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Organize the World: Design Your Life to Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (Transcript)

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organising consultant and author. She introduced the KonMari Method in her best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

Here is the full text of Marie Kondo’s talk titled “Organize the World: Design Your Life to Spark Joy” at SXSW 2017 conference.

Marie Kondo – SXSW 2017 TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everyone. I’m Marie Kondo.

I feel honored to be standing here on such a wonderful stage today. Everyone at (South by Southwest) SXSW is talking about big things. But I would like to talk about something even bigger. My grandmother.

My grandmother lives in Miyazaki, a very peaceful place in Japan. Her house is not big and she does not own anything especially nice. But she took very good care of her things.

Her house was always clean and tidy. Even inside her drawers were beautifully organised. Just like her house, her presence was simple and beautiful. She never got angry no matter what happened. She was gentle. I admire her very much.

She would always tell me: Value what cannot be seen from the outside.

Normally people can’t see inside your house. However the way you organize the area and how to treat your belongings will greatly affect your way of thinking. More than we imagine, whether our house is tidy or not has a great impact on our life.

Tidying is a big thing.

Now I’d like to ask you a question. Is your house tidy? If your answer is no, don’t worry, I can help you. The answer is what I call the Konmari Method.

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