104+ Best Marie Kondo Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Marie Kondo, also known as Konmari, is a Japanese organising consultant and author. Profoundly inspirational Marie Kondo quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Marie Kondo Quotes

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

Tidying orders and relaxes the mind. – Marie Kondo

The moment you first encounter a book is the right time to read it. – Marie Kondo

Anxiety arises from not being able to see the whole picture. If you feel anxious, but are not sure why, try putting your things in order. – Marie Kondo

There are two reasons we can’t let go: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future. – Marie Kondo

Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever. – 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

Never discard anything without saying thank you and good-bye. – 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

Tidying is the act of confronting yourself. – Marie Kondo

I begin my course with these words: Tidying is a special event. Don’t do it every day. – Marie Kondo

People with large book collections are almost always diligent learners. – 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 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

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

Treat your socks and stockings with respect. – 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

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

Things stored out of sight are dormant. This makes it much harder to decide whether they inspire joy or not. – Marie Kondo

Being messy is not hereditary nor is it related to lack of time. – 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

Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder. – Marie Kondo

The true purpose of a present is to be received. – Marie Kondo

If you want the book so badly after getting rid of it that you’re willing to buy another copy, then buy one—and this time read and study it. – 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

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

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

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

Letting go is even more important than adding. – Marie Kondo

Unlike work, studies, or sports, there is no need to compare your performance to that of anyone else. – 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

Tidying your physical space allows you to tend to your psychological space. – 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

Repetition and wasted effort can kill motivation, and therefore it must be avoided. – 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

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

We can only transform our lives if we sincerely want to. Small changes transform our lives. – 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

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

I believe that tidying is a celebration, a special send-off for those things that will be departing from the house, and therefore I dress accordingly. – 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

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

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

People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking. – Marie Kondo

Be sure to completely finish the first task before starting the next. – Marie Kondo

Your parents’ home is not a haven for mementos. – Marie Kondo

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

Sorting papers rule of thumb: Discard everything once. – Marie Kondo

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. – Marie Kondo

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

A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming. – Marie Kondo

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

What you don’t need, your family doesn’t either. – Marie Kondo

Just because you dispose of something does not mean you give up past experiences or your identity. – Marie Kondo

The lives of those who tidy thoroughly and completely, in a single shot, are without exception dramatically altered. – 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 process of facing and selecting our possessions can be quite painful. It forces us to confront our imperfections and inadequacies and the foolish choices we made in the past. – 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

Reducing the amount of stuff in our space also reduces the amount of dust, and we actually clean more often. – 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

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

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

When people revert to clutter no matter how much they tidy, it is not their room or their belongings but their way of thinking that is at fault. – Marie Kondo

It is very natural for me to say thank you to the goods that support us. – 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

Although we can get to know ourselves better by sitting down and analyzing our characteristics or by listening to others’ perspectives on us, I believe that tidying is the best way. – Marie Kondo

The more time it takes, the more tired you feel, and the more likely you are to give up when you’re only halfway through. – 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

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

Human beings can only truly cherish a limited number of things at one time. As I am both lazy and forgetful, I can’t take proper care of too many things. – Marie Kondo

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

Storage experts are hoarders. – Marie Kondo

Your real life begins after putting your house in order. – 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

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

Many people carry this type of negative self-image for years, but it is swept away the instant they experience their own perfectly clean space. This drastic change in self-perception, the belief that you can do anything if you set your mind to it, transforms behavior and lifestyles. – 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

I recommend storing vertically anything that can be stood up. – Marie Kondo

After all, our possessions very accurately relate the history of the decisions we have made in life. – 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

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. – 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

Getting rid of other people’s things without permission demonstrates a sad lack of common sense. – 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

It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure. This is the lesson these keepsakes teach us when we sort them. 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

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

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

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

When you’ve finished putting your house in order, your life will change dramatically. Once you have experienced what it’s like to have a truly ordered house, you’ll feel your whole world brighten. – 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

Follow your intuition and all will be well. – 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

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

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

Now imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy. Isn’t this the lifestyle you dream of? – 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

Cherish the things you love. Cherish yourself. – Marie Kondo

When your room is clean and uncluttered, you have no choice but to examine your inner state. – 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

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

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

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

The work involved can be broadly divided into two kinds: deciding whether or not to dispose of something and deciding where to put it. If you can do these two things, you can achieve perfection. – Marie Kondo

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. – Marie Kondo

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