New Netflix series ‘Tidying Up’ may be causing increase in Goodwill donations

Updated: Jan. 24, 2019 at 5:05 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Christmas is often referred to as the season of giving, but for those at Goodwill, it’s the months after the holidays that donations increase.

"To make room for their new stuff, they have got to get rid of some of their old stuff," Goodwill CEO and President of the SWLA region Randy Jones said.

Jones says after the holidays, people start donating tremendously, all from people looking to clean up their lives.

“New Year, New Me,” Miranda Weaver said. “Trying to get out with the old, in with the new.”

"Going through things that we don’t need to make the move," Garrett Phelps said.

Since Jan. 1, the donation center has seen 50 to 100 donations made per day, each donation different from the last.

“Old winter clothes that don’t fit anymore, household items, just knick-knacks,” Weaver said.

“A few small toys, stuff like that, that the kids have outgrown," Phelps said.

The Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is based on the book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' and is sparking a lot of people to start the de-cluttering.

“I think anytime a person has the opportunity to get their life together on even the smallest level, that’s definitely a good move,” Phelps said.

Jones says he is grateful when people donate because everything goes back into the community. It helps with job training, and funding for the donation centers.

While it's hard to say if the show is actually making people donate, but either way, donations are welcomed.

“A lot of the stuff that I donate, I’ve never used before or never worn,” Weaver said.

"If not for the reason of tidying up, then maybe someone else that needs something more than them can benefit from the donations," Phelps said.

In the show Kondo cleaning brings people joy, and those donating say it’s true.

“It makes you feel like a totally different person when you’re not cluttered,” Weaver said.

“It feels amazing. Get your life together. Get it together,” Phelps said.

If you’d like to donate to Goodwill, the donation center is on Country Club Road. It’s open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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