The Declutter Diet

When I first started on this journey, I didn't actually know I was on a weight loss journey.

I thought I was on a journey to declutter my office and my home.

But, at some point along the way, something shifted.

This is going to sound a little crazy unless you have experienced this for yourself, but, when you start making changes to your physical environment, sometimes other things shift, too, like your mindset and your ability to tackle other challenges.

That's what's happening in my case.

There's also been an added benefit. Because I've spent hours and hours doing the hard work of heaving boxes and otherwise decluttering large portions of two buildings, I've built up a fair bit of physical stamina -- stamina that served me well when I reconnected with the treadmill last week. (That was a happy surprise.)

Apparently, I'm not the only one who has noticed that there's a link between losing clutter and losing weight: my friend Ida Mae told me about the work of an organizational expert named Peter Walsh, who has written about this connection. Interesting stuff.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao Tzu