Most of us spend lots of time and energy trying to slim down our bodies. But new research suggests a better strategy is to first slim down our homes.
Peter Walsh, author of “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” writes that clutter in our home can stand in the way of a more healthful lifestyle.
It’s true that lightening our physical load can brighten our minds and lift our spirits.
This week’s lifestyle challenge is to spend a minimum of 15 minutes each day decluttering.
Mr. Walsh suggests a good place to start is the kitchen:
Purge anything you don’t need.
Throw out duplicates and anything broken, stained or chipped beyond use.
Then make some tougher choices; get rid of all the old cookie cutters you never use or that fondue pot that’s been hanging around for years!
In her article “Making Progress Against Clutter” New York Times author, Jane Brody, suggests these helpful hints:
Gather everything you haven’t worn more than once in the last 12 months and give it away. There are people who actually need those clothes. ( an exception might be made for dressy clothes worn only on special occasions.)
For every new garment or pair of shoes you buy, an old one must go.
Discard electronic equipment that keeps us from living in the moment; piles of CDs and DVDs that are never watched or listened to and unwanted or unloved gifts from people you nonetheless care about.
Look through the pantry, freezer and cupboards, and discard all food that is likely to make you toxic, sluggish and fat.
If you’re traveling try spending time decluttering your computer.
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony.”
― Albert Einstein,