Declutter Your Home and Body

There seems to be a correlation between a cluttered home and a “cluttered” body. Whatever causes a person to over-fill the areas of their home with stuff is often the same thing that causes them to over- fill their stomach.

No one explains this correlation better than organizational guru and New York Times best-selling author and friend of Oprah, Peter Walsh. Walsh has dedicated his career to helping people live a richer, fuller, life through de-cluttering home, body and soul.

I’ve been a follower of Feng Shui principles for years. I understand how my environment affects my mental attitude and well-being. What I have not explored, until now, is how my home may be affecting my scale.

I have a stack of books about home organization and decorating and I have another stack of books on nutrition and diet. This is the first time I have found a book that incorporates both!

I recently checked out Walsh’s book “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” from the library.

Walsh touts the philosophy that, “Your home is a reflection of you. Not in some airy-fairy way, but in a real and tangible sense. He says, it’s no accident that at the same time we are struggling with the national “epidemic of obesity, we are also living in homes weighted down with clutter and filled with stuff.’”

Walsh goes on to say, “Are you ready to take on your weight…Not if your house is a junk pile. Do you have a home you deserve; a bedroom that is a sanctuary; a living room where you can gather friends and and/or family without feeling embarrassed; a closet that contains only clothes that flatter you and make you feel comfortable…? If you’re cheating yourself out of a happy home, then… why in the world would you expect yourself to stay true to your plan to clean up your food habits? If you don’t respect yourself enough to create a happy space to live, then how can you treat your body with the honor and respect it deserves?”

Walsh’s tips for de-cluttering your home and removing food-clutter mirror each other.

  • Imagine the home and body you want and hold that idea in your head while you work through the process.

  • If you don’t love it, use it, wear it, or have room for it, get rid of it. It’s clutter. If it isn’t healthy, colorful, and part of your meal plan, don’t eat it. It’s junk.

  • Remember that this mess and those pounds didn’t appear overnight and won’t disappear overnight. Break down your goals for de-cluttering your home and body into small, manageable tasks.

  • If you don’t make de-cluttering a way of life, the stuff will creep back in your home. If you don’t make mindful eating a way of life, the fat will find its way home, too.

  • Live in the present. If you are holding on to things you don’t use figure out why. Memory? Hope? Fear? If you are eating for emotional reasons, figure out why. Anger? Despair? Comfort?

Walsh also encourages his readers to create a kitchen that will help make healthier choices. Nobody makes good choices in a messy kitchen. Use your kitchen for what it is meant for: storage, meal preparation and eating. It’s no fun to cook in a messy kitchen where you can’t find what you need to take pleasure in the process. A pleasant, organized kitchen leads to less eating out, which in turn leads to better nutrition, less money spent on food, and more family time together.

For as many times as I have organized and re-organized my home, 2014 will be the first time I turn the bright light of inner-reflection on to find the real cause of the piles of paper on my desk and the late night bowls of sugared cereal. If Walsh’s philosophy rings true, the answer for both will be one in the same.

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