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KonMari method has Lowcountry 'Tidying Up' with Netflix, Marie Kondo

Tidying up with Marie Kondo show on Neflix sparks people in the Lowcountry to declutter. (WCIV)

People are in a frenzy to clean house and declutter.

The joy of tidying up has reached the Lowcountry. It’s all sparked by the new Netflix documentary called “Tidying up with Marie Kondo.”

It’s inspired people around the nation to declutter and organize, which means the time for thrift store shopping is now.

It’s been a record breaking January at Uptown Cheapskate Mount Pleasant. Lindsay Marzo, one of the clerks, said inventory is overflowing. She said it’s the Marie Kondo effect.

“It’s been a madhouse,” Marzo said. “We’re up 30 percent of people bringing items in, that’s about 200 people more versus last year.”

Jill Conlin lives in a large two-story home in Cane Bay.

It’s not easy keeping the house clean with a husband and three young boys. She watched the documentary on Sunday. Since then, she’s tackled her closet.

“I started with my clothes and I love how she said bring everything out, everything out of your drawers, everything out of your closet and pile it up,” said Conlin. “It makes you start sweating and your heart rate gets up because you’re like ‘Wow, why do I have all of this stuff’?”

She said she carefully followed Kondo’s test, which requires you to hold up each item, ask yourself if it sparks joy and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it.

“I got rid of all my soccer t-shirts, high school and college stuff,” she said. “So now I have my hockey mom shirts because right now that’s what brings me joy.”

The pieces her life are now neatly packed into trash bags destined for a new home. At times, Conlin said the process wasn’t easy, but it’s taught her how to let go.

“One of the things that was hard for me to get rid of was my gown from when I had the babies. It makes me cry just thinking about it, but I wore the same one in the hospital with all three of them,” she said. “But I looked at it and I was like ‘You know what, that totally brought me joy at the time, but it’s not doing anything sitting in my drawer now and that could bring another mother that same joy’.”

The next chapter of her journey is tackling a mountain of books. She said it will likely be several months until she completes the decluttering metamorphosis of the entire house, but she’s already feeling some of the magic.

“We just need to surround ourselves with stuff that brings joy and happiness in our home because in return, it’ll probably make me a better mom a better wife,” said Conlin.

Kondo shot to fame after the 2014 release of her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” which became a #1 New York Times Best Seller.

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