Marie “KonMari” Kondo

2017 SXSW Featured Speaker

Marie Kondo (“KonMari”) is a Japanese organizing consultant, author and visionary entrepreneur. She developed a revolutionary method of organizing known as the KonMari Method, which consists of gathering together everything you own, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy” – as well as choosing a dedicated place to store them. Going far beyond a typical “tidying how-to”, her method is a way of life and a state of mind that encourages you to cherish the things that bring you true joy—a refreshing alternative to today’s mass consumer society.

Marie has captured the findings from her lifelong journey of organization in her best-selling books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Translated from Japanese into languages including Korean, Chinese, French, German and English, her books have sold over seven million copies worldwide and have been published in more than 40 countries.

Touching the lives of countless readers across countries including Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, the US and the UK, Kondo’s world-renowned methods have become so famous that her last name has become a verb, Kondo-ing’, and people who have come to share her values are referred to as ‘Konverts’. Kondo is the subject of a Japanese TV movie and she has created custom digital content for such esteemed media outlets as Vogue, The Ellen Show, New York Magazine and Huffington Post. She has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Marie is also the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of KonMari Media Inc. (“KMI”), a US-based startup with a mission to “Organize the World” by utilizing the power of technology and a network of Konverts and partner organizations. KMI also recently launched a KonMari Consultant Training Program and a subsequent certification process. Visit for more details.

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