The Best Marie Kondo Quotes

A compilation of all the best Marie Kondo quotes to inspire you!

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

“When we ask ourselves, Does this spark joy? We reconnect with our inner self and discover what’s really important to us. The result is a lasting change in behavior that sets life on a positive track.”

“Always keep in mind that the true purpose is to find and keep the things you truly love, to display these proudly in your home, and to live a joyful life.”

“If it makes you happy then the right choice is to keep it confidently.”

“No matter how much stuff you may own, the amount is always finite. The more you do it, the closer you get to a house full of joy. Therefore, nothing could be more wasteful than to give up in the middle.”

“By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past. If just stow these things away in a drawer or cardboard box, before you realize it, your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now. To put things in order means to put your past in order.”

“The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart.”

“What was the reason? What do you hope to gain through tidying? Visualize your ideal lifestyle that you dream of.”

“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.”

“Through the process of election only things that spark joy, you can identify precisely what you love and what you need.”

The best Marie Kondo Quotes continued…

“When we honestly confront the things we own, they evoke many emotions within us. Those feelings are real. It is these emotions that give us the energy to go on living. Believe what your heart tell you when you ask does this spark joy?”

“I want to help others who feel the way I once did, who lack self confidence and find it hard to open their hearts to others, to see how much support they receive from the space they live in and the things that surround them.”

“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
Ask yourself – am I having trouble getting rid of this because of an attachment to the past or because of a fear for the future?”

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life. Attachment and fears govern the way you select things you own but also represent the criteria by which you make choices in every aspect of your life, including relationships with people and your job.”

“There are three approaches we take toward our possessions: face them now, face them sometime, or avoid them until the day we die. If we acknowledge our attachment to the past and our fears for the future by honestly looking at our possessions, we will be able to see what is really important to us.”

“I can think of no greater happiness in life than to be surrounded by the things I love. How about you?”

“Often, it is only after tidying up that people realize what kind of environment sparks joy for them.”

“Tidying can help you get in touch with what you really want, show you what you need to change, and help you find joy in your environment.”


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Kondo, Marie. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Ten Speed Press, 2014.

Kondo, Marie, and Barbara Lampe. Spark Joy. Lev., 2017.