Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that tidying sensation Marie Kondo has swept the nation. Her hit Netflix show has led many of us (myself included) to declutter our lives.
What followed was a flood on social media. Energetic viewers were inspired to empty their overstuffed homes and only keep items that sparked joy. One painstaking item at a time.
What makes Kondo’s method different from your general spring cleaning is all in the delivery. Through her emphasis on keeping items that spark joy, you’re forced into a new mindset. Marie urges those participating in her program to mindfully clasp each possession and contemplate whether that dress, book or handbag brings an amount of joy. If not, then out the door it goes.
Who has born the brunt of our uncluttering? Charity shops. Stores like Vinnies and the Salvation Army have reported an influx of items being donated. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, what is bad is hearing that unusable donations are coming in. Items such as soiled or damaged clothing and broken homewares. Charity shops are not the tip people!
Personally, I love op-shopping and finding one of a kind pieces. Shopping at charity stores also does wonderful things for the community. By buying second hand, you become part of a circular economy. Rather than a throwaway society, as well as contributing to a wonderful organisation helping those less fortunate.
Overall, Marie Kondo has sparked a wonderful movement. We’ve become so wrapped up in what everyone else has. And with social media it’s easy to become jealous because of what some influencer has. But, we all know life is not greener on the other side of the fence. It becomes greener when we truly appreciate what we have.