A Clean Desk

Today is Day 3 of my 31 Days of Happiness Hacks!

Happiness Hack #3: A Clean DeskToday’s a quick one, friends.

I’ve learned through my research, reading, and personal experience that cleaning up one counter, drawer or shelf is a great little happiness boost. Gretchen Rubin (of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before – two of my favorite happiness books) writes about how outer order contributes to inner calm:

One of my great realizations about happiness (and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists) is that for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. More, really, than it should. After all, in the context of a happy life, a crowded coat closet is trivial. And yet over and over, people tell me, and I certainly find this, myself, that creating order gives a huge boost in energy, cheer, and creativity.
-Gretchen Rubin “Do You Fall for Any of These Common Clutter-Clearing Myths?

My desk, like my brain, is often a chaotic mess of different projects and ideas. So on this Monday morning, I decided to do a Happiness Hack that will make me feel happier all week.

I cleaned my desk.

Because this organizational project ended up taking me a lot longer than I planned (one hour and 46 minutes to be exact), I’m not going to spend as much time writing about it.

I did not follow Rubin’s (good) advice to take just a few minutes, every day, to stay organized. I’m more of an organizing binger – I get on a roll (not very often) and can’t stop myself. Now that my desk is organized, I am motivated to tackle some other disorganized spaces – one drawer or shelf at a time. But not today.

While I was organizing all the piles on my desk, I listened to some of my favorite podcasts. So that’s probably why I ended up doing such a thorough job. Not only was the end result a happiness boost, but even the process was quite fun.

Now I can get to work.

Before (Eek!):

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After (Ahh….):

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This post is part of my 31 Days of Happiness Hacks series for the Write 31 Days Challenge.
Thank you for reading!

Sunshine

I'm blessed to have five great kids (ages 13-23) call me “Mom.” As a summer camp director for the past 30 years, I've also had the privilege of working with thousands of kids, college-age counselors, and parents. I follow the latest research and trends on parenting, education, and children’s development and love to share what I learn!

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