What to do with items after you tidy up with Marie Kondo

Alyssa Bunde
Staff Writer

Marie Kondo has sparked an organization revolution thanks to Netflix’s latest documentary hit, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”.  

Through a series of five steps Kondo teaches individuals to declutter their spaces. However, as individuals clear their home of items that no longer “spark joy”, it is vital to remember that these objects may help someone else. There is a plethora of options for items besides the trash can. 

Homeless shelters are always looking for donations to assist the people who stay with them. Mankato is home to various shelters that have lists on their websites of items they need that you may have excess of. Nonperishable food, blankets, pots, pans and cooking glassware are a few examples of the objects needed.

Mankato has a lengthy list of thrift stores that have free donation drop offs. They accept a variety of items like clothing, working electronics, decorations and many more. They will re-sell your objects at a highly discounted price for those who can’t afford full prices. 

Pet shelters do not always appear first on people’s minds when thinking of places to donate to. Shelters do their best to make homeless pets comfortable, but they can’t always accommodate every animal as much as they’d like to. Therefore, donations of things like pet beds, towels and toys are welcome so our furry friends can thrive. In addition, Mankato’s pet shelters have lists available on their websites describing specifics they are requiring. 

Moreover, Facebook’s marketplace is a great tool to earn cash from your unwanted items. One quick search for selling groups will generate an abundance of results. They’re simple to use and can get you a few quick bucks. 

Most importantly, there may be objects during the decluttering process that are not donatable, sellable and salvageable. These items may be best for the trash. 

However, before tossing them first check if they are being tossed in the right can. things like shampoo bottles, Tupperware, hangers, bottles, jugs and jars are all examples of things that can all be recycled. 

Decluttering your home can be a liberating process. However, after you thank your objects for what they’ve done for you, remember that their journey may not be finished. They can still assist others long after your done with them. 

Feature photo courtesy of Flickr.

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