Tidying Up

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COLUMBIA - The popularity of the Marie Kondo's Netflix series, "Tidying Up," is sparking joy inside the homes and outside in the community. 

The KonMari method encourages people to only keep items that, "spark joy."

There is only one certified KonMari consultant in the state of Missouri and increase in business for her means an increase in donations for non-profits. 

The Netflix show

Marie Kondo, the star of the show, was 19-years-old when she started her tidying consultant business. 

She published, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," in October 2014 and it is now a #1 New York Time best-selling book. 

The Netflix series, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" aired on January 1, 2019. 

The series takes the audience through the KonMari method and shows Kondo going into people's homes and helping them organize their life. 

Various episodes have aired showing how to tidy up in different scenarios like getting ready for a baby, downsizing and what to get rid of after a loss of a loved one.

Only eight episodes in and it has already created a cleanup craze across the country through its unique method. 

The KonMari method 

Lisa Dickmann became a KonMari consultant in October 2017 after intensive training. 

"We all had to read the books and get to know the books before we did the training. We had to use the method in our home and print some pictures. Then, we did the training course," she said. 

Dickmann is the only certified consultant in the state of Missouri, but she is part of a large group of over 200 KonMari consultants worldwide. 

Dickmann said the method begins with the consultant and the client kneeling on the ground. 

"Everything is focused on bringing joy into your life and in order to do that we begin with a home greeting and we just explain the tidying process to the home," she said. 

Dickmann said the method behind the madness is to tidy by category not location.

"So we start with clothing, then books, papers, Komono, which is miscellaneous items, and we finish tidying with sentimental," she said. 

Dickmann said the method is surrounded with joy and realizing the most important things in ones life. 

"We take each item in your hands and ask if it sparks joy. If it sparks joy, then you keep it. If it does not spark joy, then you let it go with gratitude," she said.  

Dickmann said finding what sparks joy and what doesn't can be a challenge. 

"The items that don't spark joy literally weigh you down," she said. 

Dickmann said the best part of her job is the "life changing moments" 

"I love to see the look on their faces. The look on a client's face when you're leaving and they have had so much weight lifted from them," she said. 

The community impact 

More people hopping on the KonMari trend means more donations flooding into Goodwill stores worldwide.

Mark Kahrs, MERS Goodwill Vice President of Retail Operations, said the 42 stores across Missouri have seen an increase.

"Well, what we know is that our donations are up about 30%, so far this year over last year," he said. 

Kahrs said it is rare to see an influx in donations during this time of year, especially with how bad the weather has been.

"The winter season is usually kind of our down," he said. 

Kahrs said in February alone, the Columbia Goodwill has seen a 21% increase in donations. 

"There's no concrete evidence that the Netflix is the driver of that but it's definitely got to be one of the reasons," he said. 

Dickmann describes the KonMari method as, "life changing magic."

"What we are looking to do is let go of anything that's weighing you down and bring in everything that makes you happy so we are doing life transformation," she said.