11 Inspirational Quotes About Organization

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Image of a forest and the phrase, 11 Inspirational Quotes About OrganizationWhether you’re halfway through an organizing project, or are taking your first steps towards a more organized life, it can be helpful to have some inspiration tucked away in your back pocket.    

The truth is, you won’t always feel like putting things back where they belong.

You won’t always feel like tidying up, or spending time tackling that decluttering project.

But that’s perfectly okay.

After all, you’re only human.

All you can do is continue on, even when things get rough, frustrating, or annoying.

And sometimes what you may need the most is a little break, so you can refocus your efforts, and get back on track.

In this post, I present a collection of quotes about planning and organizing.

Some quotes directly relate to the act of organizing items, while others are more reflective, amusing, and food for thought.


It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

-Earl Nightingale

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.

-A. A. Milne

A year from now you may wish you had started today.

-Karen Lamb

For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.

-Benjamin Franklin

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

-Anatole France

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

-Arthur Ashe

Good order is the foundation of all things.

-Edmund Burke

Once you have a clear picture of your priorities – that is your values, goals and high leverage activities, organize around them.

-Stephen Covey

A good system shortens the road to the goal.

-Orison Swett Marden

Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

How about you? Which of these quotes resonates with you the most? Do you have a favorite quote about organization that isn’t listed here? If so, what is it? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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