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 my treats don’t make me happy in the long run. For instance, one of my “treats” is to let piles of papers, clothes, books, and dishes pile up–which ends up making me feel less happy.
In fact, when I want to calm myself, or cheer myself up, I often take an hour and clean my office.
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