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How to Use Quick, Easy Habits to Create and Maintain Outer Order.
In my study of happiness, I've realized that for most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. Easy, quick, regular habits make it possible to manage possessions before they accumulate into clutter. My new book Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness offers tips and strategies for tackling clutter.

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Outer order contributes to inner calm

Outer order contributes to inner calm

And it’s far easier to keep up than to catch up, and with the right habits, clutter never accumulates.

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The Strategy of Convenience

The Strategy of Convenience

Make it as easy as possible to maintain order:

  • Use hooks instead of hangers. 
  • Have abundant waste baskets.
  • Clear out everything you don't need, don't use, or don't l...

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The Strategy of Clarity

The Strategy of Clarity

Know exactly what you expect:

  • Have an exact place for items (keys, sunglasses, batteries, etc.)
  • Know who's responsible for what task. Avoid the  problem of sha...

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The Strategy of Scheduling

The Strategy of Scheduling

 Set aside time to create order:

  • Do any task that can be finished in less than one minute, without delay.
  • Make a list of all the tasks you’d like to accomplish, and once a w...

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The Strategy of the Clean Slate

The Strategy of the Clean Slate

Take advantage of new beginnings to foster outer order:

  • Clear before you move. Moving is a great opportunity to clear clutter.
  • If you're not moving, make a mock mo...

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The Strategy of Pairing

The Strategy of Pairing

Pair an activity you like to do or must do with creating outer order:

  • Listen to a podcast while you're creating outer order (doing laundry, returning files to their places)
  • When ...

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Priming the Environment

Whenever you organize a space for its intended purpose, you are priming it to make the next action easy. This is one of the most practical and simple ways to improve your habits.

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  • To draw more: Put your pencils, pens, notebooks, and drawing tools on top of your desk, within easy reach.
  • To exercise more: Set out your workout clothes, shoes, gym bag, and water bottle ahead of time.
  • To improve your diet: Chop up a ton of fruits and vegetables on weekends and pack them in containers, so you have easy access to healthy, ready-to-eat options during the week.

Make bad behaviors difficult

If you watch too much television, unplug it after each use. Only plug it back in if you can say out loud the name of the show you want to watch. (Which prevents you from turning on Netflix and “just finding something” to watch.) This setup creates just enough friction to prevent mindless viewing.

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  • It’s more sustainable.
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  • It’s lower in stress.
  • It’s less expensive and less debt.
  • It’s less cleaning and maintaining.
  • There’s more room for creating, for loved ones, for peace, for doing the things that give you joy.
  • There’s more time for getting healthy.