A Surprising Way to Create More Joy In Your Life


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When you think of the idea of creating more joy in your life, what’s the first thing you think of?

Chances are, you probably didn’t think of words like “tidying” or “organizing” or “de-cluttering,” right?

Yeah, those are probably the last words that would have come to my mind, too! That’s why I was so surprised when I first heard about the concept that taking care of clutter could actually lead to creating more joy.

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How to Use Soap Nuts as a Natural Laundry Detergent Alternative


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(Update July 2020: At the time I originally wrote this post, I was using soap nuts for my laundry and found them to be simple to use. Since then, however, I’ve switched over to using a natural liquid laundry detergent after reading an article about why you should stop using homemade laundry detergent. While soap nuts aren’t really in the same category as homemade laundry detergent, since I wasn’t fully sure that the same principles didn’t apply I decided to switch to a liquid detergent just to be on the safe side. I’ve heard many positive things about soap nuts, and it always seemed like my clothes were clean after I used them, so they may work perfectly well. But since I am no longer using them myself, I wanted to update this post to reflect my current laundry practice. The rest of the information about soap nuts would still apply, though, if you decide to try them for your laundry.) 

When I first heard about using soap nuts as a laundry detergent alternative, I liked the idea of using something that was natural and simple . . . but I was also pretty skeptical that they would actually work.

When I tried them, though, I was pleasantly surprised by how well they cleaned my clothes. They worked just as well as any homemade or store bought natural laundry detergents I had tried, only they’re even easier to use and much cheaper too.

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How Cleaning Up the Clutter Can Improve Your Health


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I have a confession to make: I am the Queen of Clutter.

Without a doubt, being a clutter-creator is one of my worst bad habits.

I still have some clothes stuffed in the back of my closet from 10 years ago, and even though I haven’t worn them since high school, I’ve still held on to them “just in case” I might ever need to wear them again. I have a whole forest’s worth of paper that has accumulated over the years from kindergarten through grad school, and I probably have enough books to fill half a library.

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How to Clean Glass with Newspaper

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One of my least favorite cleaning chores has always been washing windows and mirrors.

Conventional glass-cleaning products are usually filled with chemicals, and they usually smell pretty nasty too.

And even natural cleaners often don’t work as well, leaving streaks on the glass – which seems to happen a lot even with those products that claim to be “streak-free.” And then there’s the problem of the little bits of lint left by the paper towels that make the glass look just as dusty as if it had never been cleaned in the first place.

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