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Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up Craze Is Causing Actual Issues In Aussie Op-Shops

Since the release of cleaning-magician Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,’ she has had an overwhelming following. Netflix released her show, ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo‘, in early January, and the cult has tripled in size. If you’ve been watching the show, chances are that you’ve thrown out half your wardrobe this year.

Millions around the world are pledging to declutter their lives and get rid of useless ‘stuff’ that is piling up to the roof. Marie Kondo’s techniques are physical, emotional and spiritual, and have helped countless people finally sort their hoarding habits out.

Unfortunately, that also means that people are throwing some completely unusable stuff into donation bins. While op-shops and donation bins are usually welcoming to donations, this craze has brought an influx of items they can’t accept. Stores across Aus have been having to refuse donations as they have reached capacity.

As a reminder, you’re not supposed to donate broken and dirty clothing, as charities have no use for it. Clothing donation based charities are having to spend up to $13 million a year sending what they can’t use to landfill.

Overflowing bins also mean that people are dumbing outside of the bins, exposing them to alllllll the elements we experience in Aus. This means that clothing you wanted to donate is probably going to be soaked by rain. That means it’s going straight to landfill.

Items like used underwear, dirty sneakers or broken clothing items are unable to be sold or donated. You might want to consider this when shedding. DIY your pieces, donate to smaller charities in need or give goods away to family or friends.

So if you’re taking up the challenge of #TidyingUp this year, consider other options for your clothing.

Image Credit: Seth Wenig, Cuyana

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