100 Best Decluttering Quotes To Empower You In 2024

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How can decluttering change your life?

These good decluttering quotes will motivate and push you. And if you need any more encouragement, consider the following:

In a world that shouts “more is better,” the truth is that, often, less is better.

  • People have more self-control in all areas of life when not surrounded by clutter.
  • Getting rid of stuff eliminates housework, giving you more time to do things you love.
  • People in clutter-free spaces are more productive while being less anxious, irritable, and distracted.
  • You save money having less stuff (and make money by selling what you don’t need)
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Start Decluttering Your Home Quotes

First these quotes will help you get your home in order. Pronto.

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

2. “For me, a calm house equals a calm heart equals a calm life.” ― Erica Layne

3. “Owning less is better than organizing more.” – Joshua Becker

4. “Having a simplified, uncluttered home is a form of self-care.” ― Emma Scheib

5. “Your home is living space, not storage space.” –Francine Jay

6. “When home feels out of control, no matter what the reason, unsettledness and anxiety can seep in, and then the chaos becomes internal as well as external.” –Myquillyn Smith

7. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris

8. “A home with fewer possessions is more spacious, more calming, and more focused on the people who live inside it.” –Joshua Becker

9. “Imagine yourself living in a space that only contains things that spark joy.” –Marie Kondo

10. “Make room for what matters, let go of what doesn’t. It’s that simple.” –Robert Tew

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11. “The best way to enjoy your favorite things is to only own your favorite things.” –Unknown

12. “I want to walk into my home and not feel stress and tension. I want to walk in and feel glad to be home. Instead of minding the junk and clutter, I want to simplify and mind the things that matter.” –Anora O’Connor

13. “Your home should be the antidote to stress, not the cause of it.” –Peter Walsh

Decluttering Quotes About Too Much Stuff

Next, these decluttering sayings are all about simplifying, streamlining, and clearing out the excess.

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14. “Outer order contributes to inner calm.” ― Gretchen Rubin

15. “Decluttering isn’t easy, but once you start getting things out, it gets easier and easier.” ― Steve Maraboli

16. “The more stuff I donated, the more I was able to breathe. The more trash I threw away, the more weight I felt lifted. The more stuff I took out of our house the more I was able to see a new life. The more uncluttered I lived, the more joy I found.” –Zina Harrington

17. “The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.” ― Mother Theresa

18. “You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are full of yesterday’s clutter.” –Louise Smith

19. “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” –Nathan W. Morris

20. “Today is the day you rid yourself of anything that distracts from your best life.” –Joshua Becker

21. “There are two ways to have enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” –G.K. Chesterton

22. “When you are overwhelmed, tired and stressed, the solution is almost always less. Get rid of something. Lots of somethings.” –Courtney Carver

23. “It’s better to have extra time on your hands and extra money in your pocket than extra stuff in your closet.” ― Joshua Becker

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24. “You don’t need more space. You need less stuff.” –Joshua Becker

25. “The long term peace of less surpases the short term thrill of more.” The Clearing Concept

26. “I’ve learned that minimalism is not about what you own, it’s about why you own it.” –Brian Gardner

27. “If you have more than enough, then give some away.” –Unknown

28. “Getting rid of perfectly good items may seem wasteful, but that’s not where we went wrong. It was wasteful to purchase it. Now we are just acknowledging it.” –Rachelle Crawford

29. “You can have your space or you can have your stuff. You can’t have both.” –The Home Edit

30. “Never ‘organize’ what you can discard.” –Joshua Becker

Related: 20 Ways To Collect Moments Not Things

Inspirational Decluttering Quotes for Better Life

These decluttering quotes will uplift and motivate you to keep going – for the sake of finer quality of living.

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31. “Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor, it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.” ― Peter Walsh

32. “The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” ― Socrates

33. “Clearing clutter – be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual – brings about ease and inspires a sense of peace, calm and tranquility.” ― Laurie Buchanan, PhD

34. “Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” ― Eleanor Brown

35. “I function properly, feel better, do better, look better and treat others better when there’s no clutter.” ― Handling Home Life

36. “Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” ― Barbara Hemphill

37. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” –Joshua Becker

38. “What I know for sure is that when you declutter–whether it’s your home, your head or your heart–it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life and your family.” –Peter Walsh

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39. “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

40. “If you want to improve your life immediately, clean out a closet. Often what we hold onto holds us back.” –Cheryl Richardson

41. “Decluttering is infinitely easier when you think of it as deciding what to keep, rather than deciding what to throw away.” –Francine Joy

42. “Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.” –Leo Babauta

43. “Tidying your physical space allows you to tend to your psychological space.” –Marie Kondo

44. “If your stuff isn’t serving you, it won’t be serving you any better packed away in a box somewhere.” –Melissa Wilkins

45. “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.” –Joshua Becker

46. “We cannot buy a meaningful life. We can only live it.” –Unknown

47. “While minimalism will not solve all of life’s problems, it will create the space to better deal with them.” –Anthony Ongaro

48. “Simplify your life, simplify your mind, simplify your surroundings.” –The Clearing Concept

49. “Once you’re able to let go of unwanted stuff from your life, your world gets so much brighter.” ― Sam Gilbert

50. “Noticing what you love will help you release what you don’t.” –Courtney Carver

51. “Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.” –Marie Kondo

Motivational Quotes About Clutter

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52. “Clutter is stuck energy.” ― Karen Kingston

53. “Most of us who are weighed down by mental clutter–the to-do lists and calendar events cataloged in our brains–find a shocking amount of relief when we cut back on physical clutter. If your environment is less chaotic, your mind will be too.” –Erica Layne

54. “At its heart, clutter is a lack of peace.” ― Kathi Lipp

55. “Clutter is the physical reflection of a disorganized mind.” ― Joshua Becker

56. “Clutter impacts how we see ourselves and others see us. It’s not just aesthetics. Decluttering is an important part of looking after yourself.” –Jack Stevens

57. “Clutter causes stress, and clutter is one of the main barriers of productivity.” ― Charisse Ward

58. “Clutter is the enemy of creativity.” ― Jeff Goins

59. “Clutter is not just physical stuff, it’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits.” ― Eleanor Brownn

60. “Clutter is the physical manifestation of fear that cripples your ability to grow.” ― H.G. Chissell

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61. “Clutter smothers. Simplicity breathes.” –Terri Guillemets

62. “Under the influence of clutter, we may underestimate how much time we’re giving to the less important stuff.” –Zoe Kim

63. “Get rid of clutter and you may just find it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for.” –Katrina Mayer

64. “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” –Christina Scalise

65. “Organized clutter is still clutter. Get rid of it.” –Unknown

66. “External clutter is internal clutter on display.” –The Cleaning Concept

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Funny Decluttering Quotes And Sayings

Funny decluttering quotes and sayings

67. “You never know what you have until you clean your room.” ― Anonymous

68. “I love Pinterest. It’s electronic hoarding without the clutter.” ― Anonymous 

69. “The less you have, the less you have to clean.” – Anonymous

70. “The truth is, most of us don’t have an organization problem, we have an own-too-much-stuff problem.” –Zoe Kim

71. “If you lost it, would you buy it again?” –Fumio Sasaki

72. “Imagine the life waiting for you under all your clutter.” –Unknown

73. “‘Later’ is the best friend of clutter.” –Peter Walsh

74. “I don’t want my legacy to be storage containers of stuff.” –Courtney Carver

75. “Opening your closet should be like arriving at a really good party where everyone you see is someone you like.” –Amy Collins

76. “Clarity and focus doesn’t always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you.” – Shannon L. Alder

Related: 5 Decluttering Hacks

Quotes About Decluttering the Mind

Finally, these decluttering quotes remind you that it isn’t only about your physical realm. The decisions you make and inputs you receive every day affect your life profoundly.

Good quotes on decluttering your mind

77. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”- Hans Hofmann

78. “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.”
– Randy Armstrong

79. “The mind is like water. When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” – Prasad Mahes

80. “Live light. Offload internal and external baggage for peace within and peace without.” – Laurie Buchanan

81. “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” – Jackie French Koller

82. “You’ll never get organized if you don’t have a vision for your life.” – Linda L. Eubanks

83. “If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.” – Arianna Huffington

94. “Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future.”
— Wayne L. Misner

95. “If we want more healing and peace in the world, let us each start with our homes, our relationships, our mindsets, and ourselves.” – Lisa J. Shultz

96. “There’s no way that a clear mind can live an unhappy life.” – Byron Katie      

97. “When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls.” Gail Blanke

98. “Don’t let anyone rent space in your head unless they are a good tenant.” – George Couros

99. “Having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think and act with purpose.” – Erika Oppenheimer

100. “If you have a clear mind… you won’t have to search for direction. Direction will come to you.” – Phil Jackson

What is the 80/20 rule for decluttering?

You use 20% of what you own 80% of the time. That means that 80% of your belongings don’t see much or any use. There are a lot things that you can let go of. And now is the best time to start!

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