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The mail was stacked high, the pots and pans from yesterday were still unwashed, and my desk was a disaster!
I knew at that moment I needed to get rid of the clutter for my sanity; but what happened next surprised me!
After a few days on my declutter mission I found myself changing on the inside and out. I was losing weight without trying, seeming to have more energy, and my appetite had changed! I’m still a busy lady and still sleep deprived, but something changed and I wondered what! Then a light-bulb went off; I had cleaned much of the house for Christmas, and I’ve been continually cleaning and throwing excess “things” away since then. Could getting rid of the excess inside my home be related to getting rid of excess fat on my body?
Could clutter make me fat?
My curiosity was piqued, so off to Google I went. Have others claimed getting rid of clutter helped them get rid of fat too? Why yes, yes they did! There is even a book on the subject!
So I was right; maybe my clutter was helping me get fat! But how?
Clutter makes me feel out of control!
I notice when my home is cluttered I feel out of control, and I often times will grab something to eat when I’m stressed. I have known my stress level is going down now that things are getting in order and I’m not stress eating as much.
Clutter is emotionally draining!
Clutter is emotionally draining for me. I find myself needing to take a lot of breaks when I am trying to clean a large area. I’ve seen myself taking a 15 minute break after only cleaning for 20 because I’m overwhelmed. And guess what I do when I take a break? I sit on the couch and often times eat something! So I’m not active and I’m eating? Bad situation! But now I don’t see my home as being so cluttered, and I’m not taking cleaning breaks because I’m overwhelmed.
Decluttering made it easier to cook!
I also noticed I cook more homemade food when my kitchen is cleaner. Normally there is always a pot or pan (or three) that needs to be washed from a past meal. I know I could wash that pan in less than a minute, but I’ll admit that it is just easier to make something else (or call in a pizza to be delivered) so I don’t have to clean right this second. Now that the counters are cleaner and I wash the pots and pans after using them, I feel encouraged to make a healthy meal instead of cereal or sandwiches. I’ve noticed myself making two or three times more homemade meals per week now that I’ve de-cluttered and cleaned. Less processed food and more healthy options are helping me to slim down.
So now that I’m convinced my de-cluttering is helping me lose some weight, I’m even more motivated to throw my excess items and take a few minutes a day to keep my home clean. I actually seek out items to get rid of now!
Will you declutter with me? It might be the best diet plan for me!
So what do you think; would you join me in a declutter mission? My January Mental Health Cleaning Schedule is what I’m following this month. And I will make a new one in a couple weeks for February.