by Janette Janero
How well do you manage your “stuff”? Take a moment and think about each room in your home. Does it serve its purpose?
Is your bedroom a neat environment inviting to sleep and relaxation? Are the counter tops in your kitchen clutter free and ready for quick food preparations? Are your closets purged of clothing that no longer fits?
Keep your bedroom neat and clear of items that will cause you to think about the common stresses of your daily life. Allow it to be an oasis where you enter to relax and rejuvenate your body with restful sleep. I urge you to consider removing your television set from your bedroom if you currently have one there. Contrary to what you may think, leaving your television on during the evening will disrupt your sleeping pattern. You may feel that it is helping you relax and clear your mind, however the bright light from the screen will confuse your circadian rhythm and not allow your sleep to be as restful as it could be. You can play soft music instead if you like to sleep with noise in the background.
A clutter free kitchen is the first step in proper meal planning and preparation. If you walk into your kitchen and all you see is cluttered countertops, then chances are you will order take-out or reach for quick-fix junk foods rather than take the time to clear the kitchen to then get started preparing a home-made snack or meal.
Surrounding yourself with clothing that no longer fits can create a negative body image. Whether the clothing be too large or too small, it is a representation of the past. Donate these item and make room in your closet for the new you! You will find that you will have a lot of free space which will help you save time while getting ready in the mornings! A good rule of thumb is to get rid of clothing that you have not worn in a year.
I do not want to overwhelm you with the thought of having to do a complete spring cleaning! I will urge you though to take twenty minutes each day for the next week to create an organized environment in your bedroom, kitchen, and closet. These small changes will that lead to a healthier lifestyle and help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.