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

Why is this important?

By making a pile you can see everything you have. Imagine. Imagine all of your clothes stacked in a pile. You will probably be shocked by how much you own.

One of my clients collected tea cups, when she gathered all of her teacups together, it looked like this. So many teacups, and she was in shock. By seeing and realizing how much you own, you will be able to choose what to keep with a calm mind.

So how do you choose what to keep?

It is the most important part of the Konmari method: To choose the item that sparks joy for you. If the item sparks joy, keep it. If it does not, get rid of it. Does this item spark joy?

What I want to tell you today is this. When you are tidying, you should focus on things, what you want to keep. Not things what you want to discard. If you try to tidy by looking for things to discard, you will become unhappy.


As a matter of fact, I used to be like that. It is my story during high school. When I was in high school, I thought tidying meant discarding things. Every day after school, I looked for things to throw away.

Even though I kept throwing things away, my home did not feel tidy. This caused me a lot of stress. I was focused on the things I didn’t like. I focused on the negative.

One day my stress reached tipping point. I passed out in my room. I did not wake up for two hours. I am probably the only person in the world to pass out because of tidying too much Yeah, that’s right.


When I was afraid, I had this strange voice in my head. The voice said, “Look at things more carefully.” I don’t know if it was the voice of tidying God or just my imagination. But when my mind opened and looked around my room, it felt as if everything in my room was shining.

At that moment I realized my way of tidying until that day was wrong. I thought ‘That’s it!’ The important thing about tidying is not choosing things to discard but choosing things to keep. I must choose only items that makes me happy — things that spark joy for me.


From this moment, tidying became a positive thing for me and began to work well. It is my aha moment.

So exactly how do you choose what sparks joy for you?

The key point is to touch each item one by one. Just looking at is not enough. Touch each item. When the item in your hand speaks in your heart, you will feel like this: Spark joy item. All of yourself in your body feel uplifted.


On the other hand, the item in your hand that does not speak to you. You will feel like this *Gzzz* *Gzzz*. You will feel all cells in your body are sinking, and heavy and down. *ting* and *gzzz*. You might find it strange, I know.

But when you actually do this, the difference is more obvious than you can imagine. I want you to really try it.

After you have chosen the items that spark joy for you, you need to find the best way just to store them. I would like to speak to you how to fold the clothes.


This is the most important part of the Konmari method, how to fold the clothes. But before this, there is one thing I would like to emphasize when folding. When you fold your clothes, make sure you send a lot of love through your palms.

Folding is not just about making your clothes smaller. It is actually an opportunity to talk to your clothes and communicate with your clothes and thank them. For example, you could say, thank you for protecting me, and thank you for keeping me well.


I’d like to demonstrate how to fold. Here is a T-shirt. First, fold one side towards the center; fold other side the same way, and create a rectangle. Fold in half. This time with a little gap, it is so important. And fold it in thirds.

If you get a smooth rectangle, like this, you are doing it correctly. It should be able to stand up right on its own. It is important that it will able to stand up right on its own. Because you will store them vertically.

Next, let’s try a hoodie. You can fold hoodie the same way, you fold T-shirts. Fold one side towards the center, towards another side the same way, and create a rectangle. And fold the hood in and fold in thirds. It should be able to stand up right on its own.


Let’s try jeans. First, fold in half; fold in half again; and roll it up in thirds. Stand up too.

When I fold socks, it is so easy, put together and fold in half, and fold in half. Oh try again, fold in half and fold in thirds. You can adjust. It should be stand up right on its own.

Fold in half and fold in thirds. Aren’t they adorable? Once you’re done you can store them, vertically. Like this. It is very easy to see how much and what kind of clothes you have. When you get home, please try folding your clothes this way and enjoy.

Today, I talked about the basic points of the Konmari method. Finally I’ll show you a video. The video is a project I did with NHK World Japan where I conducted the tidying session with two clients.

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