I am a terrible packer – a certifiable overstuffer of all things useless with a penchant for forgetting to throw in what I truly need. On a recent weekend trip, I arrived at my destination with no fewer than five shirts, two dresses, four pairs of leggings, and zero sets of certain unmentionable items. Clearly, I need help. Having recently discovered Marie Kondo, the renowned tidying expert, bestselling author, and star of the Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo , I decided it was time to change up my packing skills. With a beach holiday over Lunar New Year coming up, I decided that this time I was going to bring “joy” to my suitcase, and studied up on how to pack the KonMari way (with some trial and error), for my sake and yours. Marie Kondo sparks joy on Netflix as she declutters America Here’s how we can take our suitcases from crazed to tame: 1. Keep positive. It’s not easy for us unorganised folk to suddenly become organised. 2. Make a list of what you need. Try to imagine your trip and what you’ll likely be doing. 3. Make sure you are happy with your suitcase. If you don’t love the package, you probably won’t take care of what’s inside. I ditched my case with the one deep pocket for luggage that has two sides. It makes it so much easier to see everything. Note: duffel bags are terrible; you will never find your favourite shorts ever again. 4. Pack according to the list and only take what brings you joy. Start by separating everything into the categories on your lists – pants with pants, shirts with shirts etc. Once you have your items together, look at them one by one. Everything that goes into your suitcase should “spark joy”. The idea is that you will look into your suitcase and love everything in it. How to pack and dress like a French woman 5. Don’t bring extra just because you can. This applies to everything from clothes to shoes to toiletries. Eliminate anything you think you “might wear”. We don’t need three extra outfits just in case (unless, of course, you’re a mud wrestler or are dealing with a vomit-prone infant). And you certainly don’t need that extra tube of lip balm you once received in a complimentary hotel amenities kit. 6. Use pouches and packing cubes to keep things separate. Packing cubes and pouches are so much more useful than I imagined. You can use them for keeping your shoes away from your clothes, and all your chargers and cords neatly tucked away, so they don’t get tangled. Most importantly they keep your toiletries sealed off so that your facial moisturiser doesn’t decide to mate with your socks. 7. Fold your clothes tightly. (I admit this was a surprisingly cathartic exercise and I soon found myself organising the rest of my closest.) Then stack all the tightly folded clothes. Keep each item upright in your suitcase so that they are all easily visible. Heavier things should be packed closer to the wheels or bottom of your luggage. I opted to arrange everything in my case by colour because it sparked joy in me. Which travel hotspot suits your Chinese zodiac sign in 2019 8. Leave at least 10 per cent of your bag empty. With your things so well organised, it will be hard to make room for all your ethically-responsible souvenirs if it’s fully packed. There you have it! The real challenge now is keeping your suitcase this organised. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter This article originally appeared in Wanderluxe by The Luxe Nomad .