Happier with Gretchen Rubin is a podcast from the Panoply network. The following is a curated list of all the "Try This at Home" suggestions related to HOME and ENVIRONMENT.
Episode no. Try This at Home Suggestion
3. Make your bed.
5. Embrace good smells.
6. Try a weekly “Power Hour.”
14. Cultivate a shrine.
15. Be a tourist in your own city.
17. Have an exact place for everything.
23. Choose an office TV show.
25. The hilarious writer A. J. Jacobs, suggests a bunch of try-this-at-home tips: stand up straight, brainstorm for fifteen minutes a day, use sustainable honesty, and eat from the fridge, not the pantry.
33. Try a boot camp for yourself.
41. Take one thing with you. A clutter-busting strategy.
45. Identify your special places.
46. Don’t get organized. If you get rid of that stuff, you don’t have to organize it!
47. Control your exit.
48. Create a temporary photo gallery in your house.
55. Have a system for switching bags.
58. Find your “area of refuge.”
62. Don’t accumulate excessive amounts of things. Soy sauce packets, freebie mugs, egg cartons, rubber bands, etc.
65. Enjoy your home’s special features. Gretchen wrote about this issue in her book Happier at Home.
71. Choose a signature color. This is a big commitment!
72. Have room of your own. Maybe not an entire room, but some room.
73. Get rid of something as soon as it becomes useless. Harder than it sounds!
88. Celebrate a holiday breakfast.
95. Practice mise-en-place. In cooking, cooks “put everything in its place” — the idea is to get all your tools and supplies together, so that once you start working, you can work easily and well. Preparation is a true stage of working.
96. Set your holiday intention; in other words, figure out what you intend to get from your holiday experience.
102. Find the missing puzzle piece from your life — the missing tool, item, or activity that’s missing.
108. Use your shower as a “happiness booth.”
109. Pay attention to the light.
111. Beware of storing things. Unless you’re storing things like holiday decorations or seasonal gear, “storage” often means “shoving it into a dark corner and forgetting about it for years.” Which can be draining and even expensive.
113. Reclaim your dump zones.
118. Design your summer.
122. Tackle a “Power Day.”
125. Plan a virtual move.
126. **Look for an under-used area of your home.
128. Connect through television.
133. Create a place for things in transition.
135. Plan a "virtual move," 2.0. In episode 125, they described one kind of virtual move; a listener wrote them to suggest a way to plan a "virtual move" that's also a great suggestion for boosting happiness.
136. Don't let yourself fall into "empty". Literally and figuratively. Don't let ourselves get too hungry or under-slept, or run out of gas, cash, printer paper, toilet paper, batteries, medicine, and so on. It creates unnecessary stress or hassle.
155. Choose a signature scent.
165. Have a "Power Down Weekend."
167. Be a tourist in your own home.
172. Toss unnecessary papers.
177. Create transition at the end each stage of your day by using a "ten-minute closer." It gives us transitions in our day, and also contributes to outer order.