My Favorite Clutter Quotes

Two things I love...great quotations and clearing clutter! Here are some of my favorite clutter quotes:

"Clutter-clearing is modern-day alchemy."
Denise Linn

"Clutter is stuck energy.
The word "clutter" derives from the Middle English word "clotter,"
which means to coagulate -
and that's about as stuck as you can get."
Karen Kingston

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

"Eliminate physical clutter.
More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter."
D.H. Mondfleur

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know
to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris

"I've been getting rid of some clutter —
anything that doesn't serve a positive purpose in my life —
and making room for things that feel happy to me.
Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be.
I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel.
I get to make the closet as full or as spacious as I want it.
And, if I have more clutter to get rid of after Christmas,
I'm not going to wait a year, or two or three to do it."
Jan Denise

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough."
Author Unknown

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

"The more you have, the more you are occupied.
The less you have, the more free you are."
Mother Teresa

"Clutter is a physical manifestation
of fear that cripples our ability to grow."
H.G. Chissell

"The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away
such parts of the marble block as are not needed -
it is a process of elimination."
Elbert Hubbard

"Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves."
Edwin Way Teale

"If you look at your entire house as one unit of junk,
you'll never do anything because the job is too overwhelming.
Take it one drawer at a time."
Janet Luhrs

"When you have cleared all of your clutter,
you can be of greater service to those around you. "
Michael B. Kitson

"Certain environments, certain modes of life,
and certain rules of conduct are more conducive
to inner and outer harmony than others.
There are, in fact, certain roads that one may follow.
Simplification is one of them."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"To bypass information,
go backpacking in a national park."
Smokey Bear

"Never again clutter your days or nights with
so many menial and unimportant things
that you have no time to accept
a real challenge when it comes along.
This applies to play as well as work.
A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.
You are not here to fritter away your precious hours
when you have the ability to accomplish so much
by making a slight change in your routine.
No more busy work.
No more hiding from success.
Leave time, leave space, to grow.
Not tomorrow!"
Og Mandino

Actors and Clutter Quotes...

"On the whole, I think women wear too much and are too fussy.
You can't see the person for all the clutter."
Julie Andrews (English actress, singer, author)

Clutter Quotes of Artists, Scientists, Inventors...

"Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
Albert Einstein (German theoretical physicist)

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Leonardo DaVinci (Italian painter, sculptor, inventor) 

"A bathroom should be sterile and beautiful and functional.
It should exude Japanese-style purity."
Isaac Mizrahi (fashion designer)

"Less is more."
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (architect)

Clutter Quotes of Writers...

"There is only one success -
to be able to spend your life in your own way."
Christopher Morley (American journalist, novelist)

"I have no time to be in a hurry."
Henry David Thoreau (American author and naturalist)

"Modern life is becoming so full
that we need our own ways of going to the desert
to be relieved of our plenty."
Thomas Moore (Irish poet, songwriter)

"The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life
which is required to be exchanged for it,
immediately or in the long run."
Henry David Thoreau (American author and naturalist)

"Anyone who has ever cleaned out a closet
and taken stuff to Goodwill knows how liberating it is.
You feel lighter, your mind feels clearer."
Cecile Andrews (author and sustainability proponent)

Great Philosophers Share Their Clutter Quotes...

"Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated."
Confucius (Chinese philosopher) 

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm
depend on simplicity."
Plato (Classical Greek philosopher)

"In order to seek one's own direction,
one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life."
Plato (Classical Greek philosopher)

"Most people pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
they hurry right past it."
Soren Kierkegaard (Danish philosopher and theologian)

"I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, and compasson.
These three are your greatest treasures."
Lao-tzu (Chinese philosopher)

Clutter Quotes Can Even Create New Vocabulary...

An acronymn for 'Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome'
WordSpy Website

A noun, meaning a pile of discarded clothes
on the floor of a person's room
(the word is a blend of floor and wardrobe)"
WordSpy Website

A noun, meaning the garbage that accumulates in some cars
(the word is a blend of car and garbage)"
WordSpy Website

A noun, meaning an extreme form of materialism
in which consumers overwork and accumulate high levels of debt
to purchase more goods
(the word is a blend of affluence and influenza)"
WordSpy Website

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