Northeast Ohio residents have more junk to tidy up than the rest of the country

How the Netflix series is inspiring others to de-clutter their homes

Northeast Ohio residents have more junk to tidy up than the rest of the country
The show 'Tidy Up with Marie Kondo' premiered on Netflix on January 1, 2019.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - For the first month of the year, people around Northeast Ohio have been inspired to “tidy up.”

Netflix series sparks 'Tidying Up' revolution

The Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” is the source of a lot of that inspiration.

Kondo, who wrote “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” is a de-clutter and organizational expert, who champions the idea that items should “spark joy,” not just take up space.

That's a mantra Nancy Sheeler lives by.

She is the president of Transitional Design, which helps people de-clutter their homes and re-sell their items.

"If it's not something that you love, if it's not something you've used for a long time, it holds you back," she said.

Sheeler said many people in Ohio need help getting to that place.

“In the Midwest -- especially Indiana, Ohio, Michigan -- the average time people live in their house is 35-40 years,” she said. “That’s a long time, and the longer you live somewhere, the more you accumulate.”

She says she’s seen people accumulate many odd items, from camel saddles to $800,000 in Civil War coins.

“In addition, in the Midwest, we all have basements. We all have attics. We have sheds, we have barns. We have so many places that we can just accumulate,” she said.

You can find out more about Transitional Design by calling (440) 627-6390.

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