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2. Plan meals, grocery shopping, and time for cooking once a week. Reviewing your schedule for the upcoming week will help you to figure out where and when youíll be eating meals, what foods youíll need to have on hand, and when youíll have time to cook. Be proactive, not reactive. Donít find yourself without a bagged lunch on the days you have meetings that usually run late, leaving you no time to go pick something up. If you tend to hit the vending machine in the afternoon, stock your office with healthy snacks for when hunger hits. Plan when you can go to the grocery store to buy what youíll need and schedule shopping into your calendar. Do not plan elaborate meals for the days you usually get stuck working late. Grilled chicken and frozen veggies will always trump takeout Chinese food or pizza when it comes to weight loss.

3. Organize your evening to establish a bedtime routine that keeps you well rested. There are so many reasons why sleep deprivation interferes with weight loss. Research shows that people who stay up late consume more calories than those who go to sleep at a reasonable and predictable hour each night. Sleep deprivation messes with the hormones that signal hunger and fullness levels. Plus, when you're tired, you're more emotional and your will power wanes. An organized and consistent sleep schedule won't just make you feel betteróit'll keep you focused and help you reach your weight-loss goal.



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Does this spark joy?

Thatís the Marie Kondo question that has gone viral. Thanks to Netflix, thousands of us are downsizing, clearing out and simplifying. And, Iím glad.

Years ago, I read her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I began decluttering and watching her YouTube videos so I too could fold my panties in a little square. It was so freeing and hard to describe the satisfaction I felt when I opened a drawer to rainbow rolls of shirts in perfect rows.

Right now, the KonMari method is sweeping through the collective. And it is magic! Until we make the space, we donít realize the toll of how ďtoo much stuffĒ clutters our life, our mind, and our energy. I sense the craving for all of us to clear out space. This movement has given us the inspiration to do the real work of facing the unanswered questions, avoided issues, and delayed decisions we havenít yet made which has manifested in our physical piles of stuff. Think about thatÖthe stuff you have piled up is actually a pile of avoided decisions and unanswered questions.

Marie Kondoís method isnít just about joy, itís about courage.

To me, this whole tidying up craze feels like the preamble, the ramping up, the dress rehearsal and the preparation for the bigger life alchemy work that is showing up. We are practicing with our belongings. But, this is the practice for doing this same work with our souls.

This is the call to courage.

Itís the courage to clear out our lives, bodies, and minds and to reclaim more of our essence so we can be in more communion with what is really aligned and authentic. To not only ask the question but to take action on if there really is a place, purpose, or desire for this in our lives.

For those who are sensitives, lightworkers, ripple makers, and meaning-seekers, this is already happening. It may be causing some turbulence in your life. It has in mine. Maybe things are already breaking down or breaking away or rapidly shifting. I understand the feeling of worry and wondering about the uncertainty.

In my own experience, Iíve been asking myself to surrender to what is with the trust that this is an exercise in clearing out for my highest good. And itís hard because the tidying up means we no longer have as many things to distract us, hide behind, keep us quiet, busy, or safe. I believe if we are brave, this clearing out will eventually lead us to more alignment, peace, and connection to what matters.

Recently, my dear friend John and I joked that it seemed as if the universe was playing Jenga with things in my life that I had built. One day a piece got pulled out and everything crashed to the floor. After the shock of it all, I looked around at the mess. The gift was the new perspective of seeing everything spread out in front of me.

Every single piece.

Before me was the opportunity to pick up each piece and examine it. I was able to consciously choose whether or not I wanted to rebuild with that piece. I got to ask myself, does this still fit? And guess what? Not each piece did. But had they not crashed to the floor, I wouldnít have even asked myself the question.

If youíve ever done the KonMari method you know that first you have to gather up everything and put it all in one place and then item by item you sort through it asking, ďDoes this spark joy?Ē This part is messy. This part is hard. This can feel overwhelming.

This is the call to courage. The courage to face it and make a decision.

As you look at each piece and ask yourself the question, you are faced with the realization of all the reasons and ways you keep something in your life that isnít about joy. You see how obligation, fear, scarcity, safety, inadequacy, old habits, beliefs, and denial have kept you from letting go of something that no longer fits, resonates, supports, or brings you the joy you deserve.

And you do deserve joy.

When you finally make the decision to let something go, a huge surge of stagnant energy is renewed and returned. No more hesitating. No more tolerating. When you make the decision that something really does bring you joy, it can feel like uncovering a treasure that you forgot you had because it was hidden in the back of the closet for so long.

And sometimes, youíll decide you just arenít ready to part with something even though you know itís not joy that it brings you, itís something else. And thatís okay because just naming it, facing it, and deciding consciously is much more empowering than avoiding it.

The more we clear away, the more we can feel and experience stillness. That stillness brings us to more clarity, guidance, creativity, and connection.

After we KonMari our sock drawer, letís tidy up our beliefs, our relationships, and our lives so we can create more space to commune with our souls.

Questions to ask yourself:

What places in my life am I feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or frustrated?
What is the cause or source?
Is it a belief, responsibility, relationship, pattern?
What sparks joy and what doesnít?
Why is it really in my life?
What decision or action am I being called to make/take?

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The first Marie Kondo show on Netflix taught me how to fold clothes and then stack them side by side in your drawer so u can see everything!

She gets a lot of criticism, but I am totally on the same page as her when she says each item you have must spark joy in your heart.

On clothes, she has u put all your clothes on your bed before u touch each piece and see if it sparks joy. If not, u thank the item for serving u, and you lovingly place it in the bag to donate.



If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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Love the messies info!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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Erica DiMiele, expert on A&E's hit show "Hoarders", shares easy organizing solutions!

Edited by: IMLOCOLINDA at: 8/22/2018 (18:11)
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Lynn posted this years ago...

What is your opinion of what is said in this email I received from The-Organizer-Lady?

"From the Trenches - INSIGHTS ON HOARDING

Might I throw out the suggestion that in some cases... each thing is a way of HIDING.

HIDING from pain of some sort, or stress of some sort, seems to be behind obesity in most cases. (I hurt: so I will eat and feel better for a little while.)
I am talking here about genuine obesity--not "being chubby."

HIDING is also what we end up doing after we live a lifestyle filled with clutter. Hoarding is collecting gone mad it seems.

Part of that might be, as we hoard this or that, there is a feeling of ACCOMPLISHMENT or even of "winning" if we acquire something in the realm of what we choose to hoard.

While we are in "the process "of acquiring" it can be a very heady feeling....and a feeling that HIDES
us from whatever is going on in our life.

As long as we turn our attention to what seems comforting or exciting...then we can avert our eyes from the boring, difficult or monotonous tasks ahead of us.

Ysabella On the Messiness-and-Hoarding website.

Note: Not all Messies are hoarders but most keep too much stuff and the ideas given here may apply."

www.messies.com


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Another day to take another first step. Amazing how these little steps are adding up to clear spaces and how lightened up I feel!

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I did quite a bit of 'avoiding' today by spending too much time on the internet. Didn't get enough sleep Friday night so was tired and that was not a good way to feel. I was also having quite a bit of knee pain but I took a lot of breaks and got a lot done! I also did not go to the Salvation Army so no temptation to buy anything and didn't do any of the yard work that was calling out to me all day long!

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Hope you can accomplish much with no interruptions. I always have them.... emoticon

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I thought it was SO funny when I read your old comment because I had just picked up that book at the library. It was more about weight loss than clutter so I had to borrow on the inter-library loan to get his book "It's All too Much". Really liked it and am using some of his tips!
Then when I went to Barnes&Noble (which is in a bigger town 120 miles from me) I ordered "The Hoarder in You" and they had a paperback of Peter Walsh "It's All too Much" so I bought that one!!

Yes, I have lots of books on diet and lots on hoarding. Kind of like what Walsh says about how the Container Store grows every year because people keep buying 'organizing systems' but don't use them. I have those bins too!!

Mine are not organized onto shelves anymore. I will work on that part of it next week. Have a whole week with no interruptions since my mom is going on a cruise so I am going to really knuckle down and get busy!!

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Wow! It seems so long ago since I replied to this post. I never did read the Peter Walsh books (and I think I own both the ones you mention).

Does anyone else have a stash of books about decluttering on their bookshelves? Mine are mostly next to the weight loss books I've collected on the shelf in my bedroom. Books are really hard for me to get rid of - I always think I'll read them eventually, but I have so many on my shelves and in boxes that I haven't read that I think I'll never have enough time to read all of them.

Anyway, these are the thoughts that went through my head as I (re)read this thread today.

- Karen

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Love that KS mentions Peter Walsh's book. It was more about weight loss than clutter so I got the one "It's All Too Much" which is about the clutter. The one who really addresses hoarding for me is still the book I am slowly reviewing for the team called "The Hoarder in You" but sure have enjoyed Peter Walsh's books!

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Probably, but we moved every year so had to clear things out. Also with 5 kids I tended to keep as much as possible for pass down for use by the younger kids. Did not have as much overflow as now. DH tends to buy me things (to show he loves me) I don't use. Example: I asked for a Furby when they first came out wanted just one he bought me 56 of them. Yes I still have most of them. Gave a couple to grandkids & 1 to Mom as she wanted 1. Right now they are stored away in a tote but at our previous place they were displayed on shelves down my hallway. Can't do that here as the hallway walls are filled with his STEELER's things. Maybe I'll bring this up at mt next session not sure when it will be as the kids are here & not sure when they will go back home. Carol

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Carol - You probably should speak with a professional about the connection with hoarding and closeness and anxiety. Were you hoarding the previous time you and DH were together?
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This isn't easy for me to write as I'm not sure what the meaning is behind it.

I was separated from DH for 3 yrs. During that time I bought very little to add to my collection of clutter. I bought only what I really needed not something just because I liked it & thought I might use it. I still had my hobbies & did occasionally add to my collections but it was not on impulse, these were planned purchases.
Once we got back together I started buying all these things I use once, or feel I may need in the future. Going overboard on hobby supplies. Also added weight not in the equation before. Now yes my health fell apart within a few months of us getting back together & I ended up not being able to work within a couple of years. But is the root of my hoarding found it my marriage? I know this probably needs a professional to dig it out. Carol

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I wonder at what point my clutter turned into hoarding.

Did I lose my impulse control? Did I ever really have it?

My intellect tells me managing hoarding is like getting healthy. If I work on it each day of my life, it becomes natural to manage.

When I think of every day for the rest of my life. I get overwhelmed. I panic. I get frustrated or angry. I want to make excuses. I want to be perfect at it and know I am doomed to fail the perfection goal. My excuse is if I am going to fail or be disappointed - why should I start?

My answer to myself is it is obvious that giving in to my pain, anxiety, or other emotions isn't working for me.

If I take no steps, I won't get anywhere.

In my heart of hearts, I would rather be somewhere than nowhere.

That means I have to take one step.

Today is a good day to start on this adventure to a happier life.

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Karen you sound like me. WOW! I love my stuff but hate the clutter. I do not have anyone over. Plus I am in too much pain to walk. Congrates on your engagement and I wish you much happiness. The wedding date is coming soon! I have been married for 33 years in spite of my clutter. But I am a good cook so all is forgiven! lol Of course when I had Deborah I kept the floors spotless. Plus anything in her reach. That was 31 years ago! lol
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This topic seems like a good idea. As for the Insight on Hoarding being a way to HIDE: I COMPLETELY AGREE!

If our homes are filled with TOO MUCH STUFF, then we have what we feel is a legitimate excuse not to invite people over. We can rationalize that we can't clean up because there's too much stuff and not enough time. Heck, we may even feel like we can't even hire someone else to clean up our home because they'll only clean around the stuff, which doesn't leave much area for them to clean! (At least I have thought all these things at one time or another.)

I also believe there's a link between hoarding and being obese. I've got Peter Walsh's book "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?", and although I haven't read it all the way through, I think he's on to something!

I've often wondered if I would be more motivated to clear out my clutter if I actually weighed it and kept track of it, like the FlyLady has her followers do during the "SuperFlings". Maybe I should track my home "weight loss" as well as my own. Hmmm....

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What is your opinion of what is said in this email I received from The-Organizer-Lady?

"From the Trenches - INSIGHTS ON HOARDING

Might I throw out the suggestion that in some cases... each thing is a way of HIDING.

HIDING from pain of some sort, or stress of some sort, seems to be behind obesity in most cases. (I hurt: so I will eat and feel better for a little while.)
I am talking here about genuine obesity--not "being chubby."

HIDING is also what we end up doing after we live a lifestyle filled with clutter. Hoarding is collecting gone mad it seems.

Part of that might be, as we hoard this or that, there is a feeling of ACCOMPLISHMENT or even of "winning" if we acquire something in the realm of what we choose to hoard.

While we are in "the process "of acquiring" it can be a very heady feeling....and a feeling that HIDES
us from whatever is going on in our life.

As long as we turn our attention to what seems comforting or exciting...then we can avert our eyes from the boring, difficult or monotonous tasks ahead of us.

Ysabella On the Messiness-and-Hoarding website.

Note: Not all Messies are hoarders but most keep too much stuff and the ideas given here may apply."

www.messies.com

Change yourself. You are in control.

Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony.

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This topic is a place we can put stuff and share opinions.
This could be anything relevant to hoarding or cluttering...
a thought
a feeling
an action
an attitude
a resource
a quote (please share the source if you know it)
a website
etc.

So...
What's your opinion of this as a topic?

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