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Now that Spring is officially here it’s time to get our mind, bodies and home cleansed of the clutter that has accumulated over the past several months.
Sometimes the best jumpstart is to detox. Last year I was disgusted with myself. Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but after eating too many carbs and comfort food I needed to make a change. So I did what any typical Type A person would do… I decided to detox my body.
I gave up processed foods, dairy, and sugar. I’m not going to lie, the first week was tough, but quickly my body (and mind) adjusted to the changes I was making. By the end of the second week I was feeling better, not just physically, but mentally.
What began as a detox has now become a way of life. I find that I don’t really miss the things I cut out so I don’t feel deprived. When I speak with people about reducing clutter in their life, it’s not much different than my food detox. Often, the very things you thought you couldn’t live without aren’t missed once removed from the picture.
Before you embark of any type of detox I recommend asking yourself these 3 questions:
- Is it sustainable? Why invest time in something if you are only going to be back where you started a month from now? Setting realistic expectations with achievable benchmarks is what motivates you to keep going.
- Are you prepared to change? You can’t expect to lose weight if you keep eating potato chips at night. If you are serious about wanting to reduce your clutter then you will need to make some adjustments to your current routines.
- Is someone holding you accountable? It’s really easy to sneak that cookie if no one is watching. The same holds true for organizing. Having someone hold you accountable, especially at the beginning, can mean the difference between success and defeat.
If you can answer yes to each of these questions you have taken the first step. Weight loss and de-cluttering can be overwhelming tasks. The good news is, with the right motivation it’s easier than you think.