CLEAN BREAK

Have you joined the Kondo tidy craze?

Weekend Herald - - Front Page - Alice Pea­cock

Op shops and thrift stores are be­ing in­un­dated with un­wanted goods — and a new Netflix show, Tidy­ing Up with Marie Kondo is be­lieved to be driv­ing the trend.

The show has be­come a huge hit on the stream­ing ser­vice since New Year’s Day. Eight episodes hosted by Ja­panese or­gan­is­ing con­sul­tant and au­thor Marie Kondo each fea­ture a fam­ily, who Kondo helps to de­clut­ter their home.

So­cial me­dia was buzzing with Marie Kondo ref­er­ences, tweets and memes. Hun­dreds of Her­ald read­ers posted on Face­book about how the show had in­spired them to clean up and de­clut­ter.

“Started watch­ing this with the kids yes­ter­day and they are all hooked on fold­ing clothes,” one per­son com­mented.

“I’ve done that this week! You should see my garage!,” an­other said. “Time to stalk the op shops,” one per­son said.

There were also calls for peo­ple to take the items dis­carded in their de­clut­ter­ing mis­sions, and do­nate to hospice shops or Red Cross stores.

Takanini Red Cross man­ager Sh­eryl Har­ris be­lieved the show could be linked to an in­flux of dropoffs, fol­low­ing an uber-busy hol­i­day pe­riod.

“A lady was say­ing to me that she’d been watch­ing some show on Netflix about clean­ing up, and she came and brought all her stuff down here,” Har­ris said.

“Do­na­tions have been con­tin­u­ous ev­ery day since a few weeks be­fore Christ­mas, and we’re still go­ing now.”

Har­ris hadn’t heard of the show,

Do­na­tions have been con­tin­u­ous ev­ery day since a few weeks be­fore Christ­mas. Sh­eryl Har­ris, Red Cross

but said she was now “cu­ri­ous” and might look into it. Things at the store had been hec­tic and space some­times be­came an is­sue, but Har­ris said high vol­umes of do­nated goods were al­ways good news.

This time of year was par­tic­u­larly good as it saw do­na­tion cen­tres through qui­eter times.

Kondo’s fun­da­men­tal ad­vice is to get rid of ev­ery­thing in your home that doesn’t “spark joy”. But she’s faced crit­i­cism af­ter one episode saw her urge a fam­ily to get rid of all their books.

Other Red Cross branches con­tacted by the Week­end Her­ald said they had also re­ceived a lot of do­na­tions over re­cent weeks, though some said it was typ­i­cal around Christ­mas as peo­ple of­ten had a clean out over the hol­i­days.

Kondo’s Netflix show is based on her 2012 book, The Life-Chang­ing Magic of Tidy­ing Up.

Marie Kondo’s Netflix se­ries on clean­ing up and or­gan­is­ing your home is in­spir­ing Kiwi fam­i­lies.

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