At this point, we’ve all heard of the world-renowned Marie Kondo and her KonMari method of decluttering. Far fewer have heard of the Packing Party method of decluttering.
Please keep reading for an explanation on an alternative to the KonMari method, the Packing Party Method of decluttering.
Who Created the Packing Party Decluttering Method?
The Packing Party is a method of decluttering that was created by The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn, and Ryan Nicodemus.
What is the Packing Party Decluttering Method?
Unlike the Minimalism Game or the KonMari Method, the Packing Party Method was created to help speed up the process of drastically paring down one’s possessions. As the name suggests, the method is meant to emulate packing for a move.
This method of decluttering calls for individuals to pack up all of their possessions in labeled boxes. All worldly items are left in the neatly packed boxes for some time.
Over the next 3-4 weeks, unpack the items that are needed or that are missed. Items could include everyday staples like plates and cups to items that spark joy such as a DSLR camera, a journal, makeup, etc.
After 3-4 weeks, it should be apparent that many of the items in the boxes will not be missed. Thus, those items do not add any real value or happiness to the owners’ lives.
It is worth noting, that the Packing Party method may need to be completed seasonally for individuals who live in environments that experience the full four seasons. For example, as a Boston resident, I wouldn’t reach for snow boots in July or a swimsuit in January.
Who is the Packing Party Decluttering Method Good For?
A packing party is an awesome option for anyone looking to make a drastic lifestyle change. Anyone looking to live a simpler, more minimalistic lifestyle may find this method useful. For anyone moving, the Packing Party method is a natural way to approach decluttering.
This method is not good for individuals who are prone to impulse shopping. Anyone who struggles to make rash decisions could find this decluttering method less stressful.
The point of a Packing Party is to drastically cut down on worldly possessions. However, the goal shouldn’t be to declutter and repurchase tons of new items afterward.
So What Happens to All the Rejected Items?
Many of the items that will be decluttered can be re-homed by:
Selling valuable items on sites like eBay, Poshmark, or Mercari
Selling valuable clothing/accessories to consignment shops
Donating goods to local charities, shelters, or second-hand shops
Gifting friends and family members with sentimental items or items that will add value to their lives
If the Packing Party method does not seem like a fit for your lifestyle needs, there are other ways of decluttering. KonMari is one of the most popular methods of decluttering.
If you have more time, consider other declutter methods including the Minimalism Game or Project 333. The Minimalism Game is conducted house-wide, while Project 333 focuses on clothing and accessories.