If you’ve ever logged into Netflix, or anywhere on the internet, odds are pretty high that you’ve heard of Marie Kondo.
But if you haven’t here’s the lowdown:
Marie Kondo is an organizing consultant, author and TV show host from Tokyo, Japan.
Ss known for teaching and training people to become more organized in their homes and lives using her KonMari Method, which gained fame during the 2019 premiere of her Netflix show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”
Can Cleaning Help My Mental Health?
You know that feeling you get after a long day cleaning your home?
Well believe it or not, that feeling can have real effects on your mental health.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the physical activity of cleaning coupled with the end result of a cleaner space can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.
For Marie Kondo, clearing your mind starts with clearing your clutter.
This means going through your belongings, sorting, organizing, and tossing.
While we may not all have time to watch the show, or read the books, there is still a lot of knowledge to be learned from the words of Kondo.
That’s why we’ve created this list of her quotes to get you inspired to start your own journey towards a less cluttered home, and life.
Our Favorite Marie Kondo Quotes
“Can you place your hand on your heart and swear that you are happy when surrounded by so much stuff that you don’t even remember what’s there?”
“The ultimate secret of success is this: If you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set.”
“The act of folding is far more than making clothes compact for storage. It is an act of caring, an expression of love and appreciation for the way these clothes support your lifestyle. Therefore, when we fold, we should put our heart into it, thanking our clothes for protecting our bodies.”
“But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”
“All you need to do is take the time to sit down and examine each item you own, decide whether you want to keep or discard it, and then choose where to put what you keep.”
“Caring for your possessions is the best way to motivate them to support you, their owner. When you treat your belongings well, they will always respond in kind… I take time to ask myself occasionally whether the storage space I’ve set aside for them will make them happy. Storage, after all, is the sacred act of choosing a home for my belongings.”
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
“The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life.”
“Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.”
“I recommend you dispose of anything that does not fall into one of three categories: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely.”