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Why Your Closet Is Filled with Habits You’ll Never Get Rid Of

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Let me level with you. That closet of yours isn’t just overflowing with clothes; it’s bursting with bad habits. Sure, you may clear out the clutter twice a year but have you actually ditched those dodgy impulses? Nah, didn’t think so. The very fact that you still have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear speaks for itself. To paraphrase an old Spanish proverb: ‘Habits are first cobwebs, then cables’. The bad news: You’ll never actually get rid of them. The good news: you can control them. Want to learn how? School is in session. Time to find out how The Happy Closet can help retrain your brain to create closet calm.

FIVE GOOD REASONS FOR YOUR BAD HABITS

• Once a habit is formed in the brain it sets up camp and gets comfy. Moving these suckers is like trying to pick up a toddler who has cleverly mastered ‘the baby slide’: the harder you try to tackle it, the heavier and slippier it becomes. Get to grips with the ninja mommy moves you’ll need to take it by surprise and put it to bed.
• Bad habits can never be removed; they can only be ‘managed’. Learn how to crowd out cravings and impulses and create an effective ‘competing response’ that’ll help you purge the urge to splurge on what you don’t want or need.
• The brain can’t distinguish between a good or bad habit. Partial to regular yoga? Well, the old noggin doesn’t like to discriminate so expect a time share with that lesser bragged about footwear fetish
• Once the brain masters a habit (tree pose or posing daily in Marc Jacobs), it becomes automatic and thus unconscious. All it takes is a trigger to kick start an impulse and before you know it, you’ve gone for toilet paper and come home with a sh*tload of shoes. Raise your awareness of personal triggers and lower the instances of habitual regret.

For the nitty gritty on how to get to grips with your habits, click here to order your copy of The Happy Closet.

 

The Happy Closet – #7 in the Hardback Charts

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Oh, happy day! It appears The Happy Closet has hit #7 in the Irish hardback charts after just THREE weeks since its release. It has also sold out on Amazon.co.uk. I’d like to take this opportunity (between happy dance breaks!) to thank everyone who has bought a copy of the book and helped support my wardrobe wellness mission. Big love. Big hugs. Big dance moves…

Plan Your Happiness

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If, like many, you started January with the best of intentions only to realise that your sneaky sub-conscious had other plans (namely, kidnapping your willpower & holding it for ransom knowing you don’t get paid until month end), then fear not. Moss.ie is offering a clever solution to reclaim your happiness mojo without as much as a single ‘Taken’ reference. The Happiness Planner is a diary with a difference. By switching gears from productivity to positivity, this little gem helps guide you in the art of self-reflection and, in turn, setting heart-centered goals. What’s more, writing things down helps the brain connect with your desires on a more intimate level, creating a life by design that is more ritual, less routine. No ‘special set of skills’ required here; just a pen. Liam Neeson not included. Want in? Click here for more.

Detoxing from the Inside Out

It’s a murky aul month. Rain, wind, more rain, more wind. I bet that shiny new gym gear has yet to be christened. Got the guilt sweats? Towel off sister! In the spirit of not making any unnecessary journeys, there’s never been a better time to stay inside. While you’re at it, why not take stock of your closet collateral? According to New Age philosophy, January is for looking inwards and doing a personal inventory (holistic hibernation if you will) – a reflective period to get clear on goals and resolve to start them when spring has actually sprung. Before reefing out the old to usher in the new (Stella McCartney tapestry booties, anyone?), perhaps it’s best to take a breather and understand why you can’t seem to break the monthly purge-purchase cycle or indeed, why the very thought of approaching that double-door portal of doom leaves you whimpering silently in a corner. A happy closet isn’t simply a tidy one. Rather it’s the sum total of understanding the emotional hang-ups driving the habits that create our wardrobe wellness. Understand the interior workings of the mind and heart and you’ll soon get to grips with creating an exterior manifestation of closet calm – not simply an illusion. As on the inside, so on the outside. While you’re putting on the kettle, why not curl up on the sofa and read the preview of The Happy Closet? Click on the homepage to have a goo. Like what you see? Order your copy from the Amazon link and give your wardrobe a reason to smile.