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70+ Decluttering Quotes to Inspire & Motivate You

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Are you looking for decluttering quotes to inspire or motivate you to declutter your home, wardrobe, or more? If yes, look no further! Here is a collection of 70+ quotes about decluttering to give you the extra push that you’re seeking to begin your war against clutter, be it physical, emotional, or mental.

There are quotes about decluttering your life, decluttering your mind quotes, declutter quotes and sayings to help you reflect on the benefits of clearing clutter, and even funny declutter quotes that might make you chuckle and say, “That’s me!

After reading these quotes, check out this blog post on how to declutter your entire home in 5 simple steps.

A minimalist home of a woman who decluttered her entire life


These decluttering quotes and sayings come from decluttering experts, minimalists, historical figures, and wise clutter-fighting masters worldwide!

While these quotes serve as excellent inspiration for decluttering, if you are looking for more detail and depth, you can also find links to books and resources from these decluttering gurus and coaches for extra help!

Here are a few of my favorite experts, many of whom made this list of the best decluttering books of all time.

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Quotes about decluttering YOUR LIFE

“Declutter is the first chapter in the book of minimalism.” ― Thomas Davis

“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

“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

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

“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

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

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“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

“Clutter-clearing is modern-day alchemy.” ― Denise Linn

“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 

“Remove the emotional and physical clutter from your life so you can soar.” ― Judith Orloff

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“If you have debt, I’m willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too.” ― Suze Orman

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

“There is an easy way of finding the job to be done today, just look around your environment; take note of the places that need cleaning and the places that need decoration; do one at a time!” ― Israelmore Ayivor

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

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

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

“Enjoy the peace of nature and declutter your inner world.” ― Amit Ray

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

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

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

“Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.” ― Terri Guillemets

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

“If it doesn’t nourish your soul, get rid of it.” ― Anonymous

A woman remembering a Marie Kondo declutter quote as she looks in a mirror


“Our things are like room mates, except we pay their rent.” ― Fumio Sasaki

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

“Tonight, I’m cleaning out the closet.” ― Eminem

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

“Don’t own so much clutter that you’ll be relieved to see your house catch fire.” ― Wendell Berry

“Since my house burnt down, I now own a better view of the rising moon.” ― Mizuta Masahide

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

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

“The highlight of my week was my new vacuum cleaner. Things are picking up!” ― Anonymous

“It doesn’t bother me that Disney has given me unrealistic ideas about love. I’m more annoyed that, no matter how much I sing, woodland animals have not once helped me with housework.” ― Anonymous 

I tried that Japanese decluttering trend where you hold each thing you own and throw it out if it doesn’t give you joy. So far I’ve thrown out all the vegetables and the electric bill.” ― Anonymous

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“You know you have to declutter when you throw something in a closet and something else throws it back!” ― Anonymous

“What’s the favorite song of someone who loves to clean? Another One Fights the Dust.” ― Anonymous 

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

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“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

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

“If you’ve had something for more than six months, and it’s still not repaired, it’s clutter.” ― Gretchen Rubin

“Clutter is stuck energy.” ― Karen Kingston

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

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

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

“Clutter. Even the word feels heavy when you say it. We’ve become consumed by stuff and so inundated by things that we almost have nowhere to turn.” ― Kerri L. Richardson

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

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

“Clutter in its highest and most organized form is called collecting.” ― Ada Louise Huxtable

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

“Clutter is anything that doesn’t belong in a space – whether because it belongs elsewhere in your home, or it doesn’t belong in your home any longer” ― Chrissy Halton

“Clutter ― a condition of disorder, or a lot of objects that are in a state of disorder.” ― Cambridge Dictionary

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

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

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

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

“Bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, it’s clutter, and it needs to go.” Charisse Ward

A quote about clutter from Peter Walsh next to bottles on the floor.


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

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

“Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we discover all the things that really do.” ― Joshua Becker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

“Decluttering unnecessary stuff always felt rewarding.” ― Thomas Davis

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

“As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.” ― Anonymous

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I hope that these quotes on decluttering inspired you to get rid of the old and make room for the new (or reclaim lost space!).

Don’t forget to write down your favorite clearing clutter quotes in the diary where you document your minimalism journey so that they continue to inspire you in the future, as well.

You can also pin these decluttering quotes to Pinterest to remember and come back to anytime you need inspiration or motivation to declutter your home!

Good luck with decluttering your life, my friend.

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