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Saturday, March 12, 2011

A blog entry by my Spark friend SIMPLELIFE4REAL has inspired me to think about clearing more clutter from our home. It's amazing how we can adapt and fill all of our spare space with stuff - some of it is useful, but a lot of it is not. I can't help but think how it is related to the way that I eat. Often I start a meal with good intentions but once I've fueled my body with protein, grains, fruits and veggies, I calculate how many spare calories I have left and I eat something junky like 100 calorie snack packs.
We are currently in the middle of a massive home renovation project and our house is in a state of complete disorganization. We still have unopened boxes from our move back in July and hardly a day goes by without one of us wandering around looking for something that is still packed away.
I have very little free time these days, but I would like to dedicate 5 to 10 minutes each day to getting rid of clutter - both physical and mental clutter - so I'm going to try to write little blog entries about it to help me stay on track.

The best way to prevent clutter from accumulating is to stop bringing extra things home. Today I will refrain from buying any "healthier" junk options at the grocery store. If I want to eat treats I'll have to make them myself and be sure of what's in them! I don't want my son to eat junk when he's older, so I'd love to start showing him a better way!

I saw an interview with Suze Orman once where she was talking about how to make room for things that are really important to you. Her advice was to gather unnecessary 27 items from around your home and give them to charity.

Today's goals:
Stay out of the snack food aisle at the grocery store.
Put 27 things in my Goodwill box and put it in my car.
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  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    Awesome!!! It does make a big difference to declutter. My sons are really getting into it. They are donating boxes of things to Goodwill every day and recycling so much paper!

    I can so relate to the chaos of doing a remodel...we just redid our kitchen last fall.

    I don't know if you have checked out Flylady.com, but you might really like it. I love all her hints.
    3140 days ago
  • YICHE12
    Oh! I do sympathize... Your plan to take 10 to 15 mins a day sounds great! Little by little it will get done. Also, you plan to cut out the excess sounds like you're going in the right direction. emoticon Every calorie counts unfortunately and if you have eaten well, why eat more? emoticon
    3143 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Fantastic plan! I did that last fall - spent 10 minutes each day decluttering - and my house looks & feels so much better now! Good luck!!!
    3143 days ago
  • ANDEENNATE
    check out flylady.net It is a site that helps people to declutter (house and mind), there is also a group on here. Flylady is all about baby steps. A friend turned me on to flylady, and now I feel like I have less clutter In my home and my brain. Good luck to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3143 days ago
  • TASCHISM
    Flylady has a group on here and she's a master declutterer.
    3143 days ago
  • LIVIN4LISH
    Oh, I love this! I completely agree about the clutter in the house carrying over to the food. In fact, I've had this very conversation with my husband. I have too much stuff, and it's not even useful. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with it all, and that leads to procrastination of getting things done. I laughed aloud as I was reading The Spark, and Chris wrote, to be successful, you must be organized. Well, I'm working on it.
    I have also been avoiding the junk food aisles. I used to rationalize the chips and cookies and ice cream by saying they were for the kids. Now, I recognize that junk food is not good for them, either. It just needs to stay out of the house! Special occasions are just that, occasional. We will appreciate a treat much more if it doesn't happen daily!
    3143 days ago
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