Life-Changing Declutter Method: the Packing Party Method

Minimalism | Decluttering | Understanding the Packing Party Method

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 deluttering.

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 pairing down one’s possessions.  As the name suggest, 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 a period of time.

Over the course of the next 3-4 weeks, the 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 making 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 afterwards.

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

Additional Minimalism & Decluttering Resources

For additional minimalism and decluttering resources, check out The Minimalists’ blog, podcast, documentary, or books.

If the Packing Party method does not seem like a fit for your lifestyle needs, there are other ways of decluttering. The KonMari is one of the most popular methods to 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.

For more posts on decluttering, check out my most recent KonMari style declutter or my journey through Courtney Carver’s Busy Boycott.

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For makeup addicts, consider reading my Summer Beauty Declutter or Massive Mid-Year Beauty Declutter.

Have you heard of the Packing Party method of decluttering? Would you consider a decluttering method as drastic as this? Please let me know in the comments below.

9 thoughts on “Life-Changing Declutter Method: the Packing Party Method

    1. I’ve tried it at a smaller scale with clothing – I actually find that it works well for seasonal clothing, because if I don’t miss something enough to unpack it when the time comes then I’ll give it away. I’ve also tried the hanger method (where you turn your clothing hangers one way until you finally wear the items).

  1. Wow this sounds interesting!! Definitely seems like it would help you realize a lot of things aren’t missed haha. Have you tried it / how did it work for you?

    1. So I know I said this method could be tricky for people who live in an environment that experiences all four seasons, but I actually find this method helpful for working through clothing and shoes. If I don’t miss an item enough to unpack it for an entire season (when the time comes), then it a definite sign that I need to let the item go!

  2. When I first started reading this post I knew I had heard of this method and then when you mentioned The Minimalists – yup, that’s where I had heard of it! It’s a great idea, for sure!

    1. I really like how the Minimalists provide these helpful tools, but also go beyond to talk about how Minimalism can really impact your life in a positive way!

      I’m not a minimalist, but I appreciate a lot of what they say about the subject and listen to them / read their stuff to try to reform some of my shopping tendencies.

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