Cluttered House, Cluttered Body?

I found an interesting link yesterday, and man, was it timely. Just the thing I needed to start the weekend!

This link will take you to a wonderful article posted on The New York Times website about the possible connections between cluttery folks and excess weight. I’d never really thought about any sort of link between the two. Since I suffer from both afflictions, this article has me pondering mightily over the similarities in the causes (not living mindfully, in my case) and the resulting reactions.


After the holidays, many shoppers load up their carts with storage bins, shelving systems and color-coded containers, all in a resolute quest to get organized for the new year.

It strikes me now that this fits in perfectly with the Grand Fitness Plan so many of us concoct at the beginning of a new year. As with clutter control, The GFP usually involves buying things to help us: new workout videos, diet aids such as grapefruit, grapefruit, and grapefruit, fitness equipment like treadmills, elliptical trainers, etc., and so on and so on. In both of these situations, we’re approaching the problem from outside the problem itelf, when the answer is inside us, waiting to be uncovered.

Ms. Johnson says she often sees a link between her client’s efforts to get organized and weight loss. “I think someone decides, ‘I’m not going to live like this anymore. I’m not going to hold onto my stuff, I’m not going to hold onto my weight,’” she said. “I don’t know that one comes before the other. It’s part of that same life-change decision.”

I’ve been looking at this clutter tendency of mine as a function of bad housekeeping habits. I think, in reality, it’s bad Cammykeeping habits, primarily mindless acquisition combined with tchtotzke gluttony. The similarity to mindless eating, which I have already addressed with a measure of success, is what has me feeling a bit like Nancy Drew holding her Best Clue Ever. I think I can solve the case now. :)

Hope you have a nice weekend. I’ll be slaying dragons here, or at least sharpening my sword. :)