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9 Tips for keeping your Home feeling Serene and Organised

For a while now I have been following Gretchen Rubin, who has written several books including an international bestseller – The Happiness Project. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters and on her website www.happiness-project.com she shares her adventures of test-driving theories about how to be happier – she’s the guinea pig that we can learn from!

She has written some tips for when you’re feeling overwhelmed – not hard or difficult things you can do to make your home feel more serene and organised, but simple steps you can take which don’t take that long at all.

1. Be wary of bargains, sales, hand-me-downs and give-away. Do you really need or love this thing? Once the thing enters your home, it will be tough to get it out again.

2. Never label anything “Miscellaneous.”

3. Remember: most decisions don’t require extensive research. Aim to be a satisfier, not a maximizer.

4. Don’t let yourself fall into “empty.” Keep cash in the house. Keep fuel in your tank. Keep an extra roll of toilet paper squirreled away. Keep your phone charged.

5. Don’t keep excessive amounts of anything. Those sachets that come with take-aways. Plastic bags (recycle, re-use or switch to material).

6. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Lower the bar. Actually spending 10 minutes clearing off one shelf is better than fantasising about spending a weekend clearing up the whole house.

7. Clean while you cook (literally and metaphorically).

8. Put things away in a specific place. It’s much easier to find things, and it’s oddly satisfying to slot things into their precise places.

9. Make your bed. It sounds trivial, but it’s a bigger happiness booster than you’d expect.

So if you can try and do one of these nine each day, there will be more serenity and organisation in your home. And as Walt Disney once said: ‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing’.