Ever feel unhappy in your own home? It’s easy to let the stress of modern life get to us, but by cultivating just a few simple habits, you can actually make yourself happier at home. In just a matter of weeks, you can cultivate 8 simple habits that will transform your home and your life.
1. Make The Bed
Stay with me. Although this doesn’t seem like something that can particularly make your life happier – it is.
This task generally only takes about 3 minutes and is one of the simplest habits you can adopt. There’s something about making the bed that really helps jumpstart the day. There’s also a great feeling of comfort that comes with coming home to a clean, cool, freshly made bed.
Don’t believe me? Just check out what Gretchen Rubin has to say about bed-making in her New York Times Bestseller: The Happiness Project.
2. RAR – Rooms Always Ready
It won’t shock anyone to learn that clutter causes stress. Order, however, creates a greater sense of comfort and peace.
Take just a few minutes each day to make sure that every room of the house is back to “ready” status before you depart it. It only takes about 3 minutes in each room, but is guaranteed to help you keep your home neat and organized.
And what does an organized home equal? Yep. Sheer happiness. (At least if you’re anything like me.)
3. Organized Sentimentality
You can actually cultivate habits through where and how you display and organize items in your home.
When you’re reworking those bookshelves, why not add a few items of sentimental meaning? Place them in prominent positions so that you can see them each day and are reminded of the happy memories they bring. You can make your home a gallery, while simultaneously organizing the things that are important to you in a stylish and comforting way.
That, coupled with your new-found RAR can mean major happiness points.
4. Project Positive Planner
So, if you’re serious about getting organized, you already have a personal planner.
Personal planners are absolutely critical if you are set on keeping your life and your home organized. However, they can also become a major source of inspiration and motivation. Here’s how:
Don’t use your planner just to store dates and times – use it to keep track of happy and positive experiences throughout the day. Leave a few lines blank at the end of each daily entry space. At the end of each day, take a few moments to jot down happy experiences from that day in that space.
As you go back to look through your week, you’ll be reminded that life isn’t all doom, gloom and shadows. More and more, you’ll be reminded of the things that make you happy. The things that you are grateful for.
If your planner doesn’t have the space, try something like The DailyGreatness Journal. This is a personal planner and a mindfulness coach all wrapped up in one. Chocked-full of exercises, it’s the perfect thing to transform your happiness mindset.
5. Don’t Get Out, Get In
This is another great tip from Gretchen Rubin and her book The Happiness Project.
There are things in life that just have to be done. The dishes, for instance, have to be done…one way or the other. So why not just be happy about it?
Find something you love in the chores you hate. Enjoy the feel of the warm water on your hands, or the clean smell of the lemony soap. If there’s nothing you can enjoy about the chore, try cranking up your favorite music while you do it; letting yourself be free to dance around and act silly while you do.
Organizing doesn’t always mean stuffiness and rigidness. Don’t be afraid to make things silly or fun. After all, who doesn’t like a little laughter in their lives?
6. Get Out of Bed the Right Way
This little gem of advice comes from none other than the Dalai Lama himself.
In his book, The Art of Happiness, His Holiness says, “Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”
What an incredible mindset to have – especially when it comes to organizing.
Life is too short to be surrounded by clutter. Before you get out of bed each day, set yourself an intention for the day. It can be anything that helps motivate you. Something like:
- “Today, I will be more productive and will remember to clean up the kitchen before I go to bed.”
- “Today, I will write out a to-do list and accomplish everything on that list.”
Setting an intent for the day is a great way to focus yourself for the work ahead. It’s also a great way to keep your mind clear and your psyche a little bit happier. After all, when you simplify your day by focusing it, you leave room to enjoy yourself more!
7. E.T. Phoned Home…And So Should You
While doing an task or chore you particularly hate, make a quick phone call home. It can be to a friend or family member, but try to do this each day when that pesky task comes up.
For instance, if you hate straightening the living room, call your best friend while you do it. You know how to clean, you can split your focus and make the task more enjoyable – making you happier!
8. Spend It Where It Counts
A massive part of getting organized comes from balancing finances successfully. And we all know that money has a direct correlation to our levels of happiness and their highs and lows.
So spend your money where it counts. Don’t clutter up your home with more unnecessary items. Spend your money only on things you actually NEED, or things that bring you a real and genuine sense of happiness.
Conversely, you can spend your money on things like hosting events at home with family and friends. This will help you keep your home RAR and will also cultivate an especial feeling of warmth and community in your home.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like happiness to me!
So, if you want to be happier in your home, try adopting these 8 simple organizing habits. Just by altering a few common behaviors, and spending a few extra minutes each day doing actioning these simple tasks, you can be well on your way to a happier home…and a happier you!