Quotes about Mental & Emotional Clutter

Welcome to my page of quotations about mental and emotional clutter and the mind-burdens of physical clutter. Clutter makes me anxious in all its varieties, and I’m constantly striving towards more simplicity in all facets of life yet keep trapping myself in webs of complexity. I greatly admire people who have mastered the powers of minimalism and mind-decluttering.  SEE ALSO:  Having Too Much Stuff, Decluttering & Getting Rid of Stuff, Organizing & Storage, Good Clutter, Clutter & Simplicity  —ღ Terri

Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. ~Terri Guillemets, “Simple–minded,” 1993

Clutter is found in so many shapes and sizes. We can find it on our kitchen tables, under our beds, in our cars, and in our heads. ~Katrina Mayer, KatrinaMayer.com, 2013

The real cost of keeping things is the amount of thought you put in their keeping. If you will keep an old bedstead or bureau, or anything else you never have any use for, and pick it about with you at every house-moving, and put study and calculation as to the place it shall occupy, and worry then because it takes room which you need for everyday purposes, you are putting from time to time force enough on a (to you) useless article which, if properly directed, would buy a hundred new bureaus. In this way does this, the blind desire of mere keeping and hoarding, keep many people poor, and even makes paupers. ~“Sunday Readings, Selected by Bishop Vincent,” The Chautauquan, 1895

Garbage clutters the house that has no dream. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2012

It is easier to be happy when you are not surrounded by the confusion and the clutter of life. ~David Baird, A Thousand Paths to Happiness, 2000

As with the advent of spring cleaning we clear out of our houses the things no longer useful to us, why not at the same time relieve our minds of worthless rubbish? ~Emily Tolman, “Seasonable Suggestions,” 1907

Don’t let house or garden climb on your back and stick there. And unclutter your mind from any idea that you have to do a thousand things before other people do them. ~American Home, 1945

Worry is wasting today’s time cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles. ~Author unknown

The time when most people’s clutter surfaces is when they move, and one reason why moving feels like such hard work is that in the process of packing you sort through all your things and decide what you want to take with you and what you don’t. You have to deal with all the mental and emotional connections to each object, which can be exhausting. ~Karen Kingston, “Clearing Clutter,” Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, 1996

I will not make a scrapbasket of my mind. ~Anonymous, c. 1907

There is something immensely therapeutic about clearing your clutter. The reason is that while you are clearing things on an external level, there is a corresponding change going on internally too… Being clear of clutter is one of the greatest aids I know to manifesting the life you want, and it is absolutely essential if you truly want to know joy and happiness in your life. ~Karen Kingston, “Clearing Clutter,” Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, 1996

The fullest use of time does not mean that we should live our lives under forced draft, make sweatshops of our minds, or keep our nerves taut. The real purpose of learning to employ every minute properly is to unclutter our hours, deliver us of feverish activity, and earn us true leisure. Often it is not the things we do but the things we don’t get done that weary us. ~Robert R. Updegraff, “Time for Everything,” in The Rotarian, 1942

I have found that the temple of the undistracted mind must be housed in an uncluttered environment. A basement or garret is invaluable, but they, too, must be uncluttered, even though they hold many essential things used only occasionally… ~American Home, 1945

Eliminating clutter is much more than taking out the garbage every night. Clutter is sneaky and appears both physically and mentally. The physical clutter is usually easier to clean up, while the mental clutter can be more of a challenge, but often they go hand in hand. Either way, you need to clean up your environment and your mind in order to have the peace that keeps you feeling young… There is also environmental clutter outside our homes that is disconcerting. We are cluttering the planet with so many “things.” ~Katrina Mayer, KatrinaMayer.com, 2013

The emotional weight of clutter crushes our souls and our lives. ~Terri Guillemets

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling. ~Orison Marden  [Multitasking and being too busy are time clutter! —tg]

Self-reflection is the first step to decluttering because it’s not about the stuff. ~Emily Rooney, unverified

Emotional & Mental Clutter Quotations
Original post date: 2004 Dec 31
1st major revision: 2016 Feb 20
2nd major revision: 2019 Dec 7
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