120 +Inspirational Declutter Quotes

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Are you looking for a little inspiration to get started or continue decluttering? You are sure to find just what you need in these 120+ inspirational declutter quotes. There’s even a free printable with 15 inspirational quotes to keep you motivated to make the changes you want and deserve.

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How to Use Decluttering Quotes

  • Read them and pick your favorites to keep you motivated on your decluttering journey.
  • Print out the motivational quotes and hang them up to keep you encouraged while doing the hard work of decluttering and organizing your home.
  • Write the declutter quotes in your planner to help you focus on the important things in the decluttering process.
  • Choose an inspirational quote that speaks to you and make it your screen saver.

Inspirational Declutter Quotes

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“Some things cost way more when we keep them.”

Neeraj Agnihotri

Leo Babauta

Clutter is a manifestation of a) holding onto the past and b) fear of what might happen in the future.”

Leo Babauta

“Decluttered spaces invite us to think more deeply about what we really need and want in our lives.”

Leo Babauta
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Joshua Becker

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

Joshua Becker

“Time spent minimizing possessions is never wasted.”

Joshua Becker

“Owning less is better than organizing more.”

Joshua Becker

Clutter is the physical reflection of a disorganized mind.”

Joshua Becker

“Picture your dream home. I bet it’s not filled with clutter.”

Joshua Becker

“If you’re not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You’re not going to start using it more by shoving it in a closet somewhere.”

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

Joshua Becker

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

Joshua Becker

“Minimalism isn’t about removing things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.”

Joshua Becker

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

Joshua Becker

“The simple act of decluttering will provide more freedom in less time.”

Joshua Becker

“You don’t need more space, you need less stuff.”

Joshua Becker

“Decluttering can be overwhelming, so start with that one small thing. Clean out your junk drawers. It can lead to so many more beautiful things. Start there, and you’ll find yourself cleaning the whole rest of the house.”

Bobby Berk

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

Gail Blanke

“Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”

Eleanor Brownn
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“Out of calmness comes clarity.”

Trevor Carss

“Clutter doesn’t just occupy the house in which you live, it occupies your mind.”

Avina Celeste

“Every minute you spend looking through clutter, wondering where you put this or that, being unable to focus because you’re not organized costs you: time you could have spent with family or friends, time you could have been productive around the house, time you could have been making money.”

Jean Chatzky

“When things aren’t adding up in your life, begin subtracting. Life gets a lot simpler when you clear the clutter that makes it complicated.”

Marc & Angel Chernoff

“Clutter is the physical manifestation of fear that cripples your ability to grow.”

H.G. Chissell

“Let the falling autumn leaves remind you just how beautiful it is to declutter.”

Alejandra Costello

“Make space to have daydreams about possibility.”

Erica C. Cote

“If something doesn’t reach you on a personal level, let it go. It’s hard enough dealing with everything that does.”

Judi Culbertson

“Life is too short to spend our days on things that don’t matter.”

Thomas Davis
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Leonardo DaVinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo DaVinci

“Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.”

Leonardo DaVinci

“You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.”

Leonardo DaVinci

“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.”

Leonardo DaVinci

Albert Einstein

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

Albert Einstein

“You’ll never get organized if you don’t have a vision for your life.” 

Linda L. Eubanks

“Cleaning and organizing is a practice, not a project.”

Meagan Francis

“Our possessions are dictating our free time. Sundays used to be for relaxing and eating, and now they’re spent cleaning the garage.”

Christin Frank

Benjamin Franklin

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Benjamin Franklin

“You may delay, but time will not.”

Benjamin Franklin

Finnish Proverb

“Happiness is a place between too little and too much.”

Finnish Proverb

“Work teaches the worker.”

Finnish Proverb

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

Sam Gilbert

“Clutter is the enemy of creativity.”

Jeff Goins
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“Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.”

Terri Guillemets

“But first, declutter.”

Julie Hage

Barbara Hemphill

“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”


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

Hans Hofmann

Francine Jay

“Your home is living space, not storage space.”

Francine Jay

“Remember: you are not what you own. Storing all those books doesn’t make you any smarter; it just makes your life more cluttered.” 

Francine Jay

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

Francine Jay

“If these things haven’t delivered on their promises yet, it may be time to let them go.”

Francine Jay

“The problem: we put more value on our stuff than on our space.”

Francine Jay

“You don’t have to face every skeleton in your closet before you can make some room in there!”

Carmen Klassen

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

Zoë Kim

Karen Kingston

“When you live surrounded in clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in life.”

Karen Kingston

“Life is constantly changing. So when an object comes into your life, enjoy it, use it well, and when it’s time, let it go. It is that simple.” 

Karen Kingston

“Your body is the temporary temple of your Spirit. What you keep around you in the extended temple of your home needs to change as you change and grow, so that it reflects who you are.”

Karen Kingston

“Clutter is stuck energy.”

Karen Kingston

“When you have cleared all out your clutter, you can be of greater service to those around you.”

Michael Kitson

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

Jackie French Koller
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Marie Kondo

“Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.”

Marie Kondo

“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”

Marie Kondo

“Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.”

Marie Kondo

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

Marie Kondo

“Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, and the room once again overflows with things.”

Marie Kondo

Monika Kristofferson

“If someone doesn’t live with you, neither should their stuff.”

Monika Kristofferson

“Clutter steals energy and joy.”

Monika Kristofferson

“You’re the boss of clutter, not the other way around.”

Monika Kristofferson

“For me, a calm house equals a calm heart equals a calm life.”

Erica Layne

“A simplified life means that what has to get done will get done. And when we pare down life to its simplest, most beautifully basic parts, we’re left with room to enjoy each other, to rest, and to truly savor life with all our hearts, minds, and spirits.” 

Emily Ley

Kathi Lipp

“At its heart, clutter is a lack of peace.”

Kathi Lipp

“When every possession is special, none of them are.”

Kathi Lipp

Margareta Magnusson

“I often ask myself, Will anyone I know be happier if I save this?”

Margareta Magnusson

“You can always hope and wait for someone to want something in your home, but you cannot wait forever, and sometimes you must just give cherished things away with the wish that they end up with someone who will create new memories of their own.”

Margareta Magnusson

“A love one wishes to inherit nice things from you. Not all things from you.”

Margareta Magnusson
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“Life will become more pleasant and comfortable if we get rid of some of the abundance.”

Margareta Magnusson

“Living smaller is a relief.”

Margareta Magnusson

“Do not ever imagine that anyone will wish—or be able—to schedule time off to take care of what you didn’t bother to take care of yourself. No matter how much they love you, don’t leave this burden to them.”

Margareta Magnusson

“Mess is an unnecessary source of irritation.”

Margareta Magnusson

Katrina Mayer

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

Katrina Mayer

“Sometimes, you just have to begin again.”

Katrina Mayer

“Let your actions be your story.”

Katrina Mayer

“Love people, use things. The opposite never works.”

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
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William L. Misner

“Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future.”

William L. Misner

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”

Nathan W. Morris

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William Morris

“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all details of daily life.”

William Morris

“Most people do not need more space, they need less stuff.”

Michelle Ogundehin
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“Remove the emotional and physical clutter from your life so you can soar.”

Judith Orloff

Suze Orman

“People first, then money, then things.”

Suze Orman

“A wise woman knows how to summon her courage and do what is right, rather than what is easy.”

Suze Orman

John Robbins

“In the never-ending battle between order and chaos, clutter sides with chaos every time. Anything that you possess that does not add to your life or your happiness eventually becomes a burden.”

John Robbins

“Anything that you possess that does not add to your life or your happiness eventually becomes a burden.”

John Robbins

“In the never-ending battle between order and chaos, clutter sides with chaos every time. Anything that you possess that does not add to your life or your happiness eventually becomes a burden.”

John Robbins

“Clutter is often the result of so many good intentions.”

Becky Rogers
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Gretchen Rubin

“It’s easier to get rid of things when you’re giving them to someone who can use them, but don’t let this kind intention become a source of clutter itself. I have a friend who has multiple piles all over her house, each lovingly destined for a particular recipient.”

Gretchen Rubin

“Outer order contributes to inner calm.” 

Gretchen Rubin

“If they’re not used, they don’t enhance our lives; they just contribute to the guilt and clutter.”

Gretchen Rubin

“The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Our things are like roommates, except we pay their rent.”

Fumio Sasaki

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Christina Scalise

“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”

Christina Scalise

“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.”

Christina Scalise

“If you have clutter, you’re richer than you think!”

Donna Smallin

“Having a simplified, uncluttered home is a form of self-care.”

Emma Scheib

Lisa J. Shultz

“Minimizing can be exhilarating. If you continue decluttering, you just might find a zest for life that you didn’t know existed under all that stuff!”

“Clutter may rob us of the life we imagined or prevent us from creating a new vision for our future.”

“My clearing has allowed me to rediscover things I stopped seeing and put them into a place of prominence.”


“You can’t reach for anything new if our hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.”

Louise Smith

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

Socrates

“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.”

Mother Theresa
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Geralin Thomas

“Learning to prioritize is the secret to annihilating clutter.”

Geralin Thomas

“Proper storage is about creating a home for something so that minimal effort is required to find and put it away.”

Geralin Thomas

“Clear clutter – make space for you.”

Magdelena Vandenberg

“We don’t realize how excess stuff draws on our energy until it’s removed.”

Mary Vraa

Peter Walsh

“What I know for sure is that when you declutter – whether it’s on 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

“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

“Later is the best friend of clutter.”

Peter Walsh
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“If a gift has come to you wrapped in obligations and tied tightly with a ribbon of guilt, then it’s not really a gift at all. It’s a manipulation.”

Peter Walsh

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

Charisse Ward

Vivienne Westwood

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.”

Vivienne Westwood

“We are so conformist; nobody is thinking. We are all sucking up stuff; we have been trained to be consumers, and we are all consuming far too much.”

Vivienne Westwood

“Letting go of physical clutter also declutters mind and soul.”

April Williams
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Looking for more decluttering help?

30 Day Declutter Challenge – A step-by-step 30 day declutter challenge to help you clear the clutter and organize your home to make the space and time for what’s really important to you.

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Decluttering Scavenger Hunt – Free 4-page decluttering scavenger hunt checklist to make the process of decluttering 28 different items a bit more fun.

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Simple Decluttering Checklists – Created by a professional organizer to help you work through the decluttering and organizing process on your own with the guidance and support you need. These checklists and tips work for any area in your home.

This downloadable 21-page checklist resource is the next best thing to having a professional organizer help you declutter and organize your space. You can print out your checklists and supporting worksheets now and get started immediately.

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Further Reading from these Inspirational Experts

Frequently Asked Questions about Decluttering

Are there any decluttering quotes to motivate you?

This collection of 120 decluttering and organization goals is sure to have several to motivate you. Three of my favorite decluttering quotes are:

“Decluttered spaces invite us to think more deeply about what we really need and want in our lives.” – Leo Babauta

“Clear clutter – make space for you.” – Magdelena Vandenberg

“Life is chaotic enough. Your organizing should be simple.” – Susan Santoro

Is it possible to declutter your house?

It is definitely possible to declutter any space. The key is to work consistently and with identified decluttering goals. Break the task down into small, manageable tasks. Ask for help from family or a professional organizer. You can work with me via virtual organizing for support and professional assistance.

How to start decluttering when you’re overwhelmed?

When you’re overwhelmed, it’s best to start small. Set a timer for 10 minutes and look for obvious trash and recycling. Or start in one corner of a room and start working your way around the room. You’ll find these more than 40 of my best tips for how to start decluttering when you’re overwhelmed helpful.

You can find all our best decluttering tips in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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