As I was begrudgingly getting ready to do dishes the other day, I had an epiphany. I was pouring my dish soap into the hot water, and it hit me. It smelled nice. I had just used up the last of my old dish soap, so I was on to a new one, and I was impressed. So impressed that I felt motivated to do the dishes more regularly, if I could enjoy such an olfactory delight each time.
Then I began thinking about how I enjoy stepping into the lavatory after it’s been freshly cleaned. Why? Because it smells lovely! We try to make organizing look aesthetically pleasing by using cute baskets, neat hangers and adorable containers. But why not use the sense of smell as a motivation as well?
I was reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home, and she bought some natural smelling incense oils, like Beach, Bonfire, and Baby Powder, from Demeter Fragrance Library. She became obsessed (her word, not mine) with smells while working on her Happiness Project. It can give you a “quick jolt of happiness”, without the calories of comfort food. Excellent!
So go out, purchase a few (environmentally sound) cleaning items, and go to town. Make your place smell fresh! And don’t just cover it up. We all know what Febreeze smells like