Clutter Quotes

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Albert Einstein
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
Albert Einstein

Wendell Berry
“Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book

Maggie Stiefvater
“Clutter is my natural habitat.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

Victoria Moran
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. (148)”
Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

“Let us not be afraid of “saying” what we are “seeing” without censoring anything, or looking away and playing hide and seek. By naming things well, we avoid clutter in our mind and torment in the world. ("Man without Qualities" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Karl Pilkington
“It's interesting to see that people had so much clutter even thousands of years ago. The only way to get rid of it all was to bury it, and then some archaeologist went and dug it all up.”
Karl Pilkington, An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington

Judi Culbertson
“The point is, you need to distinguish between what honestly moves you and what the world is telling you should melt your heart. If something doesn’t reach you on a personal level, let it go. It’s hard enough dealing with everything that does.”
Judi Culbertson, The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams

Patricia A. McKillip
“...that once were urgent and necessary for an orderly world and now were buried away, gathering dust and of no use to anyone.”
Patricia A. McKillip, Alphabet of Thorn

Lisa J. Shultz
“I asked myself, “Who would I be if I weren’t busy? What would be left of my life and me after I removed excess stuff from my home and allowed my day to have unscheduled open spaces?”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

J.D. Salinger
“The room was not impressively large, even by Manhattan apartment-house standards, but its accumulated furnishings might have lent a snug appearance to a banquet hall in Valhalla.”
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

Fennel Hudson
“I like working among ‘creative clutter’. It gives me a sense of activity and achievement.”
Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

Lewis Buzbee
“We are much more likely to be drawn to a messy bookstore than a neat one because the mess signifies vitality. We are not drawn to a bookstore because of tasteful, Finnish shelves in gunmetal gray mesh, each one displaying three carefully chosen, color-coordinated covers. Clutter -- orderly clutter, if possible -- is what we expect. Like a city. It's not quite a city unless there's more than enough.”
Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

Maggie Stiefvater
“Neatness makes me feel like I have to be on my best behavior. Clutter is my natural habitat.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

Lisa J. Shultz
“As I declutter and downsize, I gradually discover more of my essence and my purpose.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Lisa J. Shultz
“We all have a million things vying for our attention. If you tell yourself that you don’t have enough time to clear out your junk, you might be delaying the well-being and relief you could experience by tackling it. If not now, when?”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Lisa J. Shultz
“For me, decluttering and downsizing has caused shifts in my thinking and my habits. I don’t have to declutter; I choose to declutter.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Lisa J. Shultz
“Instead of thinking I am losing something when I clear clutter, I dwell on what I might gain.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Lisa J. Shultz
“When I eventually moved to a smaller home, it felt cozy, like having a pair of jeans that fit me just right—no wasted living space and no baggy fabric.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Lisa J. Shultz
“In addition to asking myself if something was a benefit or a burden for me to keep or if it was superfluous, I also questioned if it enriched my life now. If the answer was no, I ditched it.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Michelle Ogundehin
“Most people do not need more space, they need less stuff.”
Michelle Ogundehin, Happy Inside: How to harness the power of home for health and happiness

Kathi Lipp
“Another thing we must recognize about clutter is that it's active. Even if it's just sitting there on a shelf or buried in a box, clutter is actively working in our lives.”
Kathi Lipp, Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space

Lisa J. Shultz
“No matter what stage you are in, acknowledging that our possessions, homes, and affairs can be problematic to those we leave behind is the first step toward taking proactive measures to reduce potential chaos and strife among those destined to deal with it.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Lisa J. Shultz
“As I thin out my things and discuss what to do with what is left, I release the expectation that they must be passed down within my family. This openness and acceptance may potentially pave the way for less disputes and resentments in the future.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Katherine May
“In the depths of our winters, we are all wolfish. We want in the archaic sense of the word, as if we are lacking something and need to absorb it in order to be whole again. These wants are often astonishingly inaccurate: drugs and alcohol, which poison instead of reintegrate; relationships with people who do not make us feel safe or loved; objects that we do not need, cannot afford, which hang around our necks like albatrosses of debt long after the yearning for them has passed. Underneath this chaos and clutter lies a longing for more elemental things--love, beauty, comfort, a short spell of oblivion once in a while.”
Katherine May, Wintering: How I learned to flourish when life became frozen

Mary Oliver
“When I moved from one house to another

there were many things I had no room for.

What does one do? I rented a storage

space. And filled it. Years passed.

Occasionally I went there and looked in,

but nothing happened, not a single

twinge of the heart.

As I grew older the things I cared

about grew fewer, but were more

important. So one day I undid the lock

and called the trash man. He took

everything.

I felt like the little donkey when

his burden is finally lifted. Things!

Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful

fire! More room in your heart for love,

for the trees! For the birds who own

nothing– the reason they can fly.



STORAGE by MARY OLIVER”
Mary Oliver

“Healing from a toxic relationship, of any kind, is a choice everyday to not allow their words and actions to affect your own words and actions. This takes much patience on your part to rise above all of this clutter and noise. It is so much easier to react and so much harder not to. Toxic people crave your reaction, let them starve. It will certainly pay off in the end, with your sanity checked back in. Be patient with yourself.”
Christine E. Szymanski

Kathi Lipp
“If we don't attack the heart of the issue - the fear, guilt, and shame in our lives that cause us to buy what we don't really need - we are going to use that clutter to build our own prisons and keep us from connecting with others.”
Kathi Lipp, Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space

Kathi Lipp
“Why do I have to be prepared for every possibility?...

It's just fear.

Fear that I won't have enough. Fear that I will be stuck without something and not know what to do.”
Kathi Lipp, Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space

Kathi Lipp
“Some of those are small things that we keep around, hoping to find something redemptive to do with them. Other times, we keep our mistakes around in order to remind ourselves of what seems like a horrible, irreparable mistake.”
Kathi Lipp, Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space

Kathi Lipp
“What is causing you to put things down "for now"? Are you feeling too rushed in your everyday life? Is there never a chance to reset?
As you go through the process of clearing out your clutter, you will see that things become easier to put away when there is a home for them and that home is easier to access.
When you are tempted to put something down, ask yourself, "Will I really have more time to deal with this later? Will I know where to find this later when I'm looking for it?"
Be kind to your future self and put it away now. Next week you will thank me.”
Kathi Lipp, Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space

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