33 ‘Too Much Stuff’ Quotes That Will Motivate You To Toss The Clutter

Sometimes it’s just so hard to make decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of. If you’re struggling with too many things taking up too much space in your home or office, motivation can help. Along with solid decluttering tips, quotes about having too much stuff might be exactly what you need.

Stop feeling like you’re drowning in stuff and take back control of your space with inspiration from these ‘too much stuff’ quotes today!

Too much stuff piled on dresser and in drawers against woven-look grass cloth background.

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How To Use Too Much Stuff Quotes For Motivation

Purging clutter starts with your mindset, so anything you can do that inspires you to work on tossing the excess stuff is a must — and that includes reading plenty of great declutter quotes.

But don’t just read them… put them to use and make them work for you!

Use them as journal prompts

Use too much stuff quotes to fuel that fire!

Can you imagine how motivated you’ll feel to start purging your stuff after spending 10 minutes writing about the way it makes you feel? I think you’ll be amazed at the clarity that will come from this one simple activity.

Keep them front and center

Use your favorite quotes about purging stuff to create inspirational artwork. 

  • You could practice your lettering to copy the ‘stuff quotes’ that mean the most to you. 
  • Create something with your Cricut that incorporates your favorite decluttering quote.  
  • Write a quote in the center of a page, then mind-map what it means to you and add doodles to decorate the page.
  • Frame your creation or keep it in your planner for constant inspiration.

Try it out… having those words in front of you and reading them frequently throughout the day might be just what you need to stay on track with your goals and daily decluttering tasks.

Best Quotes About Having Too Much Stuff

“It is not good to have TOO MUCH of anything.”
— Andrew Clements

“I decided to break the trend of accumulating stuff sooner rather than later. I moved to smaller homes ahead of my need. I downsized before I was forced to do so. I sorted and dispersed my things while I had the energy and the ability to either donate or sell my stuff.”
— Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.


Dorothy Draper quote about too much of anything in black text on pinky-peach background.

“Too much of anything is the beginning of a mess.”
— Dorothy Draper

“It’s better to have extra time on your hands and extra money in your pocket than extra stuff in your closet.”
— Joshua Becker

“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”
— Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

“There is too much too much too much of everything. We have enough too. More than enough. We’ve had enough.”
— Elfriede Jelinek


Katrina Mayer quote about getting rid of clutter in dark pink text on gray background.

“Get rid of clutter and you may just find that it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for.”
— Katrina Mayer

“The truth is most of us don’t have an organization problem; we have an own-too-much-stuff-problem.”
— Zoë Kim, Why Families Need Minimalism

“Clothes are just like friends, you want quality, not quantity.”
— Unknown

“Here’s the thing. No matter how many possessions you have, you never feel secure. As soon as you get one thing, there’s always something else you ‘need.’ And also, you have the added problem of worrying about losing the stuff you already have.”
— Karen Kingston, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui


Bill Vaughan too much excess is chaos quote in black text on lavender background.

“Life is about balance, too much excess is chaos.”
— Bill Vaughan

“Clutter smothers, simplicity breathes.”
— Terry Guillemets

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
— Wendell Berry, Farming: A Hand Book (poetry)

“An excess of hoarded wealth is the death of many.”
— Juvenal

“Your home is living space, not storage space.”
— Francine Jay


Edna Ferber too much of everything quote in black text on beige background.

“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.”
— Edna Ferber

“The point is, you need to distinguish between what honestly moves you and what the world is telling you should melt your heart. If something doesn’t reach you on a personal level, let it go. It’s hard enough dealing with everything that does.”
— Judi Culbertson, The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams

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

“Everything in excess is opposed to nature.”
— Hippocrates

“For the longest time, I thought I needed to be more organized. Now I know I just needed less stuff.”
— Alysa Bajenaru


Courtney Carver too much stuff quote in black text on pinky-orange background.

“If you have to buy stuff to store your stuff, you might have too much stuff.”
— Courtney Carver, Be More With Less

“Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Clutter. Even the word feels heavy when you say it. We’ve become consumed by stuff and so inundated by things that we almost have nowhere to turn.”
— Kerri L. Richardson, What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You: Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life

“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
— Unknown


Geralin Thomas confusion and clutter quote in orange text on blue background.

“Having too much of anything results in chaos, confusion and clutter.”
— Geralin Thomas, Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

“The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“Anything in excess is a poison.”
— Theodore Levitt

“As I am both lazy and forgetful, I can’t take proper care of too many things. That’s why I want to cherish properly the things I love.”
— Marie Kondo


Julie Hage too much stuff brings regrets quote in black text on turquoise and white background.

“Having too much stuff doesn’t bring happiness — it sometimes brings regrets.”
— Julie Hage

“If you want to improve your life, stop buying too much stuff. And you will be thankful for your decision later.”
— Unknown

“I hold this as a rule of life: too much of anything is bad.”
— Terence

“Minimalism as a lifestyle is an art of letting go.”
— Alireza B. Sani

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Next Steps… 

Now that you’ve read these quotes about too much stuff and started to feel some inspiration, it’s time to get to work!

Don’t tackle all of your clutter at once, but set aside about 10 minutes per day to do a slow declutter

Begin with the area that will make the biggest positive difference in your life.

As you work through each area of your home, you will let go of the burden that excess stuff puts on you, your space, and your family. 

You’ve got this!


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