Organization Quotes for Decluttering and Organizing Your Life

Danielle Dahl

Organization is a skill, and to some people, it is almost an art form.

Enjoy these organization quotes to help you get started on decluttering your space and life.

People like Marie Kondo have made a career out of trying to help the rest of us get our crap together.

There are quite a few wonderful organization quotes about organizing your home from Marie and many others.

I try and implement as much organization around my house as possible, but I am just in awe of some of the things people do to declutter and find a home for everything!

Organizing our physical spaces is important to our mental health (you can check out this article about how organizing your bedroom can improve your life).

However, dealing with clutter is not the only way to be organized.

Organized people also have a lot of useful practices that help them achieve their goals.

These organization quotes can help you step up your game and minimize stress if you are a student.

Setting a schedule and making a plan will help you stay organized and more productive.

Some of the most motivational speakers like Peter Drucker and Stephen Covey all weigh in on the importance of organization.

Keep reading for tips on how you live an organized life… or at least, a maybe slightly more organized life!

Don’t forget to also check out our collection of Marie Kondo quotes on organization and life.

If you enjoy this article, check out our most popular quote article, a list of short inspirational quotes for daily motivation. 

Browse our entire collection of inspirational quotes for more motivating ideas and concepts.

Home organization quotes about dealing with clutter

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

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2. “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

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

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4. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ― William Morris

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5. “Imagine yourself living in a space that only contains things that spark joy.” ― Marie Kondo

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6. “A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life-transforming.” ― Marie Kondo

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7. “A place for everything and everything in its place.” ― Mrs. Beeton

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

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9. “If someone doesn’t live with you, neither should their stuff.” ― Monika Kristofferson

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10. “Cleaning and organizing is a practice, not a project.” ― Meagan Francis

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11. “Organizing is a journey, not a destination.” ― Anonymous

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12. “The only difference between a mob and a trained army is organization.” ― Calvin Coolidge

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13. “You can tell if a person is organized by checking his desktop.” ― Ali AlJa’bari

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14. “Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” ― Martha Stewart

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15. “Later is the best friend of clutter.” ― Peter Walsh

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

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17. “I pulled out box after box, setting them haphazardly around the room. My organization lacked something — like, say, organization …” ― Richelle Mead

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18. “Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest.” ― Radhika Mundra

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19. “Owning less is better than organizing more.” ― Joshua Becker

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20. “If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, ‘Who could have done this? We have no enemies.’” ― Phyllis Diller

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

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22. “Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” ― A. A. Milne

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23. “Once you have a clear picture of your priorities – that is your values, goals and high leverage activities, organize around them.” ― Stephen Covey

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24. “A good system shortens the road to the goal.” ― Orison Swett Marden

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25. “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” ― Albert Einstein

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26. “Do first what you don’t want to do most.” ― Clifford Cohen

27. “It’s not just about clearing your desk. It’s about clearing your mind…for more important things.” ― Cynthia Kyriazis

28. “It’s not what you do but what you don’t do – the things you postpone, not the things you accomplish – that make you tired.” ― Donna Otto

29. “The secret to multitasking is that it isn’t actually multitasking. It’s just extreme focus and organization.” ― Joss Whedon

30. “I go through about half a dozen spiral notebooks a year. They are my friends, just like the to-do lists. They keep me organized.” ― David R. Wommack

31. “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” ― Henry Ford

Organization quotes on its importance

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

33. “Good order is the foundation of all things.” ― Edmund Burke

34. “Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

35. “You’ll never get organized if you don’t have a vision for your life.” ― Linda Eubanks

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36. “Life is not found in atoms or molecules or genes as such, but in organization; not in symbiosis but in synthesis.” ― Edwin Grant Conklin

37. “You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.” ― Louise Smith

38. “Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” ― Eleanor Brown

39. “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

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

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

42. “What I know for sure is that when you declutter — whether it’s 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

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43. “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

44. “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” ― Earl Nightingale

45. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe.” ― Anatole France

46. “First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” ― Napolean Hill

47. “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ― Peter Drucker

48. “Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.” ― Christina Scalise

49. “A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.” ― Ann Dillard

50. “Just reviewing this list, these to-dos and dones, her pace quickens; she feels lighter, she feels smarter, she feels in control, she feels alive.” ― Rumaan Alam

Organization Quotes To Encourage Orderliness In Life

51. “Organizing has to be a 12-month endeavor.” — Tom Perez

52. “One of the core organizing principles of my life is that success comes through a delicate balance between making things happen and letting things happen.” — Robin Sharma

53. “Organize your life around your dreams and watch them come true because somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” ― Purba Chakraborty

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54. “With organization comes empowerment.” — Lynda Peterson

55. “Organization isn’t about perfection. It’s about efficiency. Reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” — Christina Scalise

56. “Getting organized is a sign of self-respect.” — Gabrielle Bernstein

57. “Nobody ever said, ‘I regret organizing my house.’” — Alejandra

58. “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” — Nathan W. Morris

59. “Life truly begins when you put your house in order.” — Marie Kondo

60. “Deciding what NOT to do is as important as deciding what to do.” — Steve Jobs

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61. “Organization is not an option; it is a fundamental survival skill and distinct competitive advantage.” — Pam N. Woods

62. “In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention.” — Lou Holtz

63. “The organization of self, and all self-aligning principles would be those that I promote.” — Saul Williams

64. “Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

65. “It is good to have organizations but not to exaggerate their importance out of due proportion.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti

66. “In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success.” — Arthur Helps

67. “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.” — Warren G. Bennis

68. “The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.” — Marcus Aurelius

69. “If an organization produces a document, it should be made public as soon as possible.” — Chelsea Manning

70. “In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is a success.”  — Arthur Helps

What did you learn from these quotes about being organized?

One of the best ways you can help organize your life is to avoid a “bargain.”

I struggle with this because when something is a good deal, I think I need it!

However, most of the time, I really don’t, and chances are, neither do you!

This practice will help you with another way to stay organized which is “keeping only what you need.”

If you can avoid the bargain trap, you will end up with fewer things you have to decide whether to keep or throw away later.

Of course, keeping everything you do have in its place will help you declutter your world as well.

If you are trying to stay organized with tasks, investing in a daily planner is a great idea.

This will help ensure you are writing things down, avoiding procrastination, and staying on schedule.

Having a daily to-do list can help you stay focused and increase your productivity.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these organization quotes and sayings?

What are some of the things you do to stay organized?

Share your tips with us in the comment section below.

Danielle Dahl
Danielle is the Managing Editor for EverydayPower.com. She has a Master's in Management and Leadership and is also a Life Coach. These skills, coupled with her background, both professional and personal, help her write on a variety of topics. This content is centered on team and self-development, trauma, motivation, and other inspirational messages. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. When not writing she can found reading, cooking, and helping others overcome obstacles in their daily lives.
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