outer order contributes to inner calm

outer order contributes to inner calm

“Getting in control of our possessions makes us feel more in control of our fates. If this is an illusion, it’s a helpful illusion—and it’s a more pleasant way to live.”

― Gretchen Rubin, Outer Order, Inner Calm

Our physical space directly influences our mental well-being. Outer order contributes to inner calm and inner self-command. Whether you agree with this notion or not, this holds true for most people.

An overflowing closet, an overstuffed fridge or having a crowded email inbox do have the potential to weigh us down and get us going in the downward spiral. But if we take charge, there’s a chance that our clutter-clearing endeavors may become life-changing for us. 

A clutter-free life helps us feel more confident, more energetic and more creative, and at the same time brings more calm within us. There’s a weird but strong connection between getting control of stuff and feeling in control of our life — I’m sure you would have experienced that!

As we declutter our way to happiness, we also need to understand one important thing: there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. We are all different and there is no one best way. In other words, each of us has a different level of order that aligns with us. There are some people who like to live on the bare minimum and then there are those who enjoy having collections, souvenirs and profusions. Some of us are simplicity lovers and others are abundance lovers. We all thrive in different environments and that’s why each of us needs to strike the right balance, so that we not only have a clean and ordered home, but also a place where we love to spend our time and are in touch with the happiness within.

PS: If you enjoyed this essay, I’d encourage you to read my book Daily Minimalism (The Daily Learner, Book 4). The condensed timeless knowledge in the daily meditations will help you navigate through the complexities that come with modern living and guide you in your quest to living a happy and meaningful life.