The KonMari Method™ & Spring Cleaning
We welcomed spring this year with warm weather and a super bloom that covered our California fields with stunning wildflowers. As we make our way through April, there are many important events that take place, Easter, Spring Cleaning and Earth Day.
People often ask, can Spring Cleaning replace the KonMari Method™? How are they different and how are they alike? The great news is, if you have completed your KonMari Method Tidying Festival, you can easily Spring Clean without first decluttering. The two are not meant to replace one another, but rather engaging in your Tidying Festival can help focus your Spring Cleaning and narrow your donation pile. This is one of my favorite benefits of having a #konmaristrong home, where we can focus on our Spring Cleaning for real!
As Spring Cleaning continues, you may notice the need to refresh some of your wardrobes and I would like to introduce you to the concept of Intentional Giving. When making decisions to discard some of your possessions, after thanking them for their service, it is helpful to have an intentional destination for these items. You can designate a number of donation stores or consignment shops. Here’s a list of my personal favorite stores in the SF Bay area you can donate your items to:
If you have a lot of professional clothing, find your local chapter for Dress for Success. This project serves women in need of interview clothes at a discounted price.
For formal wear, consider your local Princess Project organization that gives your fancy frocks another chance to go to the prom or high-end event.
If you want to support your local SPCA, they love donations of linens and towels for their furry friends.
Order your ThredUp bag and ship off your gently used clothing items or jewelry to this consignment store.
The RealReal is another upcycling consignment shop for luxury and brand name items.
When in doubt, Goodwill is a trusted donation drop-off located all over the nation. If your items include furniture, kitchenware, or other home goods, Goodwill might be a better resource.
Extra tiles from a remodel? More hammers than spark joy? A gently used dining set that just doesn’t fit your future lifestyle?
There are so many great organizations you can connect with, and I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Coming soon to my website will be a resources page with links to each of my favorite donation sites in the San Francisco/ Bay Area location.
As you continue your Spring Cleaning, take a moment to acknowledge Earth Day and make your earth-friendly contributions by supporting both recycling and upcycling of your items.