125+ Marie Kondo quotes for an organized life

In this blog post, we present to you the Marie Kondo method for a better, healthier and more organized life.

We also collected some of the most inspiring Marie Kondo quotes, meant to teach you about cleaning and peace of mind. 

Turn your home into a tidy and permanently clean space with the incredible KonMari method, applying three basic principles: simplify, organize and store.

In order to be able to tidy up your home, you have to organize your actions in a correct sequence, keep only the objects that are really dear to you and do everything at once and quickly.

After that, for the rest of your life, all you have to do is choose what to keep and what to throw away.

The KonMari method will not only transform your living space. Once you have tidied up the house, you will find that your whole life will change.

You will gain more confidence, success will accompany you, you will have more energy and you will feel more motivated to lead the life you want. 

You will also gain the courage to leave behind the negative aspects of your life: you will recognize a relationship that hurts you and you will end it; your anxiety will leave you and you will finally lose weight.

Kondo challenges us to ask ourselves if the objects around us serve any purpose.

Do they make us move forward in life or do they keep us attached to the past?

Marie Kondo runs a consulting firm in Tokyo that helps her clients transform their messy homes into spaces full of serenity and inspiration, her original method becoming an international phenomenon.

5 Marie Kondo quotes

  1. “You may think this is a waste of money, but reducing your stock and relieving yourself of the burden of excess is the quickest and most effective way to put your things in order.” ― Marie Kondō
  2. “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
  3. “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
  4. “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.” ― Marie Kondo
  5. “The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, mementos.” ― Marie Kondō

15 Marie Kondo quotes

  1. “Tidying orders and relaxes the mind.” — Marie Kondo
  2. “Follow your intuition and all will be well.” — Marie Kondo
  3. “Tidying your physical space allows you to tend to your psychological space.” — Marie Kondo
  4. “Cherish the things you love. Cherish yourself.” — Marie Kondo
  5. “Your parents’ home is not a haven for mementoes.” — Marie Kondo 
  6. “Just because you dispose of something does not mean you give up past experiences or your identity.” — Marie Kondo 
  7. “The moment you first encounter a book is the right time to read it.” — Marie Kondo
  8. “Being messy is not hereditary nor is it related to lack of time.” — Marie Kondo
  9. “It is very natural for me to say thank you to the goods that support us.” — Marie Kondo
  10. “What you don’t need, your family doesn’t either.” — Marie Kondo
  11.  “Only by discarding it will you be able to test how passionate you are about that subject.” — Marie Kondo
  12. “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
  13. “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
  14. “Treat your socks and stockings with respect.” — Marie Kondo
  15.  “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

20 Marie Kondo quotes

1. “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

2. “You may think this is a waste of money, but reducing your stock and relieving yourself of the burden of excess is the quickest and most effective way to put your things in order.” Marie Kondo

3. “Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.” Marie Kondo

4. “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

5. “Changing lifestyle habits acquired over many years is often extremely difficult.” Marie Kondo

6. “To quietly work away at disposing of your own excess is actually the best way of dealing with a family that doesn’t tidy.” Marie Kondo

7. “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” Marie Kondo

8. “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

9. “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

10. “Attachment to the past and fears concerning the future not only govern the way you select the things you own but also represent the criteria by which you make choices in every aspect of your life, including your relationships with people and your job.” Marie Kondo

11. “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

12. “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

13. “The act of folding is far more than making clothes compact for storage. It is an act of caring, and expression of love and appreciation for the way these clothes support your lifestyle. Therefore, when we fold, we should put out heart into it, thanking our clothes for protecting our bodies.” Marie Kondo

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

15. “Rebound occurs because people mistakenly believe they have tidied thoroughly, when in fact they have only sorted and stored halfway.” Marie Kondo

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

17. “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

18. “People who can’t stay tidy can be categorized into just three types: ‘the can’t throw it away type’, ‘the can’t put it back type’, and ‘the first-two-combined’ type.” Marie Kondo

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

20. “It’s easy to get rid of things when there is an obvious reason for doing so. It’s much more difficult when there is no compelling reason.” Marie Kondo

25 Marie Kondo quotes

  1.  “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
  2. “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” Marie Kondo
  3. “Once you learn to choose your belongings properly, you will be left only with the amount that fits perfectly in the space you currently own.” Marie Kondo
  4. “To put your things in order means to put your past in order, too.” Marie Kondo
  5. “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
  6. “We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” Marie Kondo
  7. “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
  8. “Just as we like to come home and relax after a day’s work, our things breathe a sigh of relief when they return to where they belong.” Marie Kondo
  9. “Human beings can only truly cherish a limited number of things at one time.” Marie Kondo
  10. “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 keep indefinitely.” Marie Kondo
  11. “The urge to point out someone else’s failure to tidy up is usually a sign that you are neglecting to take care of your own space.” Marie Kondo
  12.  “The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.” Marie Kondo
  13. “One reason so many of us never succeed at tidying is that we have too much stuff.” Marie Kondo
  14. “We need to show consideration for others by helping them avoid the burden of owning more than they need or can enjoy.” Marie Kondo
  15. “Discard everything that does not spark joy.” Marie Kondo
  16. “Being messy is not hereditary nor is it related to lack of time.” Marie Kondo
  17. “Just because you dispose of something does not mean you give up past experiences of your identity.” Marie Kondo
  18. “Imagine yourself living in a space that only contains things that spark joy.” Marie Kondo
  19. “When your room is clean and uncluttered, you have no choice but to examine your inner state.” Marie Kondo
  20. “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
  21. “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
  22. “You may think this is a waste of money, but reducing your stock and relieving yourself of the burden of excess is the quickest and most effective way to put your things in order.” Marie Kondo
  23. “Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.” Marie Kondo
  24. “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
  25. “Changing lifestyle habits acquired over many years is often extremely difficult.” Marie Kondo

30 Marie Kondo quotes

  1. “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” ― Marie Kondō
  2. “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
  3. “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 Kondō
  4. “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 Kondō
  5. “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 Kondō
  6. “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 Kondō
  7. “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 Kondō
  8. “People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.” ― Marie Kondō
  9. “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 Kondō
  10. “The true purpose of a present is to be received.” ― Marie Kondō
  11. “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 Kondō
  12. “We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” ― Marie Kondō
  13. “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
  14. “Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder.” ― Marie Kondō
  15. “People with large book collections are almost always diligent learners.” ― Marie Kondō
  16. “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
  17. “There’s no need to finish reading books that you only got halfway through. Their purpose was to be read halfway.” ― Marie Kondo
  18. “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 Kondō
  19. “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 Kondō
  20. “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
  21. “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 Kondō
  22. “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 Kondō
  23. “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.” ― Marie Kondō
  24. “Storage experts are hoarders.” ― Marie Kondō
  25. “Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever.” ― Marie Kondō
  26. “Therefore, the best criterion for choosing what to keep and what to discard is whether keeping it will make you happy, whether it will bring you joy.” ― Marie Kondo
  27. “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 Kondō
  28. “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
  29. “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 Kondō
  30. “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. This is precisely why my students never experience rebound. Once you have experienced the powerful impact of a perfectly ordered space, you, too, will never return to clutter.” ― Marie Kondō

40 Marie Kondo quotes

  1.  “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
  2. “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
  3. “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
  4. “If you live with your family, first clearly define separate storage spaces for each family member.” — Marie Kondo
  5. “Start with clothes, then move on to books, papers, komono (miscellany), and finally things with sentimental value.” — Marie Kondo
  6. “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
  7. “We may think that we have stored things to suit our behaviour, but usually we have unconsciously adjusted our actions to match where things are stored.” — Marie Kondo
  8. “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
  9. “Sorting papers rule of thumb: Discard everything once.” — Marie Kondo 
  10.  “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
  11. “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
  12. “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
  13. “Only by discarding it will you be able to test how passionate you are about that subject.” — Marie Kondo
  14. “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
  15. “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
  16. “Treat your socks and stockings with respect.” — Marie Kondo
  17. “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
  18. “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
  19. “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
  20. “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
  21. “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 
  22. “I recommend storing vertically anything that can be stood up.” — Marie Kondo
  23. “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
  24. “The essence of effective storage is this: designate a spot for every last thing you own.” — Marie Kondo
  25. “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
  26. “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
  27. “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
  28. “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
  29. “Getting rid of other people’s things without permission demonstrates a sad lack of common sense.” — Marie Kondo
  30. “Never discard anything without saying thank you and good-bye.” — Marie Kondo
  31. “I begin my course with these words: Tidying is a special event. Don’t do it every day.” — Marie Kondo
  32. “Unlike work, studies, or sports, there is no need to compare your performance to that of anyone else.” — Marie Kondo
  33. “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
  34. “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
  35. “Be sure to completely finish the first task before starting the next.” — Marie Kondo
  36.  “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
  37. “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
  38. “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
  39. “Things stored out of sight are dormant. This makes it much harder to decide whether they inspire joy or not.” — Marie Kondo
  40. “Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.” — Marie Kondo

50 Marie Kondo quotes

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

2. “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

3. “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 

4. “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 

5. “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 

6. “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 

7. “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 

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

9. “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 

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

11. “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

12. “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

13. “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

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

15. “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

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

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

18. “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

19. “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

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

21. “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

22. “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

23. “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

24. “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

25. “Storage experts are hoarders.”— Marie Kondo 

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

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

28. “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

29. “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

30. “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

31. “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

32. “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

33. “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

34. “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

35. “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

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

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

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

39. “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

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

41. “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

42. “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

43. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

50. “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

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Conclusions 

Marie Kondo’s book helps you first of all to see the benefits of order, the way it affects your life, encourages you to use order as a free therapy and the good part is that it also gives clear enough advice so that you can get it without constantly torment. 

Contrary to common belief, it is not a book about minimalism, not even about limiting ourselves to the necessary objects, but about limiting ourselves to objects that make us happy. 

It is an incorporation of cognitive-behavioral psychology in personal therapy and for many people putting things in order can help them on a much deeper inner plane than the aesthetic one.

It’s just one of the steps, but Marie Kondo does a great job of showing us how important it is to take care of the objects and the environment in which we live our lives.

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