I’ve kicked off my holiday clutter diet by starting the 40 bags in 40 days challenge and at the same time have started a food diet for my body. Instead of starving myself I’m working at making sure I only eat the foods my body needs and exercising to stay healthy. Yes, I’m limited myself somewhat with calories but overall the goal is a lifestyle change, not a diet – just like with my home. By offering loose limits to choose just the stuff I love I’m creating a happier, and healthier, home environment.
Here are some ways that losing clutter has helped me lose weight:
- Time. I just have kept myself more busy with the process of uncluttering that I haven’t had time to eat.
- Movement. Again, the process keeps me moving, and I know the upkeep will also keep me active as I work harder to keep my house clean.
- Food prep. A clutter free kitchen means that I can prepare healthy meals more easily and less likely to turn to take out and convenience foods.
- Routines. Now that I’m getting into better household routines I have a specific time of day to exercise and no excuse.
- Stress. I am definitely a stress eater and having my home less full of clutter and cleaned up puts me at ease which helps me not want to eat as much.
- Time. I actually have more time now that I’m not wasting it looking for things, moving around stuff, and tackling cleaning right away.
- Money. Getting organized has helped me to waste less food, buy less useless stuff, and reuse what I already have. I also think carefully about purchases before I make them. The extra money can now be spent on different healthy foods to stay motivated.
- Mood. I am just a generally happy person when I have tackled the above points which means I’m more likely to want to take care of myself. Living in a healthy environment makes me want to put a healthy person in it!
It’s amazing how all the aspects of your life are interconnected and how small, positive changes have a ripple effect on your overall well being.