Ep 29 | Tidy vs. Clean

March 20th, 2018 · 28 mins 59 secs

About this Episode

Karin and Kristyn explore the relationship between tidying and cleaning - two activities that help you restore your home to a place of honor and joy.

In this episode, we usher in spring by discussing the rituals of cleaning and tidying. We also explore the similarities and differences between these two common domestic activities and how they complement each other and your KonMari lifestyle.

Now, we want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast.

In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • Joy checks! Karin just purchased a new Chemex and Kristyn finished moving #studiotidy (For the Love of Tidy headquarters) to the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago

  • The difference between cleaning and tidying

  • How tidying makes many aspects of cleaning that are often deemed challenging, much easier

  • How decluttering exposes areas of your home in need of attention

  • Tips from Marie Kondo's Guide to Spring Cleaning

  • How the act of spring cleaning can trap you indoors during the warmest season

  • The importance of tidying before you clean

  • How to bring your clothing out of hibernation

  • Kristyn's favorite Foldable Storage Bag

  • How to conduct a spring time version of the KonMari home greeting

  • Three unconventional tips for moving your tidying and cleaning forward

  • How the Mel Robbins' 5 Second Rule can help push you beyond procrastination and into action

  • Our big announcement: 100,000 downloads!


"Tidying addresses objects, while cleaning addresses dirt."

"By tidying you're confronting yourself. By cleaning, you're confronting nature."

"It's easier to clean your home when it's already tidy."

"[Decluttering] lifts the spirit of the home by waking up dormant items that haven't received attention."

"I appreciate things better because I can see them year-round."

"Spring is the perfect time to plan or begin your KonMari tidying event."

"Action breeds motivation."

"Clutter is finite."

You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy