do my thighs feel thinner because my kitchen is clean?

About two years ago I read a book by Peter Walsh called Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Big?   Loved the title and the concept.   While it didn’t change my life overnight, it was among several resources that helped me step into a new way of living.

With the help of some dear friends, reference books and TV shows –  I got organized.   As I blogged early last year, they were right, finding a place for everything and putting things back in their places rocks!

And ya know what?  I’ve stuck to this new way of living.   I’m not saying I don’t still have one junk drawer; a stack of random papers in my studio; or that I NEVER go to bed with dishes in the sink.  I am saying that, at any given point, I know where to find my three v-neck, 3/4 length sleeved, black T-shirts; a pair of good scissors; and IN DATE spices.

This may not seem like much to some of you uber-organizers.  To me though, it’s MAJOR.

This process (and that’s what it is) has taught me MUCH.  I’ve noticed one guiding principle in this new way of living – I do not bring anything into my home without taking something out to offset it.  Yep, even groceries and mail.   It’s amazing how this IF/THEN exercise keeps the power of choosing in the front of my mind.  Note:  this does NOT include people or dogs.:)

So – DO my thighs feel thinner?  Maybe a little.  I DO feel lighter, more at peace and my life is much less complicated since cleaned my mirror and traded in my baggy jeans for some What Not to Wear recommended ones.   Who knew?

What guiding principles help you feel lighter, more at peace and UNcomplicate your life?


5 thoughts on “do my thighs feel thinner because my kitchen is clean?

  1. This really is true. I am currently visiting my parents who are major “stuffers”. I mean they stuff things in drawers, closets, under beds, and in cabinets. I recently decluttered my home after realizing I shared these same behaviors. The house looked good but I couldn’t find the things I needed without the house looking like a tornado. This has really alleviated stress. When I know I need an important paper I don’t have to stress out about finding it. I know where it is. I was living in a constant state of stress because of my lack of organization. I thought this was normal. Now I can breathe easier and live a much “lighter” life as a result. Thanks for this post it really hit home. BTW- I started my decluttering by using a system called Flylady. She has a saying,”Progress not perfection.” That was a lifesaver for me.

  2. Love this Lisa! 🙂 As I am unpacking boxes from moving into our new place I am going to think of making my thighs a little thinner too!!! It is so true that when you make your bed, windex the glass breakfast table after you eat or put away the 5 piles of folded laundry that has been sitting on your dresser for 2 weeks, you do feel “lighter”!
    Cheers to Skinny thighs and beautiful homes!
    cat~

  3. I have used the de-cluttering principles in my work office and it makes me feel much better and lighter.

    I will be de-cluttering the house soon too….one room at a time!

  4. Since reading this blog posting, I have given lots of thoughts to de-cluttering….and I’ve even taken some de-cluttering action. My thighs may not look any thinnner, but my heart is feeling lighter! 🙂

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