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Chrissie Swan's decluttering regret thanks to Marie Kondo

Chrissie Swan's decluttering regret thanks to Marie Kondo

Chrissie Swan has gotten caught up in the decluttering craze of Marie Kondo – but has revealed she now has serious regrets. 

For those of you who don’t know what this method is, it’s a style of cleaning that is based around keeping items in your house that ‘spark joy’ for you and doing a major declutter of any unnecessary household items.

Swan explained on Fitzy & Wippa's Nova radio segment that she’s one of the many that has been caught by the decluttering bug.

"I bought the book and then didn’t open it and it became more clutter. But if I can sit and do something I will, so I watched the show [Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix]."

"She is so neat and joyful. It’s the most beautiful show ... But she is causing all sorts of problems because you watch one episode and you cannot wait to do it in your own house," Chrissie exclaimed. 

The show is broken down into sections of your house, such as ‘Kitchen’ and ‘Clothing’.

Swan explained to Fitzy and Wippa: "I’m not a hoarder but I do have too much stuff and I’ve accumulated it over many, many years. Some of it has a purpose but most of it is utterly pointless – and then you have kids and they bring all their own, utterly pointless things with them."

"The problem we’re finding is, well, there’s two problems: One, what do you do with it all once you’ve collected it all? It cost me a fortune to get a rubbish removal company, $200 my Kondo cost me for someone to come and pick up all my crap," Chrissie explained.

"Secondly, there’s deep Kondo regret."

This is where Swan dives into the story of her friend who has implemented the Kondo cleaning method into her own life.

“My friend had a garage sale and sold heaps and heaps of stuff and she had this pair of shorts that no longer sparked joy – or so she thought. She held them and she asked them and she thanked them, then she put them into the garage sale.

“A woman bought them for $5 and then those naughty shorts, as they were being walked out of the driveway, they started to spark joy. And so my friend chased the new owners of the shorts down the driveway and said, ‘Oh my god! I'm so sorry I've made a mistake. They’re sparking joy, I'll give you your money back.’ And the woman said, ‘Well no, they’re mine, they’re sparking joy for me now, they’re my shorts.’

“My friend said, ‘I'll give you your 5 bucks back’ and she goes ‘Pay me 10 and they’re yours’ – so my friend paid $10 for her OWN shorts.”

Have you implemented the Marie Kondo decluttering method into your household? Have you experienced Kondo regret? Let us know in the comments.