Our houses have more to do with our weight than you might imagine.
Most of my clients underestimate the importance of their physical environment. It comes as no surprise to me that when clients start changing their minds and bodies, they’re gripped with an insatiable urge to change something in their environment. Whether they realize it or not, what they want is to transform their exterior to match their transformed interior.
One of my clients, who lost 25 pounds and completely changed how she thinks about food, wine and shopping, hired an interior designer to overhaul the first floor of her house. Coincidence? I think not. Her mind and body felt fresh and light; time to reflect the same in her environment.
Other women get to work decluttering that area that’s driven them nuts for months, or even years. Truly. There is a connection between decluttering our minds, bodies and our environments.
The very moment I separated from my first husband, I hired Lynn McMillan, a rockin’ interior designer to redecorate my previous house. That house quickly transformed to represent my new life. Loveless, drab, sad, dark brown walls transformed to lovely pinks, beautiful floral fabrics, tons of gold, and wallpaper everywhere.
With Lynn’s guidance, I decorated that house to make my heart sing. Guess what happened when I transformed my exterior to feel like me? My interior caught up and matched, and I lost weight in the process. Hmmm…
Our houses really do reflect what’s going on in our lives and on our bodies. Is there a way that this might be true in your life?
What if the weight of your overcrowded and chaotic laundry room weighs on your mind? What if your laundry is piled up simply because you hate going down there? What if piled up laundry and a chaotic household drives you so crazy everyday that you turn to food, wine or shopping to avoid tackling laundry? You wouldn’t be the first.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of making these connections and then taking one small step towards dealing with the physical overwhelm, which will help to settle the emotional overwhelm.
Dig and do something to choose love for your environment. Set the timer for an hour and choose a spot that needs love-your fridge, your desk, your underwear drawer. Clear out the clutter and notice the lightness you feel the next time you approach that space.
You don’t have to wait until you lose the weight to redo a corner of your home. Rather, you could do it the other way around, like I did.
Are you ready for a big step? In both of my houses I have worked with Lynn from Noble Savage Interiors. This woman has been a Godsend with a capital G. Everyone I’ve referred her to has loved working with her. You can find Lynn here: http://noble savage.ca She is a talented visionary and curator, and a genius with colour. You won’t have to spend a fortune to create a new look and feel for your home, but you have my blessing if you want to!
Choose love for your environment. I would love to hear how clearing out the clutter and beautifying your physical environment clears out the clutter in your mind, and may just help you to turn to food a little less.