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Declutter Quotes to Use for Motivation

When you’re just starting on your decluttering journey, sometimes you need to keep the faith. Day one is usually easy, but after that additional motivation can be needed to keep your home free of physical clutter, and your mind free of mental clutter.

One of the best ways I’ve found to do this is to read through other people’s experiences. This can be , or. It can also be checking out some declutter quotes to keep you motivated to continue decluttering. Here are some of my favorites.

My Favorite Decluttering Quotes

When it comes to declutter quotes, one of the best comes from one of the greatest human minds, Albert Einstein.

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

Albert Einstein

Of course, Einstein was also well known for his cluttered desk, so he may not be the best example to use when talking about decluttering.

Many people spend years endlessly searching for happiness before eventually realizing that it’s not something that you can chase.


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

— Socrates

For many, living a simpler life with less stuff can bring happiness in itself, as chasing happiness is in itself a form of suffering.

We all know how excess stuff can be overwhelming. When your entire living space is filled with physical stuff, the result can be a disorganized mind that feels jumbled.

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

― Mother Theresa.

The same can be said vice versa too. When your mental space is cluttered, this can result in a physical reflection of your mind.

When you start to get rid of the extra stuff in your physical space, your mind becomes clearer. Once you clear clutter from your life, the path to improvement becomes more achievable.

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

― Joshua Becker

Excess stuff draws you away from the things that matter. More space in your home means more space in your mind, too.

But it’s not always pretty, and tackling so much clutter at the same time can force you to re-evaluate your own life.

“Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.”

—Marie Kondo

This includes bad habits that you may have picked up over the years, toxic relationships that you may or may not still be in, and much more.

Keeping baggage that you don’t need has ever helped anyone. Decluttering your life as a whole can help you to become the best version of yourself.

“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

A calm house equals a calm life, and a life full of calm can lead to a clear mind. This is why decluttering is so important, and it’s necessary to stick with it for the long term.

Probably my favorite quote when it comes to explaining the reason why we declutter comes from da Vinci – it explains why we find such peace from simplicity.


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo DaVinci

Many of the greatest artists, creators and philosophers opted to live a simple life free of distraction.

Living clutter free starts from within. By living a healthy lifestyle, you then give yourself the opportunity to build your better self.

“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

Decluttering your entire house usually doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long term process, and through a one-time spring clean (using our decluttering checklist) can be a great idea, it happens over time.

Another quote I love by Karen Kingston reminds us that too much clutter is likely going to disrupt our natural flow of energy.

“Clutter is stuck energy.”

― Karen Kingston

When your energy has nowhere to flow, it becomes motionless. More freedom allows your energy to move freely, which affects your whole life.

And finally, it’s often just the stuff that you’re carrying with you that’s stopping you from taking your life to the next level.

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

― Judith Orloff

Getting rid of all that stuff could be exactly what you need, which can then allow you to live a fulfilling life full of intent.


Once you’ve started decluttering your home, it’s important to keep going even if you begin to question yourself. We all lose motivation from time-to-time, and life frequently throws curveballs at us to keep us on our toes, so it’s no surprise some of us become disheartened.

Though it can feel great the very first time you declutter, you have the whole rest of your life ahead of you, and maintaining a clear home and mind throughout this time is the key to a simple yet happy life.