Fly Lady: Elastic is not our friend

the-fly-ladyClutter has a way of slipping into our world without us even noticing. It piles up on our hotspots, in our dresser drawers and on our backsides. Yes you know that very personal clutter that we collect because we over indulge. All clutter is a result of over indulging; too many clothes, too many shoes, too much stuff!

What do we do with our clutter? We try to disguise it; by putting it in pretty little boxes, baskets and plastic tubs. Just because we have contained it does not make it any less clutter. In fact if you need to find something those clutter containers throw up all over your home. In our haste to camouflage our clutter we don’t get rid of it we just cover it up.

We do this with our bodies too! Think of it this way! Let’s say our favorite jeans get a little too tight! Instead of eliminating those sodas and sweet treats for a week; we reach for our fat clothes. You know the ones that are hiding in your drawer for those bloated “that time of the month” days. The ones with drawstrings and elastic; has wearing these clothes become part of your daily routine.

Elastic is not our friend! It doesn’t bring our Body Clutter to our attention! That little uncomfortable feeling in our jeans should be just the call to action we need to take the babysteps to declutter. I am not talking about crash dieting either. Those don’t work any better than crisis cleaning. Oh yeah they will help you lose the weight to get into that wedding dress or bathing suit but after you accomplish your unrealistic goal; the weight will come back and more too boot! We don’t need any more weight in our boots.

Here is what we can do to address our Body Clutter.

1. Don’t wear clothes with elastic or drawstrings.
2. Weigh every day! This tells you how your body reacted to what you did yesterday!
3. Never crash diet!
4. Eat 3 meals a day and 3 snacks. Eat something good for you every two hours.
5. Babystep your way out of drinking sugar or diet sodas. Replace with water.
6. Do 15 minutes of loving movement each day!
7. Drink 8 glasses of water. This is so simple and it is the best beauty treatment you can do!

Body Clutter is not just the cellulite on our thighs, it is the negative thinking we have between our ears. When we look at our relationship with food, we will begin to eat and move to bless our bodies. We have been indulging our little princess for a long time! You would not allow your children to eat like you do or be sedentary! It is time to go out and play!

For more help getting rid of your clutter and CHAOS, check out Marla Cilley’s website and join her free mentoring group at,  or read her book, Sink Reflections, published by Random House. Help me build a Habitat Home this year.  Please bless others with your clutter by donating it to a Habitat for Humanity Restore near you. Copyright 2013 Marla Cilley Used by permission in this publication.

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