10 Tips for a Joy-Filled Move from Springfield KonMari™ Consultant Kathryn Kelly

September 19, 2019

The question of what you want to own is really the question of how you want to live.”  – Marie Kondo

You may recognize Marie Kondo from her Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, released in January 2019.   In a series of inspiring home makeovers, the ‘Queen of Tidy’ uses the innovative KonMari Method™ from her best-selling book to help people clear out their clutter and choose joy.

Lauded by critics and fans alike, the program demonstrates the life-changing magic of tidying up, and illustrates the transformative power of the KonMari Method™ in emotional and surprising ways. 

Moving is frequently listed among the top stressful events a person may encounter in a lifetime.  With the average American moving 11.7 times in his/her life, it is likely you have – or will – experience this life-changing event firsthand.

To add to the stress, there are 300,000 items in the average American household.  A common mistake people make when preparing for a move is truly underestimating just how much stuff is actually inside their home.

Your level of organization and preparedness surrounding an event of this magnitude is crucial to your experience.

Kathryn Kelly with Becoming Essential – Springfield’s only Certified KonMari™ Consultant shares 10 tips that will help you embrace the moving process.


Kathryn Kelly with Becoming Essential – Springfield’s only Certified KonMari™ Consultant shares 10 tips that will help you embrace the moving process.


  1. Plan ahead. The most popular day of the week for moving is Friday – closely followed by Saturday and Sunday.  Do you plan to use a moving company?  If so, book ahead of schedule – especially if you’re moving over the weekend.  Will you need off-site storage?  Hotel accommodations?  Create a checklist.  Start making those arrangements early – at least a few months in advance.  Will you be saying goodbye to friends and loved ones?  Allow time in your schedule for those important farewells.  Make your move a priority by taking time to prepare logistically, mentally, and emotionally.


  1.  Start with a vision. Yes, moving is a stressful life-changing event. It’s also a fresh start and the opportunity to begin again.  The blank canvas that is your new home allows you look forward and dream of the life you can create.  Take time to imagine your ideal lifestyle.  What do you want your new home to look like?  How do you want it to feel?  What do you see yourself doing there once you are unpacked and settled?  This vision is your most powerful tool during your moving process – it will keep you focused, motivated, and will be the touchpoint for all your decisions moving forward.


TRY THIS:  Engage the entire family in this exercise and establish a shared vision for your new life together.  Moving is a scary, stressful event for children – you can use this vision as you guide them through their own process of letting go.


  1. Discard in advance. Everyone desires a tidier life; however, it usually requires a big event like a move in order for us to finally confront our stuff.  Some of the most successful KonMari™ experiences are those done in association with a move.  If you want to apply the complete method, give yourself enough time.  Two to three months prior to a move is reasonable.  Getting organized saves extra work and prevents distraction – it gives you confidence knowing you can pack everything in your move.  Remember: when you hire someone to pack your belongings, they will pack everything.


Take advantage of the time you have before packing and truly assess your belongings.  Money is spent to maintain, store, pack, and move these items – not everything needs to go with you into your new life.  When you intentionally decide not to carry the weight of the past into your future, moving becomes a more joyful experience.

  1.  Arm yourself with the proper tools. Boxes.  Paper.  Packing tape.  Scissors.  Bubble wrap.  Packing paper.  Markers.  Gather your supplies before you begin packing.  Keep these items stored together during the process so they’re always easy to locate.  Label boxes so you and your moving team know where in the new space to place them.  The unboxing process will go more smoothly when items are unpacked where you want them to end up.



  1.  Organize using the KonMari Method™. The KonMari Method™ encouragestidying by item category – not by item location – beginning with clothing, then books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items.  When applied to the moving process, this approach provides a clear starting point and a road map.  In a typical home, items of the same category may be stored in multiple locations.  Tidying and packing by category provides structure, makes the work less daunting, and guarantees a finish line.  Plus, unpacking and set-up in your new space will be a breeze!


IMPORTANT:  Avoid the “catch-all” boxes that end up being more work to go though post-move – or worse, never get opened.


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  1.  Trust the pros. Unless you’ve moved frequently, consider enlisting the help of a professional. Whether you need help with packing, moving, organizing, interior design, home staging, cleaning, or handy-work, use your resources.  Although moving is a disruption, remember life continues – with work, school, and family events.  Now is not the time to DIY it all; hire help and ease some of the pressure to ensure a more joy-filled move.
  1. Fold the KonMari™ way. By ‘file-folding’ clothing so it stands upright – rather than stacking items on top of one another – you are able to see all you have.  This also saves space and allows you to easily transfer the items from your drawers to boxes and back again.  Remember to wash all clothing and linens ahead of time.  Fewer boxes to move means less stress.

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  1.  Pack suitcases with the essentials. Unless you’re making a quick cross-town move, for the actual moving event, pack an overnight bag for each member of the family. Include clothing, sleepwear, and toiletries.  Depending on the length of your move, more items may be necessary.  Pre-packing a bag alleviates any need to rummage through boxes to retrieve necessities.
  1. Unpack EVERYTHING. There will be no unopened boxes going to the basement to live for 10+ years.  When you arrive in your new space, make the commitment to thoroughly unpack every box.  Be patient and understand that some storage solutions will be temporary as you move items around and get a feel for your new home.  Now is your chance to ensure clutter does not follow you into your new phase of life.  The hope is for you to be excited to unpack on the other end of your move.


  1. Take the time to get to know your new space. The second most common reason for moving is job relocation. The first?  A desire for ‘better.’  This is why it is so important to honor the significance of this life event.  Don’t rush to fill the space.  Homes have varying layouts and different energies.  Stay focused on your vision and only allow those items into your new home that will support you in your new life.

Moving is a wonderful opportunity to assess where you are and what you have in life. It is a process of transformation, of letting go with gratitude so you can move forward joyfully into a new chapter.  Enjoy the process; discard the stress.

About Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly is the founder of Becoming Essential, an organizing and lifestyle company focused on helping people create free space in their homes and lives. 

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As Southwest Missouri’s only certified KonMari™ Consultant, Kathryn serves clients in various life stages – including busy families, empty nesters, and those in the process of buying, selling, and moving homes.  Following the KonMari Method™ of creating a joy-filled space, Kathryn guides her clients on a tidying journey that results in a decluttered home and life. 


Having a deep appreciation for interiors, order, and the connection our homes have with our minds and bodies, organizing and optimizing spaces has always come naturally for Kathryn.  She is able to draw from her decade-long corporate career experience to equip clients with effective systems that increase efficiency and reduce workload in the home. 


Kathryn grew up with Midwestern values of hard work, preparation, and follow-through, and brings those into her client relationships.  She graduated from Missouri State and spent 13 years in Kansas City before packing up her own belongings and returning with her family to Springfield earlier this year!

A mother of two boys under five, Kathryn dedicates her life to their education, growth, and development while modeling entrepreneurship.  She has been married to her husband Steve for over 10 years and they are grateful to be back in the Springfield community, where they met as students in college.

Through the KonMari Method™ , Kathryn fosters her passion for serving others.  She is honored and grateful to bring this internationally-renowned philosophy to our community and to continue spreading the message of sparking joy wherever she goes. 

To connect with Kathryn, follow her on Instagram @lifestyle_becomingessential

Visit www.becomingessential.com and schedule a complimentary, confidential phone consultation to learn more about how KonMari™ can help with your home and lifestyle needs. 

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