The decluttering craze has hit Maine full on thanks to a new Netflix series. Organizations that rely on donated items say it could not have come at a better time.
The Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” launched Jan. 1. Since then, some Maine viewers have been organizing their homes while binge watching episodes.
“I have been watching it,” said Holly Hardwick of Eagle Lake. “But it will take me years to thank my stuff I no longer need and donate it or trash it, [and] I like her technique to thank the opportunity to have the item [because] that in itself is a blessing of prosperity in my opinion.”
Part of Kondo’s system involves holding or touching an item and, if the decision is made to get rid of it, thanking it for the joy it has brought.
Kondo recommends attacking clutter by category, not by room and breaks it down to clothes, books, papers and documents, miscellaneous items — which she terms “komono” — and sentimental items.
Her system, called the KonMari system, is the topic of her bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” released in 2014. In the Netflix series, she puts her advice into action helping folks declutter and transform their lives.
“We can tell the [KonMari] method is really popular right now,” said Amanda Fisher, manager of Catholic Charities’ Threads of Hope thrift store in Portland. “I’ve seen a few episodes myself, and we are definitely seeing more people coming in.”
Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.
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