A marriage made in 30 Day Challenge heaven.
I am nothing if not painfully aware that, while Im great at some things, decluttering is decidedly not my area of expertise.
Im working on it.
Im getting better day by day (seriously. you should see the flat surfaces Im uncovering).
Im no masterexpert yet.
As a result Ive recruited the master.
Ive brought in a true expert to spread some wisdom up in herre.
I give you Lorie of the Clutter Diet.
Please to enjoy.
At the Clutter Diet®, we are always telling people that getting organized is a lot like getting fit– because it’s really about personal change. A person has to be ready and committed to do both things, and nobody can do it for you. When people have called us to ask if we can organize their husbands, we always say, “Not any more than we can make him go on a diet!” (MizFit note: Love this. When I had my training studio I frequently heard from clients: Can you make my husband lose weight? I should have responded: No more than I can organize him.)
Here are a few other reasons that organizing and fitness are similar:
• Crash dieting doesn’t work, and neither does “crash organizing.” It’s great if you tackle a few huge projects one weekend and get some areas really organized, but unless you change the habits that got you disorganized in the first place, you will soon find the space a mess again. Both fitness and organization require permanent changes in your habits and routines. (MizFit note: Can I get an AMEN?!)
• “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” The basic idea to lose weight is to eat less and move more. Clutter must be managed by preventing bringing it into the home whenever possible and by regularly processing your items and getting rid of what is not needed. Both fitness and organization require a program of prevention, reduction, and regular maintenance.
• Being overweight brings with it feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment. When you are disorganized, you feel out of control. You feel you can’t have friends over, and you may get embarrassed by not showing up on time to appointments or keeping your promises to others. Both fitness and organization relieve embarrassment, reduce stress, and increase confidence. (MizFit note: ok, last time, AMEN, Sister!)
• Support from a friend goes a long way, and support from a trainer goes an even longer way. Weight Watchers® figured it out a long time ago with their program that includes in-person meetings—having expectations to check in with your progress provides the support to keep you going. And having expert advice and assistance is even better. Both fitness and organization progress most rapidly with personal advice, support, and accountability.
I started the Clutter Diet® program online because I am passionate about providing our expert help to people at an affordable price. I had a business for many years providing organizing services in person, but it was more of a luxury service. I was driven to create a way for anyone from anywhere to have the education, motivation, and support they need to get unstuck. We’ve now helped thousands of people in 9 countries!
Here are a few of the ways we can help people get organized:
• Daily “#ClutterTweetTip” on Twitter (@clutterdiet)
• Free weekly “Just a Bite” newsletter:
• 2-3x weekly blog posts.
The British interior designer and author Kelly Hoppen was quoted as saying, “I am convinced that a calm, quiet, and harmonious interior can be as beneficial to health as a sensible diet and regular exercise.” MizFit and I could not agree more!
Here’s your chance.
It’s time to show how freakin messy you were toot your own horn with regards to how you’ve done on The Great Thirty Day Declutter Challenge of 2009!
Lorie has been generous enough to offer to give away a copy of her book, Clutter Diet, to one lucky commenter.
The catch? You need to share.
You need to tell all of us what the silliest, most shocking or most surprising thing is you’ve uncovered on your journey to sweet, sweet clutter freedom.
I’ll start us off: Remember that prairie blouse to which I referred in the comments here? Turns out I’d never actually given it away. Methinks it is finally time.
Please to hit us all up in the comments.
(USA only. Winner announced Monday)