19 January 12 Living the Organized LifeThe New Year always brings with it new aspirations, and for many, a renewed commitment to improving their lives. So what better time than the present to consider how living the simple, organized life can not only improve your state of mind; it can also improve your health. All it takes is a little organization and a lot of fortitude.
According to many professional organizational experts, the benefits of getting rid of clutter in one's life are numerous. They include, but are not limited to:
- More Time - When everything has its place, you create more time in your day because you no longer have to go look for something every time you need it.
- Feeling of Accomplishment – De-cluttering your home gives you a sense of pride, replacing the sense of being overwhelmed and out of control.
- Your Home is Larger – Simply, an organized home is a larger home, giving you the space to roll out your yoga mat or pop in that new exercise DVD and get your heart rate pumping.
With these same principles in mind, taking the time to organize your life and your eating habits can also lead to weight loss, according to Peter Walsh, organizational design expert. A few years ago, Walsh spoke on Oprah Radio about how good organization and good health go hand in hand. From that interview, here are a few of his tips.
- "If you focus on the food, you will never lose weight," says Walsh. Instead, focus on getting organized and making small lifestyle changes that will have the greatest impact.
- Just like scheduling a trip to the grocery store, schedule your time to get to the gym. Both should be equally important.
- Stop eating takeout. Not only is most fast food loaded with calories, fat, salt and unhealthy preservatives, it's a sign that time wasn't planned for a meal.
- Make your kitchen an inviting place to work and create. If you don't have the space to prepare a healthy meal in your kitchen, chances are you won't. Instead, you're likely to slap something together that fits in your limited space instead of your calories plan.
- Eat slowly. By chewing your food at least 20 times, it forces you to slow down and enjoy your food.
- Make mealtimes a dining experience. You don't have to go out to restaurant to experience an inviting ambiance. Why not put down a nice tablecloth or light a couple candles when sitting at your own dinner table. "Dining is about enjoying good company and good food that is lovingly prepared, not just about eating," says Walsh.
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