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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 …


A Surprising Happiness Booster? Cleaning My Office.

One of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood: Outer order contributes to inner calm. Clutter seems like a trivial matter, but I always find that I feel more serene and cheerful if my apartment and office aren’t too messy. Along those lines, I’ve learned from my happiness project to be wary whenever I have the urge to “treat” myself, because often …


Overwhelmed? 9 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Home Feeling Serene and Organized.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. Feeling overwhelmed? Nine tips for keeping your home feeling serene and organized. Because of the subject of my next book, Happier at Home, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about—you guessed it!—how to be happier at home. Here are a few very simple suggestions. These aren’t the most profound things you can do …


“I Can’t Get Rid of My Stuff.”

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year — and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, …


In Which I’m Embarrassed to Admit How Happy a Certain Clutter-Clearing Move Made Me.

In my study of happiness, one thing that has surprised me is the disproportionate effect of clutter. In the context of a happy life, clutter seems trivial — yet over and over, I see how drained I am by the presence of clutter, and how cheered I am when I get clutter under control. One of my Secrets of Adulthood …