Minimalists. You’ve seen them, in their monochromatic clothes, walking (with neutral-colored flats), freed from the constraints of consumerism. Yes, there are many falling into minimalism trends. But we can’t help but admit that there’s something alluring about this movement. And there is one time, especially, when minimalism seems the most appealing: moving day.
You don’t quite realize how maximalist you really are until you open that 12th drawer, jammed full of pamphlets from your old apartment, some sticky tack, your measuring tape, old notebooks, a birthday card from Nana, and – thank God you found it – a few paycheck stubs you’ll need for your new apartment application.
If you’re at this stage, and you’re overwhelmed, then best start here – with this moving checklist, and guide.
This guide will take you by the tired hand and lead you, step-by-step, to the greener pastures on the other side of your move. If you’ve got the time, though, a move is the perfect opportunity to purge. Keep reading for our top 3 tips on how to move like a minimalist (even if you’re not one).
Tip 1: Binge-watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Minimalists will argue that their lifestyle frees them from the trappings of consumer culture.
Organizing consultant, Marie Kondo, became a leading spokesperson on minimalist living but added her own twist on the theme. Rather than focusing on getting rid of most of our possessions, Kondo only asks one question: does an item spark joy. A few episodes into her show, and you’ll be piling up your clothes and sending loads of sparkless t-shirts and sweatpants away to Goodwill.
Tip 2: Move into a fully furnished apartment.
One benefit to minimalism is how it helps you be more intentional about your possessions and purchases. Moving into a fully furnished apartment will give you the option to get rid of old chairs and tables that don’t spark joy and give you the time to collect meaningful, treasured pieces. This way, your home can evolve naturally and will express who you are, your story, your travels, and your style.
What better way to move like a minimalist than to rid yourself of that 400 lb. pull out couch you got for $20 at goodwill? Ditch that dining room table your neighbor was getting rid of that you never DIYed. Free yourself from the fake-wood coffee table you bought discounted from Ikea that never matched your style anyway.
Tip 3: When you can’t let go, think big.
It’s hard getting rid of our stuff. We attach meaning, significance, memory, and identity to our things. Most of the main speakers on minimalism explain that sentimental items can be the hardest to get rid of – even if Aunt Martha really didn’t mean for you to hold onto all 17 pairs of her clip-on earrings.
As the minimalism ralliers, Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus say, “Our memories are within us, not within our things.” So if you find yourself stuck, and you’re having a hard time letting go of your stuff, get a bird’s eye view.
Reflect on those memories that were important to you. Think about how you can keep making those impactful, precious memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Look ahead. Get to know your new city. And make a few more memories that will last.
Moving can be stressful. During such a time, we could all use a little bit of minimalist wisdom. Get rid of life’s excess. Focus on what’s important. Move with intention.