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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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Are You Clutter-Blind? Or Do You Know Someone Who Is?

May 13th, 2016

Episode 268 of 397 episodes

One thing that continues to surprise me about the nature of good habits and happiness is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. More, really, than it should. In the context of life of a happy life, something like a crowded coat closet or an overflowing in-box seems trivial—and it is trivial—and yet I find that I get a disproportionate charge of energy and good cheer from clearing clutter. An orderly environment makes me feel more in control of my life, and if this is an illusion, it’s a helpful illusion. Many people feel that way, and even people who thrive on a little chaos tend to have a limit, and enjoy orderliness to some degree. Oblivious to Clutter However, there’s a group of people who seem oblivious to clutter. They don’t appear to see it at all. Just as some people are color-blind, these folks are clutter-blind. “Clutter-blind” doesn’t apply to the people who can stand to see dirty dishes scattered around, because they know if they wait, a spouse will collect the dishes — perhaps complaining all the while; see these crucial facts about shared work. The fact is, very often, people in a couple ... The post Are You Clutter-Blind? Or Do You Know Someone Who Is? appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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