89+ Best Cleaning Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational cleaning quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Cleaning Quotes

Eric moved the broom experimentally and made an attempt to sweep the glass into the pan while it lay in the middle of the floor. Of course, the pan slid away. — Eric scowled.

I’d finally found something Eric did poorly. — Charlaine Harris

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. —Phyllis Diller

If you can’t clean up after yourself… There’s no need for you to mess things up… And expect another person to clean up behind you. — Unknown

Instead of communicating “I love you, so let me make life easy for you,” I decided that my message needed to be something more along these lines: “I love you. I believe in you. I know what you’re capable of. So, I’m going to make you work. — Kay Wills Wyma

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. —Erma Bombeck

Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. — Unknown

Excuse the mess, but we live here. — Roseanne Barr

I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on. — Roseanne Barr

A man thinks all dust stays outdoors. — Ernest Vincent Wright

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? — Erma Bombeck

There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse. — Quentin Crisp

Dogs do not grasp the concept of house cleaning. — Dave Barry

Perfectionism means that you try not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived. — Anne Lamot

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. — Erma Bombeck

Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard. — Margaret Culkin Banning

Sometimes I want to clean up my desk and go out and say, “Respect me; I’m a respectable grown-up!” and other times I just want to jump into a paper bag and shake and bake myself to death. — Wendy Wasserstein

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. — Agatha Christie

We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself – your own house – which we never do. — Marina Abramovic

Her mind is a mess, and she has no intention of cleaning today. — Alfa H

You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty. — Cecil Baxter

A clean house is the sign of a boring person. — Unknown

The combination of ammonia and chloride can be lethal, but I’ve discovered it can work miracles as long as you keep telling yourself, “I want to love, I want to live…. — David Sedaris

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors. — Bette Midler

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. — A.A. Milne

Sweeping only moves the dust somewhere else. — Marty Rubin

…I have to go home and get a few things done. If I don’t get out the Pledge soon, the dust bunnies are going to be leaving tracks on my furniture… — Carla Foft

There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running. — Robert Brault

A spotless house is a sign of a misspent life. — Unknown

The house was clean, scrubbed and immaculate, curtains washed, windows polished, but all as a man does it – the ironed curtains did not hang quite straight and there were streaks on the windows and a square showed on the table when a book was moved. — John Steinbeck

I like upright vacuums. I think canisters are like dragging a dead pig through the house on the end of a rope. — Don Aslett

Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day. — Simone de Beauvoir

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

A new broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows the corners. — Irish Saying

Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest. — Radhika Mundra

With all her finesse for cleaning, Snag sometimes felt that her biggest contribution to mankind was making a mess of things. — Seré Prince Halverson

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

I always clean before the cleaning lady comes. If not, when I come home, I can’t find anything. Cleaning ladies are always hiding things you leave out. — Celia Cruz

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment. — Marie Kondo

I don’t think hoarders prefer squalor. Rather, I’d theorize that when yucky things happen, for some the attachment to objects is so strong that they must exist in denial rather than confront the cause: the clutter. The hoard. An overabundance of objects with no proper place to go. — Eve O. Schaub

I enjoy the cleaning up—something about the getting of things in order for winter—making the garden secure—a battening down of hatches perhaps… It just feels right. — David Hobson

A bright person can always think of something better to do than housework. — Ruby Lou Barnhill

Cleanliness is next to impossible. — Unknown

Your inner critic is a loving liar. — Kerri L. Richardson

I gladly gave my aunt the privilege of scraping off all gum, so my job wasn’t as interesting or horrifying. I did find a few more menu drawings–a baby’s scribble, an elaborate tic-tac-toe board, and some stretched out stick figures that made me miss Addie again. — Kate Willis

At worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived. — Rose Macaulay

Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture. — Mario Buatta

Cleaning and organizing is a practice not a project. — Meagan Francis

To be happy keep the treasures and throw out the trash. — Stephen Inoue

I was taught that the most hardworking nurse is found at the dirtiest part of the clinical ward. — Israelmore Ayivor

For a woman to get a rewarding sense of total creation by way of the multiple monotonous chores that are her daily lot would be as irrational as for an assembly line worker to rejoice that he had created an automobile because he tightened a bolt. — Edith Mendel Stern

Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean. — Laurence J. Peter

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

Every aspect of your life is anchored energetically in your living space, so clearing clutter can completely transform your entire existence. — Karen Kingston

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice; it is merely a custom. — Mark Twain

My favorite way of getting out of doing chores is by acting like I’m asleep. But it never works. — Devon Werkheiser

Nature abhors a vacuum. And so, do I. — Anne Gibbons

Sometimes clean feels empty. A bit of clutter and dirt gladdens the heart and affirms a life in progress. — Terri Guillemets

A mass of mixed-up jumbled, unlike objects is clutter. — Michelle Passof

That’s the only thing you can do with a mess. Start cleaning it up, a little at a time. — Lisa Wingate

Have you ever taken anything out of the clothes basket because it had become, relatively, the cleaner thing? —Katherine Whitehorn

If you have debt, I’m willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too. — Suze Orman

Excuse the mess, but we live here. — Roseanne Barr

I think homes that are too tidy, neat and sparse look like nothing interesting is going on. — Shelley Malec Vitale

Some men are so indoctrinated that they sincerely believe that other than cooking and cleaning the only thing that a woman can do better than them is being a woman. — Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Housekeeping ain’t no joke. — Louisa May Alcott

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance? —Phyllis Diller

Housekeeping is like being caught in a revolving door. — Marcelene Cox

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. — Phyllis Diller

The thoughts could easily paralyze her, and she needed to be sharp. She needed a plan. For now, it was easier to do something useful with her hands. Cleaning had kept her busy all those lonely years in the castle. It could keep her busy again for another few hours. — Jen Calonita

My maid never sweeps under the bed, so I asked her to do so today. Found a pen, three pairs of shoes and the man I had lost two years ago. — Sanhita Baruah

Housework, if you do it right, can kill you. — Erma Bombeck

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it. — Evan Esar

If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies.” —Phyllis Diller

Cleaning with children in the house really is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. — Joleigh Little

A man’s earthly possessions are in one of two places – the place he left them in or the place his significant other moved them to without telling him. — Stewart Stafford

She hated cleaning up after making something. — Patricia Highsmith

I’m eighteen years behind in my ironing. There’s no use doing it now, it doesn’t fit anybody I know. — Phyllis Diller

Housework is like cleaning fish. No matter how often you do it, it still stinks. — Thelma Harper

It is true that clutter cleaning helps us release mental energy that makes us feel better. But decluttering also has a positive impact on the quality of the space. — Michelle Passoff

Too many things in too small a space cut off flow, block creativity, and bury beauty, much like a bad cold can make it hard to breathe. Remove things from this space today. — Laura Staley

Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization. — Ann Oakley

I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. — Joan Rivers

At worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived. — Rose Macaulay

In taking a bath one is admitting he is dirty. In humility, he strips off all dignity and return as-was-born for natural cleaning. — Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

Tragedy cleans the windows of the soul by washing away the bias of our lives in the detergent of pain. — Craig D. Lounsbrough

I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you’re going to be lazy. — Shirley Conran

If a cow walked into this room, I’d probably walk out. I could milk it, but my dad never forced me to do a lot of chores like that, mostly because he loved doing it himself. — Stuart Appleby

More fundamentally, it is a dream that does not die with the onset of manhood: the dream is to play endlessly, past the time when you are called home for dinner, past the time of doing chores, past the time when your body betrays you past time itself. — John Thorn

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