50 Marie Kondo Quotes To Inspire Your Spring Clean

Are we still devoted to the good old spring clean? Although this old tradition is thought to be fading out, apparently 85% of Brits think the tradition could soon be a thing of the past, the need for a deep clean of your home after a long and stuffy winter is still very much there. Yes, habits have changed due to our evolving homes and lifestyles, however many of us still enjoy the opportunity which spring brings to let in fresh air, to clean our windows, freshen up the rooms of our home and welcome in some much needed spring cleaning tips.

Even if you have just the slightest interest in home organisation and tidiness, you’ve still probably heard of Marie Kondo. And what better time than the present to apply some of her cleaning techniques to your own spring cleaning. If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo then you’re welcome – as this selection of Marie Kondo quotes might just help shake up your attitude towards your home and everything in it. Well, in the words of Kondo “tidying is a special event – don’t do it every day.

Marie Kondo, also known as Konmari is a Japanese organising consultant and author. If you’ve already heard of her, it’s most likely through her bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or through her very own show on Netflix. She’s inspired us a lot here at JD Williams, so we’ve gone ahead and collated 50 of her most powerful quotes to get you inspired and motivated for your very own spring clean! Get set to use these spring cleaning quotes to get your house in order – now’s as good a time as any to really enjoy the space in which we live in.

What Is The Marie Kondo Method?

The Marie Kondo method is simple – every single item in your home should either have a purpose or spark joy. The term ‘spark joy’ is used quite loosely, as an item which one person might treasure might mean trash to someone else, so it’s really about cherishing the items which matter most to you and keeping your house in order and everything in it. The Marie Kondo method can be applied to your whole house from top to bottom, or just applied to a single drawer, just one room, or simply to just pay attention to your coffee table!

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Marie Kondo quotes

1) “As you put your house in order and decrease your possessions, you’ll see what your true values are, what is really important to you in your life.”

2) “Tidying dramatically changes one’s life. This is true for everyone, 100 per cent.”

3) “I have tried all kinds of storage products, but have never found any other that is free and still surpasses the shoebox.”

4) “Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy.”

5) "Your living space affects your body."

6) “Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.”

7) “Everything you own wants to be of use to you.”

8) “Be sure to completely finish the first task before starting the next.”

9) “Never discard anything without saying thank you and good-bye.”

11) “I have only two rules: store all items of the same type in the same place and don’t scatter storage space.”

12) “Keep all your clothes ready to be used year-round, regardless of the season.”

13) “The best way to store bags is in another bag.”

14) “Tidy in one shot, as quickly and completely as possible, and to start by discarding.”

15) “Once you have experience what it’s like to have a truly ordered house, you’ll feel your whole world brighten."

16) “Tidying orders and relaxes the mind.”

17) “Discard first, store later.”

18) “Being surrounded by things that bring joy makes you happy.”

19) “The amount of storage space you have in your room is just right.”

21) “Reducing the amount of stuff in our space also reduces the amount of dust, and we actually clean more often.”

22) “The existence of an item without a home multiplies the chances that your space will become cluttered again.”

23) “Putting your house in order is the magic that creates a vibrant and happy life.”

24) “Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever.”

25) “Sort by category, not location.”

26) “The goal should be to organize the contents so that you can see where every item is at a glance.”

27) “Being messy is not hereditary nor is it related to lack of time.”

28) “When it comes to storage, vertical is best.”

29) “Once you have experienced the powerful impact of a perfectly ordered space, you, too, will never return to clutter.”

31) “Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or drawer that you have forgotten its existence?”

32) “Only you can know what kind of environment makes you feel happy.”

33) “People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.”

34) “In addition to the physical value of things, there are three other factors that add value to our belongings: function, information, and emotional attachment.”

35) “I have yet to see a house that lacked sufficient storage. The real problem is that we have far more than we need or want.”

36) “The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, miscellany, and lastly, mementos/”

37) “Tidying is a special event. Don’t do it every day.”

38) “Cherish the things you love. Cherish yourself.”

39) “Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.”

41) “What is the point in tidying? If it’s not so that our space and the things in it can bring us happiness, then I think there is no point at all.”

42) “By neatly folding your clothes, you can solve almost every problem related to storage.”

43) “There are two reasons we can’t let go: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

44) “Repetitions and wasted effort can kill motivation, and therefore it must be avoided.”

45) “The best time to start is early morning. The fresh morning air keeps your mind clear and your power of discernment sharp.”

46) “The essence of effective storage is this: designate a spot for every last thing you own.”

47) “But it is human nature to resist throwing something away even when we know that we should.”

48) “Tidying your physical space allows you to tend to your psychological space.”

49) “The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now. Not for the person we were in the past.”

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Sources

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - Marie Kondo (Book)

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