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.     


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


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.     


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

Irish Saying

Cleanliness is next to impossible.     


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.     


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

Terri Guillemets

Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest.     

Radhika Mundra

We dream of having a clean house — but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning?     

Marcus Buckingham

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

Phyllis Diller

A recurring cleaning will make you a happy person.     

Maid Sailors

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.     

Kurt Vonnegut

One shouldn't clean more than necessary; as unsurpassable amount of cleaning; leads to scraping away the oils of nature; the rudiments of color which add loads of vibrancy to life.     

Nikhil Parekh

In the daytime when sweeping and dusting and cleaning were quite at an end, he would sit very still on the doorstep.     

Katherine Mansfield

In the same manner, with all their washing and cleaning they've dirtied. All the troughs of the village, and all the fountains have sullied.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

She prides herself on her cleaning habits.     

Pearl Jam

Cleaning my soul. Flame on burn desire.     

Luther Vandross

Please, I'd rather not see us both get caught with cleaning up that could take years.     

Dwight Yoakam

Cleaning up the world for you and me.     


Cleaning up the mess you left behind.     

Zero 7

Cleaning sweat and tears from your face . Living down on your knees.     

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