Feb 27, 2019
The Marie Kondo craze has swept the nation
with her new show on Netflix, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. A good purge can
be cathartic, but what will become of your things that don't
"spark joy?" Give your clean-up a purpose, and consider how
you'll develop new habits amidst your clutter-free lifestyle.
Things You Don't Want To Miss:
Who Is Marie Kondo?
- 00:00 - Okay, most of you are familiar with Marie Kondo.
Perhaps you've even tried tidying up, but in case you've missed the
craze, Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizational consultant. She's
got her own show on Netflix, and she helps people to declutter
their homes while sparking joy in their lives along the way. She
wrote a New York Times Best Seller, and
she's even appeared on Ellen.
A Few Statistics On Your Clothes.
- 2:23 - According to the EPA,
Greenpeace, The New York Times, and a few
other resources, more than 15 million tons of used textile waste is
generated each year in the United States. In other words, we throw
away a lot of clothes in this country. However, only 2.62 million
tons were recycled, and 3.14 million tons were combusted for energy
recovery. The rest was shipped off to the landfill. An even crazier
statistic, the average American throws away approximately 80 pounds
of used clothes each year. Synthetic clothing takes multiple
lifetimes to decompose, but you could reduce your carbon footprint
by recycling your clothes.
We Need To Steward Our
- 4:55 - Look, I'm not your average
John Lennon hippie of the tree hugging
variety, but I believe it's important to take care of our planet.
As a Christian, I believe we need to cherish the things God has
given us. He's directed us to steward our time, our wealth, and our
When Your Clothes Don't Spark
- 6:04 - The KonMari method would have us dispose of any clothes
that don't spark joy in our lives, but this generates a problem. Of
course it's a good idea to tidy up your home, but you need to
consider where you're tossing your undesirables. Statistics show
ninety percent of the time, you're tossing your clothes in the
trash or shipping them off to Goodwill. After that, it's "out of
sight, out of mind," and all the while, thrift shops and landfills
are beginning to overflow. Instead of haphazardly dumping our old
Beanie Babies and grandma's scratchy old sweater, we should
carefully consider how we choose to retire those items.
What Should We Do With Our Stuff?
- 7:28 - We've broken your stuff down into a few categories.
Let's start with your clothes. I'm of the opinion when you toss
your old clothes, you shouldn't immediately head out to the thrift
shop. If an item is still in decent condition, sell it, or consign
it first. Use services like thredUP, Poshmark, Relovv, And We
Evolve, Schoola, and SilkRoll. You could also check out
local buy-sell pages on websites like Facebook. People who buy your
clothes will value them more, and they will give your clothing a
longer lifespan. In other words, selling your clothes helps them to
avoid rotting in a dump somewhere.
Your Donations Are Being Dumped.
- 10:05 - In 2017, I went on my third trip to Kenya, and I got to
visit the Dandora Dump. It's the largest landfill
in East Africa, and it's basically a sea of waste. In that waste
site, there were hundreds if not thousands of people scavenging.
It's a well-known fact the majority of the clothing we "donate"
gets shipped off to developing countries, and these countries get
overwhelmed. There's nothing wrong with donating your clothes, but
it's far more effective to try to sell them first.
Donate With A Purpose.
- 12:02 - If you can't sell your clothes, donate them to a
specific organization that can use your clothes. These
organizations can make sure your items don't go to waste.
What To Do When You Can't Sell Or
- 14:24 - If you have items you can't sell or donate, recycle
them. Almost one hundred percent of textiles can be recycled. Turn
your old t-shirts into quilts, dish rags, car-washing rags,
napkins, and other useful items. Take your textiles to the textile
recycling center. Yes, those exist. Here in Durham, you can drop
your old clothes off at drop centers around town.
What To Do With Old Furniture And Home
- 15:51- Of course, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are great
options for your old furniture. However, Habitat For Humanity is a
great, overlooked resource. In several cities, they even have a
store where they will resell
your items. There's also an online shop called Chairish where you can buy and sell used pieces.
Even if your furniture no longer sparks joy for you, it could spark
joy for someone else.
Paper Is Recyclable.
- 17:53 - Obviously, any type of old paper is recyclable. Don't
throw it in the trash. Recycle it. Donate your old books to local
schools and libraries, and if you have memorabilia, you might be
able to donate it to a local museum. There's even an option for
your random stuff. In Durham, we have a shop called The
Scrap Exchange. They'll put your old knick knacks to good
Change Your Habits.
- 20:35 - Once you've finally disposed of your old stuff, change
your buying habits. Don't just purge for the sake of purging.
Otherwise, you'll accumulate more stuff. When you consider buying
something, ask yourself whether it's really worth the purchase.
This might sound like a simple thought process, but it's an
important one. Don't leave Target wondering where your $100 went.
Rid yourself of impulse purchases, and steward your resources. Be
intentional about your purchases, and you will begin to spark joy
in your life.
A Memorable Moment:
"As a Christian, I feel a very strong calling to be a good
steward of the thing God has given us, and if God has given us this
planet to take care of, then we need to be good stewards of those
resources." - Molly Stillman
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