Clutter clearing and weight loss
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston - Readers' letters
The correlation between weight and clutter
The correlation between weight and clutter is real. It's all about image and how we feel about ourselves. When I began decluttering my house this past week I noticed a huge surge in energy (to the point where I became too wired at night to sleep), and less inclination to snack on junk food. I am overweight but I already feel better about myself and I can see the difference in how I dress. Today was the first day I arrived at work on time, dressed well and neat and organized, and feeling good about myself. I hope this feeling lasts forever. What a wonderful side effect clutter clearing offers! ~ Cherie
120 pounds overweight and clutter clearing
Back in 2000, I read Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui and did a thorough clearing out. There were clothing items in all sizes in my closet and there were especially some small sizes that I was "one day going to fit into again", although I had not been able to wear them in over a decade. At that point, I was 120 pounds overweight!
After reading your book, I was inspired to let go of them and just decided that my weight was just that....my weight at the moment (even though it had been that amount for many years). I really didn't think about the issue again for about 3 months until it was revealed to me about a weight loss surgery called the Biliopancreatic Diversion/Duodenal Switch. Immediately, I knew that this was the solution for me and everything went very smooth in the details to get it. I had the surgery on 10/19/2000 and released the 120 pounds, along with a lot of bad self-esteem and physical ailments due to the morbid obesity. The surgery was THE best thing I have ever done for myself and the weight has continued to stay OFF (it never had stayed off with any other diet/exercise program ever)!
I'm convinced that if I had not let go of those clothes and done the clutter clearing that info about the surgery would not have come to me. ~ Sincerely, Dee, USA
I am 20 pounds lighter than when I began clutter clearing
I am a horrible insomniac. I have tried every trick in the book, so about three months ago I decided that the next night when I encountered a sleepless night, I would "read a boring book." The experts say that will lull you back to sleep. At the time, I grabbed your book, Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui, from the bookshelf and was sure that I would be in a deep slumber within minutes.
Well, your book was impossible to put down. Needless to say, it did not qualify as that boring book that would help me get sleepy. Instead, I was so inspired that I called in for a sub for the next day (I teach high school band) and decided the most important thing I could tackle would be my garage.
It had seemed so overwhelming that I had been just shutting the door and ignoring it. The garage lies directly below our kitchen and family room - where we spend most of our time. I was 20 pounds over weight. As I forged through your book, I saw some serious connections between the clutter in my garage and the clutter in my life.
It is now several months later. My garage looks like a model home. My office at school - and my classroom - are in a state of organization I never thought possible with 240 teenagers traipsing through each day. And...I am 20 pounds lighter than I was when this began. Yesterday I bought a pair of size 10 pants - for the first time in 10 years!
Your book doesn't just do a superficial "fix it" for looks, it truly offers solutions that transforms lives. Thank you for writing such important information in a manner that is accessible by 'regular' people. My life has improved. I feel freer. I could not have done this without your book!
THANK YOU for changing my life! ~ ~ Lesley, USA (High School Director of Bands & Percussion)
Clutter clearing makes the difference in a weight loss program
I have battled with my weight for many years now and am currently completing my fourth month with Weight Watchers having only lost 4 kgs (8,8lbs)!! Today at weekly weigh-in, the scale said I'd lost a further 1,4 kgs (3lbs)!!!! I've done nothing different other than get rid of a load of clutter in my house - I think my body got the message!!!!! - Rae, South Africa
Each time I moved house I lost five pounds
Last year I moved for the second time in two years. Each time I moved I gave away useful things and threw away junk. Each time I lost 5 pounds!
With the second move my clutter sensitivity rose. Although much clearer, I'm aware of what remains to be done. It's like a little itch in my psyche. Interestingly, in procrastinating I've gained back a few pounds. Now I'm going to hop to it.
I'm also clearing and planting a formerly neglected garden behind my apartment and feel the energy shift not just in the land but in my home, three stories up. I've put in two birdbaths and love to hear the splashing when the birds bathe.
I appreciate your newsletters keeping this consciousness alive for us. Thank you so much! ~ Mary Jane
Weight loss after pregnancy
For several years now, the clutter in my home has been sucking the life out of me. I have moved 10 times in the past 10 years and have dragged my junk with me every time. Every time I tried to get my home in order, I would feel paralyzed by the mountains of STUFF. A week ago, I just got fed-up. I pulled your book, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, off my bookcase and devoured it in a few hours. I'd had the book for several months but have always been too afraid to begin. I have only scratched the surface of my clutter and already the changes are amazing! I have more energy than I've had in years. Quite an accomplishment for the mother of a 3-month-old baby!
My post-pregnancy weight had hit a plateau, but I dropped 3 pounds since I began cleaning, without even trying! The junk food that was so comforting to me now has no flavor.
I am finally ready to get rid of the things that were keeping me in the past. My things seemed like part of my identity. Now I know that they keep me from being who I am NOW. This morning, I began cleaning out my closet. What I thought would be an all-day project took less than 30 minutes. Now I wonder why on earth I hauled that stuff around!
As a new mother, I am realizing that my clutter has been holding me back in life. I cannot, will not allow this junk to carry over into my daughter's life. Our family deserves better. I don't know where this will lead us, but I can't wait to find out! Since I began clearing, my husband spontaneously started throwing out old magazines of his. Apparently, it's contagious. What's so funny is, he doesn't believe in feng shui!
Your book is so important. You are giving people like me the inspiration to take back our lives. Keep it up. ~ J.W.S., USA