Marie Kondo, the KonMari, Tidying Up, pop culture queen of decluttering is all about keeping things that spark joy. But where is all that decluttered stuff going? Today we’re going to talk about the surge of donations thrift stores are reporting as a result of the Tidying Up craze and the aftermath of all that trash on our planet. Should we consider putting things in storage instead? I’m going to share some practical tips for consuming less and what I wish Marie Kondo had shared about trash on her show. Fixing the trash crisis is not about the end of the waste cycle- more efficiently recycling etc.- it’s the beginning- how we create less trash to begin with that we should be worried about.

Mentioned on the Show:

?Tidying Up: THE show that got everyone is talking about decluttering and sending copious amounts of stuff to our overwhelmed thrift stores. Have you seen it? I will say the organization tips Marie gives are really great, like everything in your house having a specific place so it’s easier to put everything away. Or the KonMari folding method, it makes your drawers a whole different space.

?Spark Joy: This is Marie’s first book, the one that started it all. This book details her folding method, illustrated organized closets and drawers, and she answers questions what to keep and what to get rid of.

?The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Marie’s second book promised that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Both of her books are worth a read, I read both a few years ago and still apply a lot of her methods in my organizing today. I just wish she had suggested using storage sheds instead of getting rid of everything.

?A Plastic Ocean: We mentioned this plastic documentary on last week’s episode with Callee of Hippie Haven, but if you haven’t seen this movie yet you should! Seeing the plastic gathered up in our beautiful oceans really lets you see the hugeness of the trash problem. You can watch it on Netflix.

?Stasher Bags: A fantastic alternative to ziplock bags that can help you cut back on both plastic and trash. Made of silicone, you can both heat and freeze in them. They are dishwasher safe and I’ve found them to be super useful for lunch packing, to-go snacking, leftovers, and kitchen life in general because you don’t have to find a lid (it’s all one piece) and you can reuse them over and over. They come in sandwhich size and snack size.

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