Pack­ing for the hol­i­days

New Ross Standard - - MOTORING SPECIAL -

IF you are still con­tem­plat­ing a mo­tor­ing hol­i­day or are about to head for the ferry port, read on.

Team­ing up with Europe’s first cer­ti­fied KonMari Con­sul­tant, Aline Lau, SEAT has pro­duced a handy set of tips for fam­i­lies pre­par­ing for their an­nual sum­mer hol­i­day, us­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s com­pact SUV, the Arona, but can be ap­plied to al­most any car.

The KonMari MethodTM – an or­gan­i­sa­tional tech­nique de­vel­oped by con­sul­tant and au­thor Marie Kondo – fol­lows sim­ple rules that fo­cus on de-clut­ter­ing and keep­ing only items that ‘spark joy’. The mind­set has been used to help fam­i­lies pack the car for the hol­i­days.

By de-clut­ter­ing items that don’t ‘spark joy’, or­der­ing re­main­ing items into cat­e­gories and us­ing as­sorted space-sav­ing tech­niques, the Ja­panese dis­ci­pline means that fam­i­lies can fit every­thing they need – from chil­dren’s toys to sports equip­ment – into even a mod­est-sized ve­hi­cle.

Three KonMari Method tips for pack­ing the car this Au­gust • De-clut­ter – Re­move any item that you could ac­tu­ally do with­out – be ruth­less with your­self and keep only items that make you happy

• Pack smart – Fold and roll cloth­ing to save space in suit­cases

and put loose items into boxes be­fore load­ing into the boot

• Cat­e­gorise – Put your es­sen­tials within reach in the car and

max­imise boot space by pack­ing cases ver­ti­cally

Lau said: ‘Life in gen­eral is very clut­tered in the mod­ern world. We con­stantly have to go through a de-clut­ter­ing pro­cess in or­der to keep a peace­ful mind.

‘Many peo­ple now adopt Marie Kondo’s mind­set in their homes but this is the first time we have used it to pack a car. We will au­to­mat­i­cally try to take too much with us on va­ca­tion but, by sep­a­rat­ing each item and cat­e­goris­ing what we re­ally need, we can be more ef­fi­cient in­stead of try­ing to take every­thing from our lives with us on hol­i­day.”

To make the most of the Arona’s boot space of 400- litres, Lau low­ered the depth of the floor and utilised fea­tures such as front pas­sen­ger net pocket to stow es­sen­tials. Once fully loaded the boot in­cluded two suit­cases, a box of beach toys, tow­els and sports equip­ment, box of shoes, kid’s ruck­sack, full- size pushchair, beach bag, beach mat and boo­gie board.

SEAT Pas­sive Safety En­gi­neer Javier Del­gado ad­vises that the heav­i­est suit­cases should al­ways go at the bot­tom and as far back as pos­si­ble in the boot:’If we don’t place things cor­rectly or se­curely, a slam on the brakes or a sud­den ma­noeu­vre could cause them to shift or fly for­ward and jeop­ar­dise safety. When driv­ing at 62mph, if we brake sud­denly, a pack­age weigh­ing 30kg turns into a 90kg pro­jec­tile, mul­ti­ply­ing its weight by three.’

For more in­for­ma­tion on Aline Lau and her or­gan­is­ing con­sul­tancy com­pany, go to

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