Quotes about the Good Kind of Clutter

Welcome to my page of quotations about the good type of clutter, having a little clutter around being okay, and striking a balance between too much and emptiness.  SEE ALSO:  Having Too Much Stuff, Decluttering & Getting Rid of Stuff, Mental & Emotional Clutter, Organizing & Storage, Clutter & Simplicity  —ღ Terri

Creative clutter is better than idle neatness. ~Author unknown  [Another version I’ve seen is “Creative clutter is better than tidy idleness.” —tg]

I am never five minutes into stripping the clutter from my life before I start running into the clutter that is my life. ~Robert Brault, 2011

If you are fortunate enough to have room for it, a SOMEDAY pile is a good idea too. You need a place where the boys in your family can pile their old lawn-mower motors, bicycle wheels, scraps of lumber — the various parts that will, perhaps, “someday” make a go-cart, a chariot or a space ship. Such a junk collection can be as important as the decluttered part of the house, but it must be confined or it will grow when you are not looking at it. ~Alice Skelsey, The Working Mother’s Guide to Her Home, Her Family, and Herself, 1970

Happiness is a place between too little and too much. ~Finnish proverb

I love Pinterest. It’s electronic hoarding without the clutter. ~Internet meme, c. 2013

Sometimes clean feels empty. A bit of clutter and dirt gladdens the heart and affirms a life in progress. ~Terri Guillemets, “Moving out, moving in, moving on,” 2011

Sometimes you have to remove the clutter from your life to realize that you need the clutter. ~Robert Brault, 2017

A little clutter is good for a child’s mind. It makes the child feel comfortable and at home; it eliminates hesitancy, the fear of touching something that shouldn’t be touched, the fear of being wrong. Materials with which to learn are always at arms reach. It means you’re learning all the time. ~Christopher Torockio, “Conservation,” The Truth at Daybreak, 2007

Good Clutter Quotations
Original post date: 2011 Sep 5
1st major revision: 2016 Feb 20
2nd major revision: 2019 Dec 7
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