People are 77 percent more likely to become overweight or obese if they maintain a cluttered home. According to a report by S. Saxena in the Oxford Handbook of Hoarding and Acquiring, individuals with a propensity to hoard tend to have a higher than normal body mass index as well as an increased obesity rate.
Clutter and extra body weight both represent an imbalance in your life, and it often requires tackling both issues to see meaningful strides in either category. In an article for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Sandra K Tunajek writes that “Living in a cluttered home can create subtle, constant, low-grade stress. Anxiety over clutter messes with your brain’s alpha waves and interferes with your sleep, making you more fatigued, impacting your hormone levels, and increasing production of cortisol.”
If your home is in chaos, it might cause you to make poor eating and exercise decisions; if you’re struggling with weight, it’s easy to forgo purging and cleaning which creates a negative cycle that repeats and compounds. So, how can you purge your home of clutter in order to prepare your life to lose weight? Here are a few ways to get started.
The Four-Box Method is effective because it forces you to take action immediately. Every time you pick up an item, you’re not allowed to put it down until you’ve decided its ultimate fate.
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Once you’ve identified the sources of the clutter and disorganization, start taking steps to cut them off at the source. Stop hitting the clearance section at Target, cancel your extra magazine subscriptions, or whatever else fuels the chaos in your home. Your goal is to stop clutter before it crosses the threshold of your home. Remember, mass consumption isn’t just a danger to your health, weight, and well being, it’s a threat to our planet!
As you purge your home of clutter and junk to move towards a cleaner, more organized space, embrace the feeling of relaxation and focus that comes from an environment and a life that is truly in balance.