How decluttering, organising & keeping your surroundings tidy keeps you healthy
The 21 Day Autumn Cleanse isn’t just about detoxing and eating clean whole foods its about creating a healthy home and environment that inspires health and helps you apply healthy principles for life every day.
WHAT IS CLUTTER AND WHAT”S WRONG WITH IT?
Clutter is stuff we keep around our house that doesn’t add value to our lives. It can make us feel like life is out of control when we are surrounded by more things that we can manage and it can be a time waster and feel like an energy zapper especially when we can’t find the things we are looking for.
DECLUTTERING… is all about making room in our homes and life for the things that matter.
HAVING TROUBLE GETTING STARTED?
Begin with setting aside some garbage bags or boxes to put items you are going to throw away, give away or sell.
Make a commitment to your partner or friend. Invite a friend to help. Get the family involved.
Put some great music on, set a time limit, take a load off and set yourself free!
Start with decluttering your kitchen the heart of nutrition in your home.
Once you have decluttered your home and your life you are now ready to organise what you have. Keep this rule in mind – IF YOU CANT SEE IT, YOU DON’T OWN IT.
Organize your cabinets into several categories such as:
plates • glasses, cups and mugs • storage containers • serving dishes, teapots, jugs and trays • bowls • cooking utensils • cutlery • napkins and tea towels • cooking equipment such as toaster, slow food cooker, blender, juicer • cook books (though these are often displayed) • shopping bags • kitchen cleaning products • general bin • recycling bin • food waste bin for compost • etc.
PANTRY AND FRIDGE
Group like-minded items together for easy access and inventory assessment. Such as dried herbs & spices, oils, vinegars, teas, fruit. Store food cooked or raw in large rectangular clear containers for easy accessibility and visibility.
Save your countertop space for items you use daily. If you don’t use a toaster everyday then store it away. Keep salt, pepper, oil and vinegar in a tray on counter. Keep fruit and vegetables in bowls that don’t need refrigeration.
Don’t forget you need to begin with a declutter before you can organize. There is no point organising items you wont use, can’t use or don’t like. Dispose of old or inedible food and anything that you have now discovered is no longer good for you.
Create a family message centre on the refrigerator or other prominent place and use it for shopping lists, reminders, calendars and phone messages.
Organize the counter top of your bathroom by placing like minded items together in the bathroom cabinet drawer, cupboard and under the sink. Put items in a clear square or rectangular container and label to find easily. Use drawer organizers for makeup, jewellery, hair elastics and other loose items. Items you use everyday place together and pull out and put away with ease. The only items you want to have on your counter are those you use every time you visit the bathroom hand wash, hand cream and some pretty fresh flowers or a candle for decoration.
Organize your bathtub and shower by placing your personal care items such as soaps, body wash, shampoos and conditioners in shower caddies.
Keep fresh towels in the linen cupboard.
Don’t forget you need to begin with a declutter before you can organize. There is no point organising items you wont use, can’t use or don’t like such as makeup, lotions, old razors, sunscreen and perfume. Return old medications (including prescriptions) to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.
Separate your clothes by season. Make the ones you use more visible and store those you cant wear in large plastic buckets with lids, in a vacuum-sealed plastic bag or hang clothes in clear garment bags.
Organise like minded items together such as scarves, belts, ties, socks, and undergarments in drawers. Hang like minded clothes together such as shirts, skirts, dresses, trousers etc.
Use a shoe rack to keep shoes organized or store your shoes in clear plastic shoe boxes.
Place baskets in your closet for laundry and dry cleaning.
Gather all of your unused wire hangers and take them to the dry cleaners to recycle.
Don’t forget you need to begin with a declutter before you can organize. There is no point organizing items you wont use, can’t use or don’t like. Sort through, bag and donate anything you don’t wear anymore. This includes clothes that are no longer in fashion, no longer fit, or you haven’t worn in a year.
Cook extra the night before for lunch the next day.
Freeze edible scraps for another day.
Prepare lunches, set out clothes and put everything you need for the next day in a designated area the night before.
Place your purse, briefcase, cell phone and keys in a designated area every day so you always know where they are.
Decide on what you are going to eat for breakfast the night before.
Make a “to do” list for the next day and prioritise the tasks.
Every item you own has a home.
According to Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, “The reason every item must have a designated place is because the existence of an item without a home multiplies the chances that your space will become cluttered again”.
If you take it out, put it back;
If you open it, close it;
If you throw it down, pick it up;
If you make a mess, clean it up;
and so on.
Use trays or containers to move items from one room to the next. This way it can stay on the tray or put back on the tray when items need to be put away. For example, drinking tea in another room, use a tray to carry your teapot and teacups. Use a plastic caddy to store cleaning supplies, and simply move it from room to room. Store toys in plastic tubs with wheels for easy play and tidy up. Don’t have a home office but spread yourself out on a dining table? Keep papers and laptops on a large tray, unpack as you need and put away when it’s time for dinner. So much easier then moving away bits and pieces.
Each night before bedtime, have all family members pick up clutter for 10 to 15 minutes. Waking up to clean bedroom, kitchen or home is an excellent start to the day. You will feel organized and on top of things. Your day will flow with ease.
Putting your home and environment in order helps you to discover what you really want. Keep only things that speak to your heart and contribute to your health and daily self care.