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KonMari - The Garage Sale



Tomorrow and Saturday is the culmination of this round of KonMari - THE GARAGE SALE.
In The Magical Art of Tidying, Marie Kondo never mentions a sale. She wants you to put it all in the trash, into donation, or gifted to someone who could truly want and need it.

In America, we have garage sales.

I donated all the clothing and most of the shoes. I could not see selling my stretched and worn items, even for a quarter. The rest of the stuff? I think it is good and could make someone happy while bringing in a few dollars.

Here is the deal: all items are on flash sale until Saturday at 3pm. What remains will be donated to the Vets. I do not donate to Goodwill as they are basically the country's largest garage sale and make money off of your donations. And that money goes into the CEO's pocket more than any other.

I will donate to the local Vets because they actually give the items to families who can use them, or resell in the local base-store. This makes sense to me.

I hope to see you at my house tomorrow or Saturday! (Chase Ave in Lyndhurst NJ)

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KonMari - Does this blog make me look preachy?

We have too much stuff.


Here is a general statement - we retain a lot of stuff we don't need. Our capitalistic culture wants us to keep buying more stuff. Our culture wants us to keep up with the Jones, to memorialize moments in sourviers, to buy storage solutions for our things, maybe hold grudges and emotional baggage of guilt associated with gifts and hand-me-downs. We keep to preserve but to also avoid loss.
Last night after reading a really hysterical piece of satire about the influx of the KonMari and minimalism into our culture, I started to feel bad that I was step-by-step processing my belongings in this method and it was a bit...gross.
I had that same reservation when I took my first photo for this segment of the blog - my entire wardrobe on my bed.
Can you imagine I looked at this, at one time thankful for the bounty that allowed me all these clothes, but also horrified at my own horde. "Oh, poor me. I have too much stuff and I can't manage it all like a normal…