Forklift in the News: The cost of careless decluttering

Last month we wrote a piece detailing the magical decluttering method made famous in Netflix’s new hit series “Tidying up with Marie Kondo,” and while it’s hard to argue with a trend that encourages folks to live more mindfully, the Kondo craze now has some experts wondering what treasures might be camouflaged as “junk.”

Community Forklift’s own vintage expert, Melissa Cooperson, was recently interviewed for a piece discussing what we might actually be tossing when we indiscriminately remove everything that doesn’t spark joy. You can read the article on Bankrate. If you want to declutter using Marie Kondo’s method, their advice will help you tidy up without regret!

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