Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I've Been Neglecting...

... my bedroom.

Oh my goodness, no wonder I have been so tired and felt so miserable lately. I have been sleeping in a den of clutter and dust. Today, I've been working on it, and wow. It really is no wonder I am not well  rested.

I truly believe it is draining and unsettling to live in clutter. Piles and boxes of stuff is just not good for the soul, especially when the piles and boxes contain things that are emotionally charged. You may forget what's in there, but your subconscious knows what it is surrounded by. And that is just not healthy for the mind and spirit.

Second to that, sleeping in dust is BAD. It is especially harmful when you are seriously allergic to dust and dust mites, as I am. I had allergy testing done some time back and they said I have a severe allergy to dust and cats, among other things. I am pretty sensitive. I have to carry an Epipen and benedryl in case of wasp stings or if I get in contact with shellfish, and our cat is not allowed in the main living area of the house. I had to take the carpet out of my bedroom (and most of the rest of the house) and put down laminate flooring to keep the dust down. I used to dust and vacuum my bedroom once or twice a week, but I have been neglecting it.

I also have been doing the "box and stash" method of house cleaning when people are coming over (just throw all the random stuff in a box and stick it in the bedroom). And I had other boxes of stuff I wanted to go through just sitting out in my room with no lids on them for literally YEARS now, so dust was gathering in there among all the stuff.

Well, today I finally had enough, started pulling out boxes left and right, and boy did the dust fly. All the things under my bed were super dusty. All the boxes were full of dusty clutter. There were things in there that I have never thrown out but that bother me emotionally for some reason or another, such as a notebook full of weight loss programs from the 90's and a broken statue of the Taj Mahal that someone gave me when I was a teen. Out they all went! Box after box was emptied... some of it going for donations, some being saved, and some trashed. After all was said and done, seven large boxes were emptied and everything I wanted to keep fit into one medium sized box. But I had to get out of there and take some allergy medication because I have never seen so much dust in my life. Bad, very bad, and I am sure sleeping in there has been affecting my health. I need to go back in and vacuum, do a bit more picking up and then I will have a nice, clean, fresh, uncluttered room to sleep peacefully in tonight.

It's important to remember that weight loss and health is not just about food and exercise. It's about all kinds of things, from a healthy environment to restful sleep to letting go of things emotionally. I am happy to have begun this new part of my journey where I LET GO of things that hurt me. I have a lot of *stuff*, both literal and figurative, to sort through and dust off, and part of my success hinges on letting go.

17 comments:

Patricia said...

"...your subconscious knows what it is surrounded by."

Those words are ringing in my head. Stuff-related experiences: 1) lost everything except clothes on my back in an apartment fire in '03, 2) my mom passed away in '08 and I have a lot of boxes of stuff from her and my dad (he passed many years ago), 3) I'm preparing to move to a very, very tiny space (on purpose) so need to purge all extraneous stuff.

I've gotten rid of a lot already through donation, sale, trash. Don't have much personal stuff anyway since that fire. But I'm still struggling with the "parent boxes." Also struggling with maternal ghosts in therapy...

No idea where I'm going with this, but wanted to share how perhaps the things you may least expect to impact your readers, Lyn, do!

beerab said...

Sounds like you cleansed your soul a bit too :) I feel the same way about clutter... I can't stand it...

Undercover Dieting said...

You are SO right! I have way too much stuff, and my bedroom looks like a mess. Even if it might not affect my health, it certainly affects my mood! I'll follow your example and clean out some old stuff! :)

athome713 said...

Thank you for this, Lyn. You have been such a help with the weight loss, now as if reading my mind I need to get control of the "stuff" in my house. Anxious to read more. Blessings to you :)
Lois

Anonymous said...

When you're tired and miserable, it's also helpful to look at what you've been eating.

For me, and from what I've seen on your blog, too many carbs = tired and miserable.

I don't think they necessarily need to be limited as much as they were on Medifast and I don't think they necessarily need to be counted. And for me, too, wheat and sugar are the worst, the fastest path to tired and miserable and also make me want more.

Your food plan looks good -- we get plenty of healthy carbs in legumes. My grains mostly consist of whole grain rice and oats, some brown rice pasta.

I like to think I can manage the occasional sandwich on good whole wheat bread or slice or two of pizza but so often it leads to trouble.

Good luck with this transition period!

Arabella

Anonymous said...

Oh and about the clutter... in my experience, it's all coming together or it's all falling apart. Did you read "Does this clutter make my butt look fat?" Rings true for me.

Taking control in one area seems to translate to control in other areas too.

This is such a multi-faceted issue, this food and weight thing. Not to mention this "life" thing.

Arabella

Lesley said...

You are sooo right! Even I feel better just reading about that monster clear out. well done - I'm sure you'll feel in more ways than one now you've tackled it!

Lesley xx

Andra said...

So much this! A clean house is so zen, a real stress reliever. Less stress, less stress snacking.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, you continue to rock my world! I love your thoughtfulness and honesty and boy -- decluttering is so definitely good for the soul! Besides which, we all know how weight and sleep are so interconnected. A good nights' sleep gives us all the strength to resist cravings...

Karen said...

Lyn,

In my life I seem to either be totally present and doing ALL the things I need to do or totally checked out and only doing the bare minimum to sustain life.

And when my surroundings are in order I feel calmness and peace when I look around my house!!! And all of that means I usually don't feel the need to binge.

So, as usual, you are exactly right...these things are SO related.

Here's to ALL of us staying checked in!!!

Gavz said...

True, a clean place really lifts ones soul and spirits... :-)

I came across our blog a week back, and you really are a great inspiration... Thank You... :-)

Dawniepants said...

Oh this post struck a chord with me. We've been redecorating the whole house and my entire closet is currently piled sky high in boxes and it is driving me crazy. I really cant relax when I'm surrounded by mess so I feel your pain. I'm desperately trying to get it sorted at the moment, hopefully I'll be following you're lead soon!

PlumPetals said...

Getting rid of clutter and getting things organized really helps me feel more in control ... even if it is in only one aspect of my life. Still, I've always found that I can take that renewed energy and apply it to other things - almost like having a fresh start and making the most of a positive change ... like taking a look at my food plan/exercise routine etc. etc.

:)

Forty Pound Sack said...

Suze Orman swears that if your finances are a mess, you will not be able to lose weight. I don't know the reasoning behinds that but I believe that it has to do with the stress of keeping your head above water, so to speak. Great post ~

Debbie said...

Great post! I've been purging the stuff from my house & life too. It is very freeing when we realize how much excess stuff we don't need in our lives. Good for you!

hopefulandfree said...

hi lyn! i do think it helps to create an environment that better corresponds to your personal needs. i thrive in quiet and serene places, with a predictable place for each object to return to when not in use. getting there--creating that environment, working out the kinks in the system--takes effort and time. but you may find a greater sense of self and security as you make progress. these feelings really can make other aspects of your life feel less chaotic and uncertain, including your approach to eating.
best wishes with the big project! <3

Steelers6 said...

Just wanted to say how proud I am of you for getting rid of stuff.

Blessings, Chrissy