Blog: An Organization Diet -- Lose the clutter and drop the weight
Looking Back- Diet Overview
Congratulations! For those of you with me since January, you've now completed the experimental 15 week Organization Diet Program. From information gathered during these trial weeks and from many testimonials from women all over the country, I will be re-formatting and tweaking the program into a shorter version. Quite simply, I'll be taking the very best of the program and streamlining it a bit for a possible new book on the market in the near future. Thank you for those of you who have submitted stories, suggestions and feedback for the manuscript! For those of you still on the program or just starting the program (flip back to my January 7th blog for week 1) I encourage you to keep in touch with me as to how you are doing on the program! www.LifestylingwithLisa.com
I think the primary purpose of committing to this blog each week is to demonstrate the tangible evidence of clutter vs. control in our life...even when it comes to dieting! When our space is a mess, our bodies absorb some of that feeling. When our homes are chaotic, so become our eating habits. When we have disorder and chaos in our living space each day, it is nearly impossible to focus on healthy eating. When we have clutter...we have weight to lose!
Let me review the program in a nutshell. For each of the daily 'assignments' listed below, you are instructed to write out a 3x5" index card and placing them into a file/recipe type box. Each morning, you should simply take out all of the cards (cards are accumulated each week...see prior blogs for week that each one is introduced) and place them on your kitchen counter or on your desk (wherever you are more apt to see them throughout the day). The idea is to put each card back AFTER you accomplish that task! Week after week the program should get easier as the dietary cards hopefully become habit! Each week on the program a new area of your home becomes that week's 'pit-stop organizational project'. Also, there is a 'clutter critter' item in your home to exterminate each week!
Well, I don't know about ALL of you, but many have corresponded with me telling me that in fact, not only is their house 'lighter' with less junk, but they look or feel 'lighter' as well!
Doris J. from the Nashville area said she had lost 9 pounds by week 4 and started feeling more in control of her life from week one on the program! Jenny W. from Seattle was finally able to clear out a cluttered storage room in your home to make a brand new office as a result of the momentum she felt on the program! Marie from Westchester, NY lost a total of 12 pounds while on The Organization Diet (that's almost a pound every single week!). Congrats to you and every one else that successfully completed the program! And Me? Well, I did shed a few pounds (enough to get me continuing to go downward on the scale now!) but I feel like a HUGE weight is off my shoulders by finally clearing out a huge storage area in my basement (it took a dumpster to be delivered to my home!). It's amazing the feeling of having that weight lifted after so many years of 'keeping the storage room door closed'...and that feeling is definetly finding me more energized, productive, creative...and willing and able to eat healthier. Try the program...you will see how our space works directly with our state of mind!
Here is the program, as we accomplished it:
*18 DAILY BASE CARDS to complete every day:
8 DRINK A GLASS OF WATER cards
3 Vegetable cards (adding 2 more in week 12)
2 fruit cards (adding 2 more in week 12)
1 Daily Exercise Card
1 Daily Toss Card (get rid of some random clutter item in your home daily)
1 Eat a healthy breakfast card
1 Meal planning card
1 Make Bed card
*Add these pit stop organizing cards one per week:
Clear all counters and tabletops in your home!
Clear those clutter hot spots around the home (boxes & bins lying around, etc.)
Master Closet clearing
Family room/living room clean up
The linen closet and/or any hall closets
Storage areas: basement/attic
*Add one 'clutter critter' household item to exterminate each week:
Filled laundry baskets-get them emptied!
Old/unused kitchen gadgets
outgrown toys & kids sports equipment
old ratty towels
unfinished craft projects you lost interest in
knick knacks no longer loved
For those of you that really enjoyed the program and want to explore my first women's lifestyle program, I encourage you to order a copy of my bestselling book: SIMPLE STEPS: 10 Weeks To Getting Control Of Your Life
(NAL-Penguin Books, NY). The program, that was featured on Oprah Winfrey is also available as a 2008 Wall Calendar (both available through www.onlineorganizing.com
Good luck to all of you. Happy Organizing!
Lisa Lelas, Professional Organizer/Life Coach/Author.
Keep your emails coming () I'd love to hear from you!
posted on: 4/29/2008 12:30:00 PM by Lisa Lelas
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Lisa Lelas is an author, life coach, professional organizer and speaker on the subject of simplifying, enhancing and organizing one's life. The owner of Life Styling, in Guilford, on the Connecticut Shoreline, Lisa has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show, NBC news, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal and more. She is the creator/host of the country's first daily talk radio feature "The Organizing Minute" and has come to be known in New England as "the organizing lady" from her many regular segments on local TV network affiliates, radio & the press. Lisa is the author of the bestselling 'Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life', 'Simple Steps for Every Holiday', Simple Steps Audio-book (6 CD set), an all new Simple Steps wall calendar 2008, and creator of a retail line of floral hand painted and collaged organizing bins called 'Blooming Bins'. Lisa lives in Guilford, CT with her husband, John, two daughters, Lindsay 10 and Lexy 8 and her very spoiled, very cute maltese dog, Daisy!