Happiness comes about in many ways and in many forms. Who knew one of those ways was being clutter-free?
When it comes to order in the house, there’s something I always notice in an organized, clutter-free home – the space looks happy. It actually seems to smile at me when I walk into it. And it’s that sort of feeling in a space that rubs off on people in it.
Dr. Joseph Mercola listed 22 positive habits of happy people and among the list was “live minimal.”
“Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind. “
Clutter, to me, is synonymous with chaos. They go hand in glove. And where there’s chaos, there’s a degree of unrest.
The first time I organized one of my messy dresser drawers was proof that even a small space could make me happy. I had transformed my jumbled teeshirts into folded rows of color and it actually smiled at me when I opened the drawer. Seriously, a big smile greeted me when I opened it.
Now, imagine what a larger space would do for your well being if it were de-cluttered and tidy? I’d say, the larger the space, the more it will have an affect on you.
Without fail, every time I organize someone’s space from a cluttered mess to a tranquil clutter-free space, I see really big smiles on them. And smiles spell happiness.
The smiles that came from the organized living room above were huge. And all it took was a clutter-cleanup (and a bit of re-arranging).
Try looking at magazines with really cool rooms decorated with a light touch of decor. I bet you smile inside at some of those spaces, yes? Makes you feel somewhat happy, right?
The same goes for real spaces that you’re physically in.
Try it, if you haven’t already!