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Kondo Effect: Popular Netflix show inspires many to tidy up their space

Published: Jan. 20, 2019 at 10:24 PM CST
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A popular Netflix series has people across the country clearing out their closets and relearning how to fold clothes.

The series "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" launched earlier in January. It follows expert organizer, Marie Kondo as she helps families piece their homes together using the KonMari Method. The method teaches people to organize by category rather than location.

In Wichita, Goodwill has noticed an increase in donations. Angela Bascue, Vice President of Merchandise says it's possible the "Kondo Effect" is responsible for the uptick, and it's benefiting the organization in a number of ways.

"The purpose of our donations is obviously to keep things out of the landfill but also fulfill our mission, which is to provide jobs for people with disabilities and barriers. So it's just a win-win-win," said Bascue.

It's also a win for professional organizer, Rachel Murphy. Murphy owns the business, 'Simplify My Life ICT' and was trained in KonMari by Marie Kondo, herself.

"I absolutely love it because for the first time a lot of people are really looking at their stuff," said Murphy.

The philosophy of KonMari is to choose items that spark joy. It starts by piling up every piece of clothing you own, and picking them up one at a time.

"It starts to hone in on your spark joy signal," said Murphy, "what we want to do is remove the things that don't have joy for you, that have just become things."

A key part of KonMari is thanking the items that you choose to discard. Murphy says some of her clients struggle with this concept.

"Even if you never wore them and you just bought them and hung them in the closet, the moment you purchased them they brought you joy. So it's very important that we respectfully let the things go," said Murphy.

Once you've successfully weeded through your clothes, you're ready to start folding. The folding techniques involved in KonMari result in neat, rectangle shapes that are not stacked, but filed standing up in drawers. Murphy says it's also important to touch the clothes and smooth them out. This allows you to spend time with your items and truly appreciate them.

People across the country are trying these same techniques at home with no formal training. Murphy says it can be a lot to take on alone, and you may want to consider having someone guide you through the process.

"Not everybody is ready for KonMari. KonMari is a completely different way of looking at everything you own. Some people just need to be organized," said Murphy.

For those who are ready for KonMari, Murphy says sticking to the method should be easy.

"It's such a change that you don't want to go back. It's kind of like when you start a new habit and you really love the results of it it just becomes second nature," said Murphy.

Murphy says she's considering holding workshops for those looking to get started in KonMari. You can find more information on her website: simplifymylifeict.com.

There are plenty of options for donating your items in the Wichita area including His Helping Hands, Dress for Success, Goodwill, homeless shelters and various women's shelters.