The 'Marie Kondo effect' gives charity shops a bumper haul

Louise McDowell


Louise McDowell

The ‘Marie Kondo’ decluttering craze has been sweeping out cupboards and wardrobes across the country. 

For those not be familiar with the name Marie Kondo (pictured) she is a Japanese decluttering guru who, through her Netflix show, has been teaching people with tendencies to hoard or not keep on top of their tidying, to get their homes in order by throwing out old and unwanted items to create a calmer home environment.

However instead of throwing those items away, the Southern Area Hospice shop in Rathfriland is taking the opportunity to appeal for some new stock and admits they have noticed an influx in donations in January.

They are always on the lookout for “good quality items to sell in their shops” and would urge those using her 'KonMari' method to think of them.

“When you put your house in order, you put your affairs, and your past in order, too,” Kondo explains in her 2014 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying.

“As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need and what you don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.”

A hospice spokesperson said they are “always grateful to receive good quality donations which helps to raise vital funds for local hospice services”.

“While January is often the most popular time to spruce up our homes after the festive season and give donations to the local hospice shops, the store is also seeing a further influx in donations thanks to Marie Kondo’s tips and tricks on decluttering your home, making it the ideal time to grab a bargain while supporting a local charity.”

Another new initiative they are doing this year is the “40 day challenge”.

“Instead of giving something up for Lent, this year the Hospice is encouraging people to take part in our 40 Day Challenge, to donate 40 items in 40 days.

“Each day in Lent simply choose one item from your home that you no longer wear or use and place it into a bag, then at the end of the 40 days donate these unwanted items to a Hospice shop of your choice, to turn your second-hand goods into first-class care.

“The hospice shops sell everything from clothing, children’s toys, books and DVDs to bric-a-brac and more.

“Our three Hospice shops are located in Rathfriland, Banbridge and Newry and are open from Monday to Saturday,” said a spokesperson for the Hospice.

The hospice shops are also looking for new volunteers so if anyone is interested they can contact them.

“We rely heavily on the help of volunteers in all three Hospice shops and we always welcome new support. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact our volunteer co-ordinators on 028 3026 7711.

“To keep up-to-date with new arrivals, news and events, follow us on Facebook (@SAHS Shops) and Instagram (@southernareahospiceshops),” they said.

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