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208 pages, Hardcover
First published March 5, 2019
When trying to decide the fate of a possession, ask yourself:
Do I need it?
Do I love it?
Do I use it?
In my study of happiness, I've realized that for most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. More than it should.
In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or a crowded coat closet is a trivial problem —yet getting control of the stuff of life often makes it easier to feel more in control of our lives generally.
When I'm surrounded by a mess, I feel restless and unsettled. When I clean up that mess, I'm always surprised by the disproportionate energy and cheer I gain, plus I'm able to find my keys. A friend once told me, "I finally cleaned out my fridge and now I know I can switch careers." I knew exactly what she meant.
By getting rid of the things I don't use, don't need, or don't love, as well as the things that don't work, don't fit, or don't suit, I free my mind — and my shelves — for what I truly value.