The Marie Kondo Effect

What to do with the things that no longer spark joy

Early 2019 Netflix launched their new series ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ and it was met with high viewer ratings and a sudden global desire to declutter. Thousands of people have been sorting through their worldly possessions and asking themselves ‘Does this spark joy?’

There are so many fantastic reasons to declutter your life. Clutter is a major cause of stress for many people, so getting rid of things you don’t use can help reduce anxiety. Clutter is also a huge no-no when it comes to moving house. Not only do you have to take all that junk with you to the next place, but it also makes it very hard to create a presentable atmosphere to sell your house.

At Hutton & Hutton Real Estate, we put a huge emphasis on accentuating the best features of your house. Which means the gym equipment you haven’t used in 2 years blocking the natural light needs to go. While we offer services to help you declutter your life professionally, you’re still left with one question.

What am I supposed to do with all this junk?

1. Donate to your local charity

Charities around Australia are always looking for donations. You know what they say; one man’s trash, another man’s treasure. Op shops have become a particularly trendy place to shop in the last decade with people clueing onto the massive potential savings.

Although they’re a hot spot for cheap finds, op shops are still doing what they’ve always done for the community. They provide the less fortunate with quality second-hand items. Your last season sweater could keep someone warm this winter!

One example of a fantastic local charity is the RSPCA Op Shop in New Farm. Located on the corner of Merthyr Rd and Lamington Street, this little shop is packed full of hidden treasures.

They will take just about anything from old clothes to electronics, which they personally test to ensure quality and safety. They also take books, shoes, small pieces of furniture, and toys.

Items such as high-end fashion brands and vintage antiques are the items that help raise the most money for the animals.

Sharon, part-time manager of the RSPCA Op Shop New Farm, sorts through the pile of donations, also known as the second highest peak in Australia.

However, there are a few items that you CAN’T donate. These items include:

  • Stained, damaged, or discoloured clothing
  • Mattresses or pillows
  • Car seats, high chairs, cots, and baby capsules without the Australian Standard
  • Water bottles
  • Bike helmets
  • Any items that are broken or incomplete

Drop in and have a chat with the friendly volunteers if you have any further questions about donating.

There are always friendly volunteers happy to answer customer questions.

2. Deal with electronics properly

Everyone keeps old mobile phones for a while. We’re not sure why we do it, we have brand new phones that do everything the old one did and more. However, somewhere in every house, there’s a drawer. In that drawer, there are cables with no devices or uses, cases that don’t quite fit anything, and outdated cell phones.

It’s time to get rid of them. However, we can’t just chuck them in the bin. Most electronics have parts that, if disposed of incorrectly, have the potential to harm the environment. That’s why it’s important to find somewhere to safely discard your old items.

Entekcom is an e-waste recycling facility located in Gotha Street, Brisbane. They take in old electronics, disassemble them for parts that can be repurposed, and then they safely dispose of anything left over.

(Credit Skitterphoto on Pexels) Don’t throw old phones in the bin! Dispose of them safely.

3. Sell it

Your old junk has the potential to make you some money. Gone are the days of the humble garage sale. A lot of people are now turning to online marketplaces to advertise their second-hand items.

Facebook Marketplace is a popular option for a quick sale. It’s as simple as writing a quick description, posting a photograph, and clicking upload. You also have the option of posting your listing to a number of different groups and pages for maximum exposure.

A similar platform is trusty old eBay. For a small listing fee, you can upload your items for either a listed price or for an auction. Often eBay offers its users more peace of mind than sites like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace as there’s an option to return your items and to review the sellers should your item be faulty.

If you have a lot of good quality clothing you’re looking to flip, Depop is a platform you should investigate. It’s an excellent place to find a great deal on brand-name vintage clothes and its format is very user-friendly.

Before listing your items, make sure you’ve got high-quality photographs, eye-catching copy, and a fair listing price. Also, ensure you consider things like shipping and taxes depending on where you’re selling.

(Credit: Negative Space on Pexels) Try making some money from home by selling your old stuff

4. Repurposing

Everyone loves a bit of DIY. Instead of throwing out your old furniture, ask yourself if it could be repurposed. A bland chest of drawers could be spiced up with a fresh coat of paint and some new knobs. A worn-down coffee table has the potential to wow people with some easy renovations.

If you’re lacking inspiration on what you could be repurposing, Pinterest has some fantastic ideas on how to recreate furniture, cushions, gardens, jewellery, and more.

You can also head down to your local Bunnings for weekend DIY classes. There are classes available for kids and adults, so there really is something for everyone. There you can learn how to use various tools, create basic woodworks, and tips on how to make your projects the best they can be.

(Credit: Pixabay) Get crafty with a DIY project

5. Get in on Kerbside Collection

It comes around but once a year, and we’re not talking about Christmas. The Brisbane City Council’s Kerbside Collection is a fantastic time to ditch all your old stuff. It’s especially useful for getting rid of large furniture items that won’t fit in the back of your car.

Usually, residents will receive a flyer in the mail notifying when their suburb will be participating. However, you can often tell when it’s happening because the sidewalks are covered in second-hand items. For some it’s time for treasure hunting; you never know what great stuff your neighbours have been hoarding!

If you’re wondering when your suburb will be participating, you can head to the Brisbane City Council website, select your suburb, and begin planning how to best store your stuff until then.

(Credit: Marina Salles on Unsplash) Once a year the council will collect your second-hand things for you!

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