Have you noticed how decluttering is all the rage? I’ve embraced it whole heartedly and said “sayonara” to a good chunk of my belongings. It feels great, it looks great, it’s less expensive, it’s easier to find things and it’s way easier to clean up. Most of all I love that I love everything I own (almost). Pretty much everything you read on the joys and benefits of decluttering are – well – true. Less is most definitely more.
This got me thinking. What about all the other clutter? The digital clutter, the mental clutter (don’t get me started) and most of all what about the body clutter? Decluttering the house resulted in feeling wonderful about my house. What if I decluttered my body? I feel like I’ve got quite a bit of body clutter hanging around. I definitely don’t need all of me. I think I could let go of about 10 – 15 % of myself. You know, the double chin, the muffin top, the giggly thighs – that sort of 10-15%.
Does this sound deceptively like a diet? It’s not. It’s a map to follow t0 help you let go of what you don’t need. It doesn’t need to be weight related in the slightest. I realized lately that my prized Ray Ban sunglasses are pretty much glued to my face even when it’s grey and rainy. Are my sunglasses body clutter?
First, understand realistically what you need to let go of. Is it your sunglasses? do you just need a haircut to get rid of those split ends? or perhaps you should be using half the amount of makeup you’re currently using. Figure out specifically what you want to be rid of most and start with that. Be really specific – for instance, if you feel life would be better with a slimmer waist:
- grab a tape measure and measure (non judgmentally) your waist measurement, then decide (realistically) exactly how many centimeters or inches you need to say goodbye to and how long you expect this to take.
- Research ab exercises and the best belly slimming foods. Block out 10 minutes a day in your schedule to do the ab exercises and make a shopping list for the groceries.
- Stock the fridge with the groceries, add a snack bag to your purse and car so you’re ready when hunger strikes.
- Declutter the kitchen cabinets of all temptations and steer away from bakeries for a good month.
- If you slip up and eat a chocolate croissant – enjoy it!! then have a Green Juice or a bowl of soup for your next meal.
- Keep decluttering your kitchen and your closet – things work in tandem.
Have you thought of piercings as another type of body clutter? If you have multiple piercings how do you feel about relieving your body of a few?
A friend of mine used to wear about 10 bangles on both wrists, it became a bit of a security blanket for her but also began to weigh her down. Slowly, she removed one bangle a day until they were down to a manageable amount. She felt free of her shackles.
How about you – what body clutter are you contending with? What will you let go of? What do you want to hold on to and why? I’d love to hear……