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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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Got the Urge to Do Some Spring-Cleaning? Avoid These 5 Classic Mistakes.

May 26th, 2016

Episode 277 of 399 episodes

It’s spring! (In my part of the world, at least.) And with spring comes the urge to do some spring-cleaning. The warmer weather and the fresh breezes make me want my home to feel orderly, spacious, and clean. So far, I’ve tackled three kitchen cabinets, a closet, and my pile of white t-shirts. It feels great. One of the things about happiness that continually surprises me is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, and inner self-command. I write about this connection in Better Than Before, in The Happiness Project, and in Happier at Home. (All New York Times bestsellers, I can’t resist adding). This connection fascinates me; in the context of a happy life, a crowded coat closet or an overflowing in-box is trivial, and yet such things weigh us down more than they should. And clearing clutter is so energizing and cheering! I’ve learned the hard way, however, to avoid these classic mistakes during spring-cleaning, or clutter-clearing generally: 1. Don’t get organized. When you’re facing a desk swamped in papers, or a closet bursting with clothes, or counter-tops littered with piles of random objects, don’t say to yourself, “I need ... The post Got the Urge to Do Some Spring-Cleaning? Avoid These 5 Classic Mistakes. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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