From Further Secrets of Adulthood: Outer order contributes to inner calm.
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.
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.
A friend once told me, "I finally cleaned out my fridge, and now I know I can switch careers" -- and I knew exactly how that felt.
A good clutter-clearing makes me feel more energetic, more creative, and more in command of myself. And I know where my keys are!
Do you agree -- that there's a weirdly tight connection between getting control of the stuff of life and feeling in control of your life, generally?
UPDATE: I wrote a new book about how to de-clutter and organize to make more room for happiness. Order Outer Order, Inner Calm here.
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