How Marie Kondo Needs You to Pack Your Suitcase
  • From the New York Instances: The Proper Method to Pack for Journey

Doing Issues and Actions that Spark Pleasure

Does ready in an enormous line, being preyed on by pickpockets, and hoping for good climate (not even to have one of the best view) of the Eiffel Tower spark pleasure? Does preventing the crowds to see a tiny body of a smug Mona Lisa spark pleasure? I didn’t suppose so. Properly, cease doing it! In 2009 I attended a running a blog convention wherein a really clever blogger stated, it’s YOUR weblog, do what makes you cheerful! It’s the identical in your journey.

It’s your journey, do what makes you cheerful, and don’t fear about whether or not you marked every thing off the listing. In case your completely deliberate itinerary is popping into one misadventure after one other, chuck it and begin once more, it’s completely okay to spend per week in Paris doing nothing however sitting in cafes and consuming croissants. Nobody has the best to evaluate you in your journey model!

The identical goes for bloggers engaged on paid or unpaid tasks. And particularly when it’s an unpaid venture. Don’t let a vacation spot or a model dictate your story. Do what makes you cheerful. You will write a greater story and it’ll be extra significant to your readers.

I’m working with a vacation spot for the time being to craft an itinerary and their unique listing had actions on it that weren’t on-brand for me, I might have a tough time authentically writing a narrative on it and speaking that to the consumer. They appreciated my honesty and eradicated these objects and added new ones.


Children apart (they’ve expectations) do your family and friends actually need extra stuff? Do you? Haven’t we moved previous the trivial keepsakes we collected as youngsters? Should you really feel you should purchase one thing, contemplate meals that may be loved collectively, a reminiscence is created, however there isn’t any residual bodily merchandise. Or purchase one thing extremely useful. For instance, a shawl which has so many makes use of or a hat! Think about the particular person’s tastes you might be shopping for for and attempt to purchase genuinely native items.


I’m going to be sincere with you, within the final couple of years, airplane journey has positively NOT sparked pleasure! That’s one of many causes that Mr. Misadventures and I are doing extra home journey this 12 months (one thing I wrote about in my 2019 publish on aspirations) – with plenty of highway journeys which does deliver us pleasure. If getting on a aircraft has you furrowing your forehead, contemplate trains, and boats. In case you are getting on a aircraft, do every thing you’ll be able to to make the expertise as joyful as attainable! Think about:

  • Packing your individual meals, belongings you actually like.
  • Carry your individual water bottle and keep hydrated.
  • Put on garments that let you be as comfy as attainable in these teeny tiny seats.
  • Carry a terrific e-book or pack your Kindle with a couple of. Obtain motion pictures or TV collection that you’ll totally take pleasure in by way of any lengthy (and inevitable lately) delay.
  • Rise up and transfer round. I do know I hate it too, I desire the window seat so it means disturbing my neighbors, however you’ll really feel tons higher for those who stroll round a bit.
  • Defend your self from sickness by utilizing antibacterial wipes. Nothing worse than exhibiting up in Paris with a brand new chilly or flu (it’s occurred to me and it sucks!)
  • Don’t overpack your private objects (or that keep on). Because the day progresses and also you get increasingly drained, they get heavier. Additionally, it’s no enjoyable preventing to get them within the overhead house or shoving them beneath the seat. Actually consider each merchandise you deliver.


A ultimate phrase about touring companions. Select those that spark pleasure. Mr. Misadventures and I acknowledge that we’ve got our personal rhythm and magnificence with regards to how we journey. It has been extremely honed after almost 2 a long time of being collectively and it doesn’t essentially mesh properly with others. Belief me. We’ve tried. I might say if you’re touring with others, resist the temptation to remain collectively.

I do know that it could possibly actually assist with the monetary burden of lodging, however it could possibly additionally add stress. In case you are touring with individuals for a number of days, have deliberate alone time. Don’t plan on doing every thing collectively 24/7, issues will go lots smoother and everybody will get the chance to do actions that spark pleasure.

Don’t eat all of your meals collectively as properly, it provides individuals the chance to eat the meals they need and never compromise by going someplace everybody can eat. You’ll end the journey along with your friendship nonetheless intact. I feel that is much more necessary when touring with household!

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