Decluttering craze hits local shops

  • Local consignment stores are feeling the effects of the decluttering craze sparked by the popularity of Marie Kondo. Staff photo by Rachel Vitello—

  • Local consignment stores are feeling the effects of the decluttering craze sparked by the popularity of Marie Kondo. Staff photo by Rachel Vitello—

  • Local consignment stores are feeling the effects of the decluttering craze sparked by the popularity of Marie Kondo, although George Sterling of Rebecca’s Consignment, far left, said he hasn’t seen much of an uptick. Staff photo by Rachel Vitello

  • Local consignment stores are feeling the effects of the decluttering craze sparked by the popularity of Marie Kondo. Staff photo by Rachel Vitello—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/5/2019 12:05:50 PM

“Does it spark joy for you?” This is the question people all around the country have been asking themselves as they declutter their homes. This has been inspired by the new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The show features Marie Kondo, an organizational guru, according to her website, helping people clean out their homes to reveal emotional and surprising results by using the KonMari method. This method involves narrowing down items that are needed and are not needed, by asking themselves: “does it spark joy for you?”

This trend of cleaning out homes and only keeping items that are truly meaningful has made its way to the Monadnock region, at least according to some in the area.

Ruth Ann Moody, an employee at Threads of Hope resale clothing shop in Jaffrey, said that she has noticed an increase in their donations since the show gained popularity.

“I have definitely seen an increase in items being dropped off for us,” Moody said. “But I think it’s also due to our mission with the community.”

Threads of Hope is a non-profit that works alongside Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey to give back to the community. However, Moody believes that the KonMari method craze also deserves credit.

Likewise, Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough saw an uptick in their used book donations when Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”, originally came out.

“When the book came out, we saw an increase,” Toadstool employee Jeff Osgood said. “As for the show, not really.”

Not only are official businesses noticing the impact of the KonMari method, but individuals are taking it into their own hands and selling their items themselves. On Facebook, people can put belongings up for sale and speak with interested buyers. One of those sellers is Chelsea Nuñez of Brattleboro, Vermont, who was selling some clothing on the Keene, Marlborough, Dublin, Peterborough, Harrisville Garage Sale Facebook page.

Despite Marie Kondo’s impact on some businesses and individuals in the area, other stores have not had the same result.

Rebecca’s Consignments in Peterborough has not had many customers struck with KonMari inspiration. Store owner George Sterling said that he doesn’t think the show has increased his amount of donations at all.

Just a couple of businesses down from Rebecca’s is Hidden Treasures. Hidden Treasures owner Arthur White said that the store also has not noticed a difference in their donations.

Although not everyone is feeling a spark of joy about downsizing their belongings, local thrift stores and resale shops are certainly appreciating the added business, and some individuals are happy to clear out their space.


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