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“There Is a Charm, Even for Homely Things, in Perfect Maintenance.”

“There is a charm, even for homely things, in perfect maintenance.” – Louis Auchincloss, The House of Five Talents Agree, disagree? I feel this very strongly myself, and I write about it quite a lot in The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Well-made, suitable tools make work a joy; keeping things in their proper places makes a place seem …


“Old Rubbish! Old Letters, Old Clothes, Old Objects that One Does Not Want to Throw Away.”

“Oh! Old rubbish! Old  letters, old clothes, old objects that one does not want to throw away. How well nature has understood that, every year, she must change her leaves, her flowers, her fruit and her vegetables, and make manure out of the mementos of her year!” –Jules Renard, Journal Do you feel that getting rid of “old rubbish” helps …


Do You Fall for Any of These Common Clutter-Clearing Myths?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day (or Quiz Day or List Day). This Wednesday: Do you fall for any of these twelve myths about clutter? This post is back by popular demand. One of my great realizations about happiness (and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists) is that for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. More, really, than …


Secret of Adulthood: Keep It Simple–But Not Too Simple.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   I often have to remind myself of this Secret of Adulthood. I have a tendency to want to sweep everything away, to toss out, to throw everything overboard, in order to simplify my life. But, I remind myself, many of the things that make me happiest are things that complicate my life. I tell myself: …


Sometimes a Treat Doesn’t Look Like a Treat.

I embrace treats but I’m also very wary of treats. Treats help us feel energized, appreciated, and enthusiastic–but very often, the things we choose as “treats” aren’t good for us. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt, loss of control, and other negative consequences just deepen the lousiness of the day. An extra glass of wine, an …