Foundling Archive cares for artefacts tossed aside by their original owners
If you’re a follower of Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo, you’ll know what she says about the letters, postcards, invitations and magazine clippings that tend to multiply inside the home of the sentimental collector. “My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw them all away,” Kondo wrote in her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever. “They will never inspire joy, no matter how carefully you keep them.” But if Kondo is the patron saint of decluttering, Melbourne’s Katrina Lolicato is a heretic. At the Foundling Archive in Brunswick East, where she is the program coordinator, she has helped collect 8,000 items: photographs, letters, home videos, old format film footage, and other personal documents dating back to the 1800s. They’re not her own, of course — they were tossed aside by their original owners. But the archive reluctantly cares for them, as part of a public mission to get people to fully appreciate the things they own and the stories they tell.