By now if you haven’t been swept up in the magic of Marie Kondo’s Netflix series and KonMari-ed your life, you’re probably not going to.
But the good news is that you too can benefit from the surge in spring (or rather, summer) cleaning that Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has brought about.
Similarly, if you got rid of all the non-joy-sparking items from your wardrobe and house and would like to replace some, you’re in luck.
Because the phenomenally popular series has led to a surge of people selling their unwanted items online and donating them to op-shops.
And as the saying (sort of) goes… one person’s non-joy-sparking trash is another person’s joy-sparking treasure.
Missed the hype, somehow? Here’s the Netflix show’s trailer:
The CEO of St Vincent de Paul told the Sydney Morning Herald that the charity’s Vinnies stories in western Sydney had seen a 38 per cent increase in donations in the first few weeks of January compared to the same time last year.
Meanwhile, people who would like to make a little cash from their clearing (and seriously, after all those hours of tidying, it does feel like payment is needed) have turned to online sites like Gumtree to sell their unwanted clothes, shoes, furniture and Tupperware.
According to Gumtree spokesperson Kirsty Dunn, there’s been a spike in women’s clothing sales over January.
“In January this year, we noticed an increase in listings for furniture, women’s clothes, home décor and games, parts and accessories,” she told Mamamia.
Which means more bargains for the rest of us, who very much still like having lots of stuff.
“Marie Kondoing my wardrobe so dresses are priced to sell,” reads one Gumtree ad for a $5 Portmans dress.
While another woman is offloading her blue Kate Spade crossbody bag for $100 after she Marie-Kondoed her house.
And a Perth woman is selling all her size 8 Tony Bianco, Wayne Cooper and Wittner shoes for around $25 a pair after a “Marie Kondo-inspired shoe clean out”.
Kirsty also reminded people that selling items was better for the environment than throwing them in the bin or offloading them during a hard rubbish pickup. And it’s better for your back account too.
“Ultimately, we want people recognise that there are better and far more lucrative options than throwing their items away, particularly because our research has shown a staggering 50 per cent of Aussies confess to throwing their unwanted goods in the bin,” she told Mamamia.
And if you have KonMaried your home and now want to make some cash, Kirsty suggests checking similar items before deciding on a price, being very descriptive when providing details and adding high-quality images to the ad for a fast sale.