Minimalism and the Marie Kondo effect
by Martyn Lowder
What's Going On Here?
Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ is the latest series in a growing trend looking at tackling our compulsive obsession with stuff. But with minimalism involving lots of ‘throwing away’ and ‘letting go’, we want to check out what this means for our planet.
What is Minimalism?
Japanese icon Marie Kondo and the American self titled The Minimalists, Joshua and Ryan are just a few of latest trend setters that are bringing this new way of thinking to the masses. Minimalism (or the "KonMari" method) is about cutting back on the number of things you own and living more with less.
By removing unnecessary clutter from your life you can make space and appreciate the items that ‘spark joy’ or serve a purpose. Yes, you might have to get rid of some things at the beginning but this new outlook will keep you from buying unwanted crap in the future.
Consumerism and Climate Change
It is no secret that consumerism has contributed a lot to climate change. For us to stop global warming we need to drastically change our lifestyles.
In addition to the strain on resources, there is a heap of research out there that tells us buying stuff doesn't make us happy. In fact, more and more studies are linking materialism with depression.
Research from the BBC shows that charities including Age UK, Barnado's and the British Heart Foundation have reported an increase in donations since the show's launch.
"We normally see an increase in donations in January, but this year it's been incredible," says Oya Altinbas, who manages Sue Ryder's Camden branch.
Do you ever buy a pack of batteries knowing full well that there are some in the house but you can't find them because of all that clutter? Do you ever find yourself buying a new pack of Tupperware because you are fed up with the ‘who’s lid does this belong to’ game? Sound like you? If so, then we have some top tips to help you when sorting out your stuff:
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