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Happiness Found in a Clutter-Clearing Move

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 for clutter is: Put things away near where they want to be.

When I find myself moving an item from Point A to Point C, over and over, it’s time to figure out if we can store it at Point A or at least at Point B. Instead of storing my husband’s overnight bag with the rest of the luggage, which was inconvenient, we decided that it “belonged” in the bedroom closet. Instead of sitting out in the hallway for days at a time, for various family members to trip over, it gets stowed without delay.

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Happiness Found in a Clutter-Clearing Move

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  1. I enjoyed this article. Makes sense. And I have a great time doing my own clutter clearing!

  2. Thanks Gretchen! “Putting things away where they want to be” has changed my life! Sounds dramatic, but it’s true. It took me awhile because my hubby likes to put things away as quickly as possible which hasn’t always worked well for us. He’s a “sweep it under the carpet” kind of guy. But I’ve almost managed to get both of us thinking a little more logically when we tidy up!


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