75 Inspirational Marie Kondo Quotes That Will Bring You Joy

75 Inspirational Marie Kondo Quotes That Will Bring You Joy

Marie Kondo, also known as Konmari, is a Japanese organizing consultant, author, and TV show host.

She is the star of Netflix's hit show, "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo," and founder of KonMari Media, a lifestyle brand inspiring the world to "choose joy."

Marie Kondo has written 4 books on organizing, which have collectively sold millions of copies worldwide.

We've put together an incredible collection of Marie Kondo quotes to read.

Here they are:

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List of Inspiring Marie Kondo Quotes

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: ‘Does this spark joy?’ If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.” — Marie Kondo


“Imagine what it would be like to have a bookshelf filled only with books that you really love. Isn’t that image spellbinding? For someone who loves books, what greater happiness could there be?” — Marie Kondo


“No matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important.” — Marie Kondo


“People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“The true purpose of a present is to be received.” — Marie Kondo


“For books, timing is everything. The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it. To avoid missing that moment, I recommend that you keep your collection small.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure. To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.” — Marie Kondo


“Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“People with large book collections are almost always diligent learners.” — Marie Kondo


“There’s no need to finish reading books that you only got halfway through. Their purpose was to be read halfway.” — Marie Kondo


“If sweatpants are your everyday attire, you’ll end up looking like you belong in them, which is not very attractive. What you wear in the house does impact your self-image.” — Marie Kondo


“It is the same with people. Not every person you meet in life will become a close friend or lover. Some you will find hard to get along with or impossible to like. But these people, too, teach you the precious lesson of who you do like, so that you will appreciate those.” — Marie Kondo


“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” — Marie Kondo


“Imagine what it would be like to have a bookshelf filled only with books that you really love. Isn’t that image spellbinding? For someone who loves books, what greater happiness could there be?” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“Storage experts are hoarders.”— Marie Kondo


“Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever.” — Marie Kondo


“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” — Marie Kondo


“No matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important.” — Marie Kondo


“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or drawer that you have forgotten its existence? If things had feelings, they would certainly not be happy. Free them from the prison to which you have relegated them. Help them leave that deserted isle to which you have exiled them. Let them go, with gratitude. Not only you, but your things as well, will feel clear and refreshed when you are done tidying.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“When we disperse storage of a particular item throughout the house and tidy one place at a time, we can never grasp the overall volume and therefore can never finish. To escape this negative spiral, tidy by category, not by place.” — Marie Kondo


“By starting with the easy things first and leaving the hardest for last, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, so that by the end, it seems simple.” — Marie Kondo


“What was it that motivated you to tidy in the first place? What do you hope to gain through tidying? Before you start getting rid of things, take the time to think this through carefully. This means visualizing the ideal lifestyle you dream of.” — Marie Kondo


“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.” — Marie Kondo


“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?” — Marie Kondo


“When your room is clean and uncluttered, you have no choice but to examine your inner state.” — Marie Kondo


“Your real life begins after putting your house in order.” — Marie Kondo


“As for you, pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life.” — Marie Kondo


“My filing method is extremely simple. I divide them into two categories: papers to be saved and papers that need to be dealt with. Although my policy is to get rid of all papers, these are the only categories I make for those that can’t be discarded.” — Marie Kondo


“Letting go is even more important than adding.” — Marie Kondo


“When you attend a seminar, do so with the resolve to part with every handout distributed. If you regret recycling it, take the same seminar again, and this time apply the learning. It’s paradoxical, but I believe that precisely because we hang on to such materials, we fail to put what we learn into practice.”— Marie Kondo


“I’m sure most of us have been scolded for not tidying up our rooms, but how many of our parents consciously taught us how to tidy as part of our upbringing?” — Marie Kondo


“Never, ever tie up your stockings. Never, ever ball up your socks. I pointed to the balled-up socks. “Look at them carefully. This should be a time for them to rest. Do you really think they can get any rest like that?” That’s right. The socks and stockings stored in your drawer are essentially on holiday. They take a brutal beating in their daily work, trapped between your foot and your shoe, enduring pressure and friction to protect your precious feet. The time they spend in your drawer is their only chance to rest.” — Marie Kondo


“The lives of those who tidy thoroughly and completely, in a single shot, are without exception dramatically altered.” — Marie Kondo


“After all, our possessions very accurately relate the history of the decisions we have made in life.” — Marie Kondo


“Putting your house in order is the magic that creates a vibrant and happy life.” — Marie Kondo


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


“It is not memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure.” — Marie Kondo


“Repetition and wasted effort can kill motivation, and therefore it must be avoided.” — Marie Kondo


“We amass material things for the same reason that we eat—to satisfy a craving. Buying on impulse and eating and drinking to excess are attempts to alleviate stress.” — Marie Kondo


“Ah! This is just the amount I need to live comfortably. This is all I need to be happy. I don’t need anything more.” — Marie Kondo


“The key is to store things standing up rather than laid flat. Some people mimic store displays, folding each piece of clothing into a large square and then arranging them one on top of the other in layers. This is great for temporary sales displays in stores, but not what we should be aiming for at home, where our relationship with these clothes is long term.” — Marie Kondo


“A person’s awareness and perspective on his or her own lifestyle are far more important than any skill at sorting, storing, or whatever.”— Marie Kondo


“If you live with your family, first clearly define separate storage spaces for each family member.” — Marie Kondo


“Start with clothes, then move on to books, papers, komono (miscellany), and finally things with sentimental value.” — Marie Kondo


“The process of deciding what to keep and what to discard will go much more smoothly if you begin with items that are easier to make decisions about. As you gradually work toward the harder categories, you will be honing your decision-making skills. Clothes are the easiest because their rarity value is extremely low.”— Marie Kondo


“We may think that we have stored things to suit our behavior, but usually we have unconsciously adjusted our actions to match where things are stored.” — Marie Kondo


“If you are aiming for an uncluttered room, it is much more important to arrange your storage so that you can tell at a glance where everything is than to worry about the details of who does what, where, and when.” — Marie Kondo


“Sorting papers rule of thumb: Discard everything once.” — Marie Kondo


“There are three approaches we can take toward our possessions: face them now, face them sometime, or avoid them until the day we die.” — Marie Kondo


“There is no need to buy dividers or any other gadget. You can solve your storage problems with things you already have in the house. The most common item I use is an empty shoebox.” — Marie Kondo


“Boxes are surprisingly bulky. Discard or recycle the box your cell phone comes in as soon as you unpack it. You don’t need the manual or the CD that comes with it either. You’ll figure out the applications you need through using it.” — Marie Kondo


“Only by discarding it will you be able to test how passionate you are about that subject.” — Marie Kondo


“Warranties are only used once a year if at all. What point is there in carefully sorting and separating them when the odds that they will be needed are so low?” — Marie Kondo


“Don’t you think it is unnatural for us to possess things that don’t bring us joy or things that we don’t really need?” — Marie Kondo


“Treat your socks and stockings with respect.” — Marie Kondo


“By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order.” — Marie Kondo


“The urge to point out someone else’s failure to tidy is usually a sign that you are neglecting to take care of your own space.” — Marie Kondo


“Have you ever had the experience where you thought what you were doing was a good thing but later learned that it had hurt someone? At the time, you were totally unconcerned, oblivious to the other person’s feelings. This is somewhat similar to the way many of us treat our socks.” — Marie Kondo


“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To throw away what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful.” — Marie Kondo


“Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.” — Marie Kondo


“I recommend storing vertically anything that can be stood up.” — Marie Kondo


“It’s a very strange phenomenon, but when we reduce what we own and essentially ‘detox’ our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well.” — Marie Kondo


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


“If you can say without a doubt, ‘I really like this!’ no matter what anyone else says, and if you like yourself for having it, then ignore what other people think.” — Marie Kondo

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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