Day 27 – Learning to Pack like a Minimalist

Today was the big day. The day when I finally had to move all of my stuff and essentially move for at least a week to the other side of town. My goal, as I discussed in yesterday’s post, was to travel like a minimalist.

So, how successful was I?

It depends on your definition of success…

My main concern of following true minimalism was with my clothes. I couldn’t promise being a minimalist in everything, but I could control my own clothes. However, wouldn’t exactly call it a complete success, I do believe I did much better than I would have say a month ago.

Here’s what I did.

First I figured out my shoes. Those are hard for me as I love high heels and still have over 15 pairs, but I was determined.

After a bit of thought and debating with myself, I finally chose 3 pairs of heels that are both comfortable and versatile. Two of the pairs I can guarantee I will wear, while the 3rd pair I would love to wear for the final night of revival. Even though my pic shows that I packed my heels, I decided that that would be inefficient.

Not pictured is the tennis shoes I was wearing so I could travel easy, and the pair of flip flops for around the house.

Once the shoes were decided upon, I turned to the clothes. In my first step I simply took all of my favorite dresses and outfits and put them on the bed. Then I looked through and shopped again for my favorites of those favorites. I was able to put away 3 dresses and 5 shirts.

Here’s what I was left with:

I follow the Kon Marie method and neatly folded everything. Pictured is a suit jacket, 2 button up shirts, 5 skirts, and 2 slips, 1 tank top, 1 sweater, and several tshirts and long sleeve light sweaters that mix and match wonderfully.

I really tried to make sure that anything would easily match with anything while keeping just one or two unique colored items. I love that nearly all of my clothing is blue, gray, or black. I do like having a few peach or emerald green items for a touch of variety that will break up any monotony.

Here is how I ended up packing everything. I put the shoes and heavy sweater in the laundry basket since I knew I would need the basket as well. All of the other clothes fit neatly inside my small suitcase.

Traveling was pretty easy, especially with everything decided upon and packed neatly.

The next thing I did, I admit I have never done on any trip I have ever taken: I unpacked at the location.

This is such a new concept to me, but it’s one I love so far. The first time I learned about it was when I travelled with my piano teacher. In a few days I saw her room was still neat and tidy while mines had clothes all over the floor. I was embarrassed and ashamed of my room when I realized how messy it looked.

A couple months ago I heard that one of the best things you can do when you travel is to unpack at your destination. Not only does it help you find everything, but I’ve found so far that it helps you to relax and feel more at home.

What are some of your favorite travel tips to make traveling less stressful and easier? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you find it helpful to unpack as you travel.

Until tomorrow,
Mom Minimal