Inspiring Quotes For Your Decluttering and Organizing Project

By Pamela Wong

Pamela is a Trained Professional Organizer based in Oakville, Ontario and is the owner of Zen N Organized. She helps homeowners and small business owners transform their homes and home offices into organized spaces. She has a practical, non-judgemental approach to organizing. Her objective is to create functional and harmonious spaces for her clients.

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Running an organizing consulting business has given me the opportunity to help many clients with their homes and small offices.


My clients are always happy to see the results, but during the decluttering and organizing process, many of them felt overwhelmed from time to time and I needed to be there to provide support.  Giving them encouragement by using some of the quotes listed in this blogpost help motivate them.


Perhaps you will also find a quote in here to feel inspired, to get you started, to help you jump over the hurdle, or to simply confirm that you are on the right path to a balanced, Zen life.


“The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

~J.P. Morgan


“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way.  If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

~ Jen Sincero


“Procrastination will delay your dreams.”

~Vex King


“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

~Michael Jordan


“Everything you have ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear.”

~George Addair


“By changing nothing, nothing changes.”

~Tony Robbins


“The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance.”

~Duane Elgin


“Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

~William Morris


“What I know for sure is that when you declutter – whether it’s on 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


“Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or drawer that you have forgotten its existence? If things had feelings, they would certainly not be happy. Free them from the prison to which you have relegated them. Help them leave that deserted isle to which you have exiled them.”

~Marie Kondo


“The Future Starts Today, Not Tomorrow.”

~Pope John Paul II 


“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and the habits decide their futures.”

~ F.M. Alexander


“Love people, use things because the opposite never works.”

~ The Minimalists – Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus


“If you cannot decide, the answer is no.”

~Naval Ravikant


“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”

~Charlie Chaplin


“It always seems impossible, until it is done.”

~Nelson Mandela


“Keep it simple and do the work.”

~Michele Quan


“You will face many defeats in life but never let yourself be defeated.”

~ Maya Angelou


“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”

~William James


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

~ Walt Disney


“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson


“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”

~Tony Robbins


“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

~ Jim Rohn


“Step out of your comfort zone and face your fears.  Growth takes place when you are challenged, not when you are comfortable.”

~Vex King


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

~Lao Tzu


“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.”

~Elon Musk


“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”



“The bigger the ‘why’, the easier the ‘how’.”

~Jim Rohn


“Learn from the mistakes of others…you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.”



“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.”

~ Dale Carnegie


“Everyone must choose one of two pains:  The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

~Jim Rohn


“Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.”

~Roy T. Bennett


“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”

~Dalai Lama


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.


“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”

~Jim Rohn


“Just think of any negativity that comes at you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss.”

~Maherishi Mahesh Yogi


“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”

~Mohammed Ali


“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”

~Robin Sharma


“The future depends on what you do.”

~Mahatma Gandhi


Whether you have yet to begin your project, you have just started decluttering, you are in the thick of things and feel stuck, or you have almost completed your organizing mission, I have compiled these thought provoking quotes to inspire and encourage you.

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