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"Tidying Up" trend helps local charity

Posted February 5, 2019 8:09 a.m. EST

More people are on a mission to clear out their household clutter thanks to a popular Netflix series.

Things can have a way of piling up in our homes.

“At the end of the day, that's what it is: It's just things,” said Megan Clark, a fan of the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

Clark, of Apex, credits the show for decluttering and reorganizing homes.

“Everything has its place,” Clark said. “You have your shirts and your dresses and your jackets and your hats."

Kondo's test for what to keep and what to give away is simple, Clark said.

“Hold each item and see if it sparks joy, and if it doesn't, let it go,” she said.

“You can find a charity that's really dear to you like,” she added.

Becky Young visited the town of Mabopane in South Africa 21 years ago on a church mission trip.

She saw countless children living in run-down shelters -or alone on the streets.

“They were trying to fend for themselves,” she said.

With no shoes and no money, they couldn't easily go to school.

Young began selling items out of her home to help them.

The concept grew into a large, non-profit yard sale ministry off NC Highway 64 near Apex, Mabopane Foundation.

Last month, Young noticed a surge in donations.

“I think what's amazing about it is that they are coming in so neat,” she said, which is a hallmark of Kondo’s teaching.

“It's about every place having a home for something,” Clark said.

Thanks to a yard sale on the other side of the world, made possible by generous givers and thoughtful buyers, children in Mabopane's Ya Bana Village have a home, too.