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!