Charities have stopped taking old and unwanted clothing after Marie Kondo’s cult-like following sparked mass donations across Australia.
The Japanese ‘organising consultant’ became a Netflix star after her decluttering book took the world by storm.
Many embarked on a post-Christmas clean-out inspired by Ms Kondo’s guidelines, but some are dumping items at already overflowing donation bins – and unwittingly causing charities a headache, shares Daily Mail.
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Lifeline’s recent estimates suggest over half their stores in Australia have now stopped accepting donations.
Jamie Mackay from Lifeline told ABC that cleaning out the overflowing donation bins across the nation often cost upwards of 30 per cent of the charities funds.
Items are being dumped in and around charity bins putting a strain on charities which are having to employ people to collect, sift through and then take them to the trash.
Sustainability Victoria Acting CEO, Stephanie Ziersch, told Daily Mail Australia the KonMari method is positive, but highlighted the need for items to be ‘consciously re-homed’.
‘The sudden spike in tidying up at home, combined with Christmas excess, New Year’s resolutions for minimalism and the fact that many op shops are still closed for the holidays, risk creating the perfect storm for waste this month,’ Ms Ziersch said.
Ms Ziersch suggested households consider adding a seventh-step when applying Ms Kondo’s famous KonMari method to their tidying up.
‘Our simple request for Kondo-inspired declutterers is that instead of saying ‘thank you, next’ they instead find the joy in rehoming the items or recycling them thoughtfully and through the correct channels.
‘In fact, there’s a Japanese approach known as ‘mottainai’ that I suspect Marie Kondo would happily support. Quite simply, it encourages reflection on waste and action when it comes to reducing, reusing, recycling and respecting.’
The key is to find a charity that really WANTS your items
I must admit I have been on a bit of a cleaning spree myself. Although it has nothing to do with the Netflix series because shock horror I don’t even have Netflix! (I know right?)
While my youngest son was away for a few days I decided to tackle his bedroom without all the interruptions and screams of “But I NEED that!” Yeah, sorry but NO you really don’t, son.
Six hours later and his bedroom is practically empty.
But instead of just dumping the unwanted items I reached out first on my social media channels to ask if anyone knew of somewhere that might want the goods. That way they went to a charity that was happy and thankful to receive them.
Have you been on a decluttering spree recently?
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