Like most Netflix watchers, you probably have a corner of your house dedicated to things that no longer bring you joy.
This is because our ever-inspiring Marie Kondo didn't tell us what to do with the things we no longer find joy in.
With more charities, non-profits and good causes than we can keep up with, figuring out what to do with our unwanted items can be a daunting task.
While some items, like clothing and small appliances, seem easier to manage, determining what to do with other miscellaneous findings can be more daunting. With these items, though, creativity goes a long way.
For example, animal shelters need newspapers and childcare centers are in constant need of art supplies. Many emergency responders appreciate having small, like new, stuffed animals on hand to comfort children they may encounter on a call.
Does your local library or church group need your unwanted books for an upcoming book sale? What about the little libraries that dot the county? Do any of the veteran's centers and organizations need anything?
A little creative thinking can go a long way in ensuring that every bit of your unwanted pile sparks joy somewhere else.
What about recycling?
There's no telling what will surface during your Kondo cleanup. While some of those items will clearly be trashed, a great number of them could be taken to Claremore's M.E.T. Recycling Center.
A quick glance at the recycling center's website and you find there's a number of items they will accept, including: Plastic Bottles, plastic Bags, Glass Bottles, Newspaper, Office Paper, Magazines, Phone Books, Corrugated Cardboard (no Paperboard), Aluminum Cans, Steel Cans, Motor Oil (5 gallon limit), Cooking Oil (5 gallon limit), Eyeglasses, Batteries (household & auto) and Electronic Waste.
Is any of it worth selling?
Truth be told, you may need a little extra pocket cash to pay for all of the baskets that Marie Kondo wants you to buy to organize the remaining precious items in your house. Perhaps selling a handful of your unwanted items, rather than donating them, could help offset that cost.
If you're hesitant to donate something brand new, or something on the pricey side, consider selling them on Facebook marketplace groups (of which there are an enormous number).
Beware of the garage sale trap, though. While making piles throughout your house of things you need to get rid of, the thought of having a garage sale has probably crossed your mind.
So you'll pile things in a "for the garage sale" pile.
And it that pile will go un-touched until you re-watch Tidying Up in a few months. Take advantage of the KonMari momentum and deal with the pile now.