Have you ever dreaded packing so much that you were actually physically unable to begin the process of packing?!
My friend, Erica, reached out to me a few weeks ago in a bit of a panic. She was needing to pack for her return to living overseas for the next year and felt like she had both forgotten how to pack and how to get started. Erica has a strong connection with her clothes and bases her ability to pack awesomely on how much she can cram into a suitcase.
Only this time she didn’t want to overpack and go way over the weight restrictions.
Where. to. start?
For a situation like this, I recommend the Whittle Down Method.
Instead of sitting on the bed, staring at a full closet, mentally trying to pick out bits and pieces for the suitcase — toss it all in a bag.
That’s right! Pull out anything and everything that you think you WANT to pack for a trip. Take it out of the closet, and out of your drawers, so you can have a better look at it.
This is the point where you may realize you have packed too much. Now, you begin to whittle down your packing list.
Whittling down the items in your luggage, I find, is much easier when done out of the overwhelming confines of a closet. Instead of looking at every top you own, you can now evaluate the 5 or 10 that you pulled out.
It’s not easy, but do know that I use this method to pack for just about every trip I take.
Choose the tops, the bottoms, the extra layers and so on that you value LEAST — either in terms of fashion or trip syle. Put those back in the closet and drawers. Keep going until you have your suitcase down to a reasonable level.
By the end of the process, you will both have a lighter bag AND be taking only the items that you value and love the most. No more carrying around extra weight.