Today I’m getting ahead start on my spring cleaning. It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in a year. We have so many clothes the boys have outgrown we could probably have a garage sale with them alone and do pretty well. lol I’m about to tackle my closet, which for the last few months has become a storage room…again. You can’t even walk in it with tripping over something and risking injury. During the holidays it tends to get neglected even more. Maybe this will be part one of my organizing series in my 30 Days of Pinterest Inspired Projects Series. I’m somewhat embarrassed to take a before pic of that’s how bad it is right now. I thought this July 2011 post would be perfect for today. 🙂
This weekend I’ve been cleaning out closets and bedrooms and trying to get organized. I’ve held onto certain things thinking I would eventually use them again only to realize a year has passed and they remain unused. While cleaning out my closet and making a huge garage sale pile, it occurred to me that being organized in all areas of your life can actually help with weight loss. If you are surrounded by clutter and chaos, it can cause you to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and fatigued, all which can cause you be unmotivated or have the energy to devote to cleaning as well as taking care of yourself. For me, being organized helps me to feel relaxed and more able to think clearly. Being able to think clearly helps me be able to focus on my weight loss goals. It also doesn’t allow me to use the excuse of not having time to devote to living healthy. There are 3 times a year that I do a major cleaning: right before school begins, right after Christmas, and right after school ends. The rest of the year is just picking up here and there. Believe me, as a mom of 3, it’s not easy being or staying organized. I thought I share some of my organizing tips that have helped me.
- If you haven’t used something in a year or more chances are you probably won’t ever use it again. It’s just taking up space, collecting dust, and you’ve probably forgotten about it anyway. Get rid of it.
- Don’t hang onto your “fat clothes.” You don’t want to give yourself the option of gaining the weight back. Only keep clothes you can wear now or that you will be able to wear once you lose weight. Donate the rest.
- Old magazines and newspapers can be recycled or given away, otherwise they are just clutter.
- Throw out food that has gone bad. If there is any food not worthy of your weight loss efforts and are non-perishable, donate them to your nearest food bank. Or clean out a cabinet in the kitchen just for you to keep your healthy foods in so you won’t be tempted by the rest of the family’s snacks.
- Straighten cabinets and drawers. Even hidden clutter can be draining especially when you can’t locate that one item you are looking for.
- Organize loose papers/bills. Shred those you throw out, no need to risk identity theft.
- Get a notebook to track your fitness and nutrition and help you figure out your goals. Some find this essential to helping them get on track.
- Plan your meals ahead of time and set aside one day each week or every 2 weeks to shop for things you may need. This will eliminate having to make multiple trips to the grocery store through the week just for one or two items, therefore saving time. Cut up fruits and veggies as soon as you get home.
- The night before make sure lunches are packed, vehicles are gassed up, and clothes ironed and ready to go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ran late because I was about to run out of gas or just pulling my clothes out of the dryer. Having it done the night before gives me a few extra minutes to sleep in.
I totally get that organizing can be very overwhelming. I’m not always on top of it, but I’m working to change that. I have found when I’m in control of my surroundings I am less stressed and have more energy for my workouts. I would love to hear if anyone has any other tips.
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