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Dopamine Decorating: Unlocking Happiness Through Organized Spaces

Imagine waking up in the morning, ready to start your day. After your morning coffee, you open your bedroom door, only to find a pile of clothes spilling out of your closet and onto the floor. The shelves are packed with items you barely use, making it hard to find anything. As you try to get dressed, you can't find your favorite shirt or pair of shoes amidst the chaos. Your stress levels rise as you realize you're running late and still haven't found what you need. This cluttered and disorganized space not only makes it difficult to get ready efficiently but also adds unnecessary stress to your morning routine. Decluttering your bedroom and closet would not only make your mornings smoother but also bring a sense of calm and clarity to your daily life.

“Dopamine Decorating” or “Dopamine Decor” is about tidying up and beautifying your surroundings to maximize that happy dopamine feeling. Decluttering and decorating with dopamine in mind can transform your space into a happier, more organized environment, reducing stress and boosting productivity in the process. By creating an aesthetically pleasing and orderly home, you can enhance your overall well-being and enjoy a more positive way of living.

Dopamine is a chemical messenger in our brains that makes us feel good. We experience it when we finish tasks, reach goals, or do things we enjoy, like eating tasty food, exercising, or spending time with loved ones.

Who knew that after I had decluttered and organized my home and office, I would get a complete feeling of satisfaction and joy? Once things were put in their right place, my whole world took on a new perspective. and I knew how to find what I needed, and I found that everything just seemed to work itself out. I can credit this feeling of happiness to the dopamine I sensed in my brain. Once I discovered how this organizing method made me feel, I was forever focused on recreating a happy space through careful and thoughtful organizing and design choices. In other words, It was fun!  

Dopamine decorating is subjective. What makes one person happy is different for another. Striving for the kind of happiness you prefer is the goal in any space. Unless you are like "Oscar the Grouch" from "Sesame Street,"  who loves to live in a garbage can, you won't be able to get around the fact that you'll need to declutter your space first.

Getting rid of clutter can feel rewarding because it helps you accomplish tasks and feel more in control. It's like shedding pounds or a big weight off your shoulders. A dose of dopamine, the feel-good chemical, gets released when you declutter.

Remove the items that you no longer use, like, or make you smile. They shouldn't be the first thing you see in a room. For example, office supplies can be tucked away in drawers or cabinets. Toiletries can be stocked in a closet, cabinet, drawer, or shelf. A countertop filled with cans, jars, and loose items that belong somewhere else. An array of unremarkable things that you own, but no longer have a place for.

Of course, there will be things we don't like, but we still need to keep them because of their functionality. For example, I don't like socks, but I must wear them to prevent frostbite and keep warm during those frigid winter days. As well as more utilitarian items like supplies for maintaining the home, cleaning solutions, scrubbers, light bulbs, batteries, and extension cords. There's no beauty in them, but they have value.

Dopamine decor takes this further by adding colors, playful patterns, and plants to create an organized and joyful space that boosts your mood.

Find what makes you happy and pursue that. Include those items in your decor. So, decorating your space with colors, patterns, and plants that you enjoy can stimulate dopamine production by creating a visually stimulating and pleasant environment. This triggers positive feelings and increases your sense of happiness and satisfaction with your surroundings.

Decluttering and organizing, combined with dopamine decor; like using colors and plants, sets up a space that sparks joy and motivation and will bring positive associations with being organized. Living in a visually appealing environment not only uplifts your mood but also encourages you to maintain tidiness, contributing to a happier and more fulfilling living experience.

Incorporating colors that personally make you feel happy and relaxed is key to creating a visually appealing space that boosts your mood. By using items you love and adding visual interest in a balanced way, you can enhance your environment without overwhelming it, promoting a sense of happiness and comfort in your surroundings.

I am always one to encourage going out into nature to get fresh air, recharge, and get grounded. Bringing that into your home will also give you a sense of happiness and grounding. Including plants and other natural elements in your decor can improve air quality and create a calming atmosphere.

Finally, create a routine and use the annual spring cleaning inspiration to keep clutter in check with a regular decluttering schedule, especially before the holidays and in spring for a fresh vibe. Switch up small decor items occasionally to keep things visually exciting and new.

In conclusion, it's important to recognize how clutter affects our daily lives and how it causes stress. By understanding this, we can emphasize the benefits of decluttering for a calmer, more organized space. With "Dopamine Decor," we focus on creating happy and satisfying environments through thoughtful design and organization. By using dopamine-inducing decor and utilizing decluttering and organizing methods, you can turn your home into a happier, more productive place. Download the checklist to start your clutter-free journey today, or reach out to me for assistance.

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Blog post by Elizabeth Lulu Miranda: Lulu has been working as a home and office organizer in Chicago for over 15 years. She brings new perspectives on how to have an organized life. Writing for the Mercury Organizing blog “Create the Flow" and her personal blog “What would Lulu Do?"

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