What’s your favourite quote? From introspective sayings to motivational one-liners, everyone has a favourite quote or two. Your favourite quotes might encourage you to work harder and take action, but do they make your home more organised?
From influential historical figures to everyday people, we’ve put together a list of our favourite cleaning and tidying quotes to inspire you to keep your home clean, neat and tidy this winter.
“Clutter in your physical surroundings will clutter your mind and spirit”
Have you ever felt mentally cluttered? It could be because your environment is also cluttered and disorganised. Research shows that spending time in a clean living and work environment clears your mind and helps you be more focused.
‘‘Minimalism is living with what you need, what you love, and that’s it.”
Minimalism doesn’t mean throwing everything away and living without any of your favourite possessions – it often just means downsizing to what you need. Discard the things you don’t need and you’ll often become a much happier, motivated person.
“Clutter is not just the stuff on the floor, but anything that stands between you and the life you wish to be living.”
Clutter isn’t always physical – it’s often mental clutter. Things like stress from work or jealousy over someone else getting ahead in a certain area of life can clutter our minds and prevent us from living the lives we want.
“Tis better to donate than to accumulate.”
Being charitable does a huge amount to help the community, particularly people in need. It also makes you feel good – after all, there’s no feeling as great as knowing that you’ve helped someone get ahead in life.
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Everything significant in life has been made one step at a time. When you take small steps towards your goal – whether it’s a clean and tidy home or a great career – you will eventually get there, given enough time and patience.
“Organisation isn’t about perfection, it’s about efficiency, reducing stress, clutter and saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”
Many messy people make the argument that cleaning is pointless, since nothing will ever be clean for long. They’re right and wrong at the same time; nothing will ever be perfect, but it can always be better, smarter or more effective.
“Never organise what you can discard.”
Organising only works to a certain extent – if you’re organising something you never use, you’re hardly becoming more efficient. Sometimes it’s better to let go and throw an unused item or personal limitation away rather than organising it.
“Creativity is a gift, it doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.”
A lot of people struggle to be creative because their minds are dominated by work-related stresses and thoughts. Clearing your home can have a therapeutic effect on your mind and reignite your creative drive.
“The only way to discover our true potential is to clear out the clutter and focus on what matters.”
Sometimes decluttering can be an important step on the path to discovering more about yourself. Clean out and organise your home this year – Our plastic storage boxes are great for professional decluttering – and you’ll feel more inspired during 2015.