Cleaning Sayings and Quotes

Whether you’re a Marie Kondo convert or prefer the 20/10 method, cleaning is a necessary, but not always exciting chore. Get motivated to tidy up with our collection of wise and humorous cleaning quotes below.


Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard.     

Margaret Culkin Banning

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

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

Marie Kondo

Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.     

Laurence J. Peter

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

Phyllis Diller

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

Joleigh Little

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

Thelma Harper

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

Rose Macaulay

You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty.     

Cecil Baxter

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

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

unknown

A man thinks all dust stays outdoors.     

Ernest Vincent Wright

Sweeping only moves the dust somewhere else.     

Marty Rubin

A spotless house is a sign of a misspent life.     

unknown

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

Irish Saying

Cleanliness is next to impossible.     

unknown

Cleaning and organizing is a practice not a project.     

Meagan Francis

Excuse the mess, but we live here.     

Roseanne Barr

Dogs do not grasp the concept of house cleaning.     

Dave Barry

A clean house is the sign of a boring person.     

unknown

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

Terri Guillemets