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Getting rid of the clutter in, on, and around me

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Don Aslett, author of several cleaning and decluttering books, said there are 3 basic areas of clutter we deal with - the clutter in, on, and around us! In refers to mental clutter - hurts, regrets, etc. On refers to the excess weight, and around - well that's all the STUFF we haven't dealt with. And he also said that often when we deal with the clutter around us, we find that we also get rid of some of the clutter in and on us as well. The clutter around us adds to our stress, which makes it harder to resist temptations, give in to mindless eating as a way of numbing the feelings we don't want to deal with, and makes it harder overall to stick with your plan.
For emotional eaters like me, that is certainly true. Clutter around me isn't to blame for the excess weight - unhealthy habits and eating for reasons other than fueling my body did all that. But it is true that the more clutter I have around me (and I have a LOT right now), the more stressful I am and the more I find myself giving in to mindless eating. And let's face it, it isn't easy to prepare healthy meals when you have so much STUFF covering the counters that you have no place to cook. Wasting lots of time searching for things you know you have but don't remember where they are just creates frustration.
So one of my goals for this year is to keep getting rid of the things I don't need ON A DAILY BASIS. The less clutter I have, the less stressful it will be, the less time I will be spending dealing with all of it, and the more time I will have to exercise and plan my meals.
Time to get back to sorting and purging my junk!
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CANDYMOUSE 8/9/2014 1:32PM

    We just all need bigger houses and more counter space and a couple of storage sheds. emoticon

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BOPPY_ 3/1/2013 12:21AM

    You got me! Guilty as charged!

The rest of this week has to be devoted to clearing office clutter.

Thanks for the prod! I thank you, and the floor joists will thank you.

Good work, too.

Lee emoticon


Comment edited on: 3/1/2013 12:22:07 AM

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CATHEMARIE 2/2/2013 11:46PM

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DIBANANA 1/28/2013 11:14PM

  I really believe that clutter causes stress. I've been trying to go by the rule I read of getting rid of five items a day. That sounds like a lot but it can be as simple as a ballpoint pen!

Today I went to a white elephant day at sorority and took 3 items but ended up coming home with more. The only good thing is many items I got I can actually use and the ones I took I couldn't. I will get rid of any I can't use as part of my 5 a day tomorrow!



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MEDDYPEDDY 1/26/2013 3:26AM

    I could not agree more! The sad thing is that as soon as I manage to get rid of clutter around me I sart to pile up new things... and endless work!

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BARBARASDIET 1/24/2013 4:29PM

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CELIAMINER 1/24/2013 3:07PM

    Such true words! I look around at the piles surrounding my computer and wonder how I even have room to type. I did get rid of some things last year, but it doesn't appear I've made a dent, so this year I'm being more selective about what comes IN the door. A walking bud saw me shopping one day and commented, "For every item you bring into your house, something should go out." I remember being annoyed at the unsolicited advice, but now I wish I'd started cleaning out MUCH sooner.

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BRAVELUTE 1/24/2013 12:58PM

    OUT WITH THE JUNK!

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