• Anita Chastain, MBA

19 Best Quotes About Simplifying and Decluttering

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Are you thinking about simplifying and decluttering your life? These 19 quotes will inspire you to get started.

Are you tired of being overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you own? I know I was. That realization helped change my life. And now, several years later, I have no regrets about making that change.

In short, here's what happened to me:

I reached a point several years ago when I looked around at all the stuff I owned, and I felt totally weighed down. By everything. Furniture, clothes, accessories, kitchen appliances, towels...you name it. I felt almost trapped under the weight of all that stuff that's supposed to make living easier and more comfortable.

I realized that all those things weren't making my life better or happier. In fact, they were doing just the opposite. I felt weighed down just looking at all the stuff around me.

That's when I decided it was time to declutter. It wasn't a complicated process, but it took a while. I simply bagged up everything I didn't need, want, or use, then donated what I could, and threw away the rest.

How Decluttering Changed My Life

Getting those things out of my house changed how I felt and how I lived. I felt happier and lighter without the weight of all the stuff around me. My home became a calm and serene space that requires less time to clean and maintain.

One of the biggest surprises has been this:

I've never regretted anything I got rid of, and I've never considered replacing it. Not a single thing.

If you're feeling the same way I was, I hope the quotes below on simplifying, minimizing, and decluttering will inspire you.

19 Quotes to Inspire You to Simplify and Declutter

Here are 19 quotes to help you take those first steps toward simplifying and decluttering your life and your home:

1. "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

2. "There are two ways to have enough: Once is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less." ― G.K. Chesterton

3. “Instead of thinking I am losing something when I clear clutter, I dwell on what I might gain.” ― Lisa J. Shultz

4. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't.” ― Joshua Becker

5. "One reason people resist changes is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain." ― Rick Godwin

6. "Achieving simplicity in your life starts with the simple notion that you are in control. You steer the rudder, flip the switch, pull the lever, call the shots, and have the power within you to make your life simpler.” ― Jeff Davidson

7. “Bottom line: If our lives are burdened with clutter, we’re giving the best of ourselves away to the things that matter least.” ― Erica Layne

8. “The point is that minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from worry, freedom from overwhelm, freedom from guilt, freedom from depression, freedom from enslavement. Freedom. Real freedom.” ― Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

9. "The secret of happiness you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less." ― Socrates

10. “Clearing out your home cleanses your life.” ― Mary Lambert

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

12. "If your stuff isn't serving you, it won't be servicing you any better packed away in a box somewhere." ― Melissa Camara Wilkins

13. "We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it." ― Donald Horban

14. “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

15. It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." ― J.R.R. Tolkien

16. "When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls." ― Gail Blanke

17. "Clutter is a weight that has built on top of you so gradually, you don't even realize anymore that is it holding you down." ― Mary Johanson

18. "Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions." ― Barbara Hemphill

19. “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” ― Francine Jay

5 Bonus Quotes to Motivate You to Declutter

If it doesn't matter because you don't need it, want it, or use it, then let it go. Here are five bonus quotes about simplifying, minimizing, and decluttering to encourage you to change how you think about the things you own.

1. "Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." ― Leo Babuta

2. "Minimalism is about intentionality, not deprivation." ― D. Stojanivic

3. "External clutter is internal clutter on display." ― Unknown

4. "Nobody ever said, "I regret decluttering." ― Unknown

5. "Clutter smothers. Simplicity breathes." ― Terry Guillemets


Decluttering changed me. I don't miss what I no longer have. I changed my life by letting go of things that weren't making life any better or happier. In fact, I now believe I never really needed all that stuff to begin with. I'm happier today with less.

I hope these quotes inspire you to declutter your life too.

Which quote inspired you the most? Please feel free to email me at anita (@) simplelife365.com and let me know.


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