Welcome to the resurection of my series Try This At Home! 

In October 2015, I shared that Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast is one of my favorite podcasts. Each week she includes a segment of suggesting something  to try at home that can assist in making life both easier and happier. Her suggestions range and over time I have begun to incorporate many into my own life.  I initially began this series in 2016 and as life and blogging go, it slowly moved from being weekly to twice a month and later not at all. I continue to try many of the suggestions on the Happier podcast but simply have not taken the time to write about them. I continue to feel this is a perfect series to have on this site and felt pulled to return to the topic. My reviews will be honest and I will certainly discuss if certain tips are not successful. I am beginning the series with the very first topic of take one thing with you. Even after a year and a half, I do continue to practice this tip. I would say it is successful and feel it is something we can all use.

Take one thing with you is a concept to consider each time you leave a room. 

Within each room of the house, there is likely an item that belongs somewhere else. There may be mail on the kitchen counter that needs to go to the office or the recycle bin. It’s also not uncommon to have a glass on the nightstand that needs to be returned to the kitchen.  This simple tip helps with creating more order in the house rather than leaving things to a point where you are overwhelmed with clutter or find yourself doing a massive clean up. At first I felt that I already focused upon this task. However, I quickly realized that there were times I left a room to go to another without anything in my hands. It was easy to find something to take with me and I quickly developed the routine of looking at what was around me that needed to go. The most interesting room for me was in my closet. Although I have the habit of grouping my empty hangers together, it was not an uncommon ritual to find myself needing those hangers in the laundry room as I was taking items out of the dryer. A new routine became grabbing the hangers as I left the closet. After all, I need to walk by the laundry room as I go down the stairs. As I asked James to try this task, I found he often would grab something as he went downstairs and state “taking something with me.” As I write this he acknowledged he didn’t remember taking his shoes off by the couch and took them upstairs. Research is showing that clutter does lead to depression and small steps can begin to alleviate daily clutter.  I found this a great tip that I continue to utilize on a daily basis. Although there are still things that don’t automatically get to where they belong, they do get closer and create less clutter.

If you are interested in tips to try at home before next week’s post, you can catch up on past Happier podcasts via Gretchen’s page or find it on Itunes.

I encourage you to try the Take One Thing With You tip. Do you think this is something you will try at home? 

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  1. Anthea on July 19, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Definitely going to do this. Will save so much time tidying up!

  2. Beth Kondrick on July 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

    What a great idea! I sometimes have done this without even thinking about it, but I’m going to be more intentional about it now because I bet you are right that the more you take something to it’s rightful spot when you leave a room, the faster things will get cleaned up!

  3. Kim Airhart on July 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I agree that clutter leads to depression. I hate clutter and when I feel unorganized, my anxiety is heightened.

  4. Charlotte on July 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I totally agree with the clutter leading to depression argument. I actually find that a messy area makes me more anxious and inexplicably angry, because I get overwhelmed by it. I like the idea of just lifting one area from where it sits and taking it to a better home. Thanks for this little tip and will have to check out the podcast (always looking for new ones to listen to!).

  5. Corey Wheeland on July 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I love the thought process behind this. I often find myself not streamlining my time well, and then feel scattered when I try to put things away. If I’m constantly doing it, I won’t waste as much time later!

  6. Nikki on July 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I love this idea! It would definitely help reduce the clutter in our house. I am going to give this a try!

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