Welcome to my page of quotations about clutter and simplicity —or, simply don’t bring too much stuff home in the first place. Have less stuff. Think before you own.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~William Morris, lecture, 1880
Collect moments, not things. ~Author unknown
Clutter smothers. Simplicity breathes. ~Terri Guillemets, “More room, more thought,” 2005
The more you have, the more you dust! ~Robin Bastian, neatnestorganizing.com, 2014
Have Less. Dust Less. Live More. ~Robin Bastian, neatnestorganizing.com, 2014
Of course we all have a great many things in our homes that are a sort of accidental accumulation that we cannot throw away, nor do not wish to, but we may at least be very careful to make a wise selection when we place anything new in the house… We all have things about our houses that we have become so accustomed to that we do not know whether they are good or bad… Of course I am telling you no new thing when I say that we are inclined to have too many things. If we turn again to our classic standards it would be hard to imagine the accumulation of inharmonious objects from one of our rooms in the place of a few simple ones that adorned a classic interior. ~Alice Helm French, “Art in the Home and the School,” in Primary Education, 1898 [Context note: This is actually about decor rather than clutter, per se, but it just describes so well our modern American clutteritis I had to use it here.
Clutter smothers joy, while simplicity liberates it. Clutter makes life complicated, heavy, and wearisome. Simplicity makes life relaxed, carefree, and invigorating. ~Tommy Newberry, “Cut the Clutter,” 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life: Living the 4:8 Principle, 2012
The goal of life: simple but not empty. ~Terri Guillemets
Clutter & Simplicity Quotations
Original post date: 2016 Feb 20
1st major revision: 2019 Dec 7
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