Friday, March 15, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 26 • Food

Welcome to Day 26 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 4 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 26, we'll be heading into the kitchen! We'll be tidying kitchen komono, eating implements, cups & mugs, cooking tools, storage containers, and table decor.



Some thoughts on Day 26:

1) Keep your overall vision in mind. As you're tidying, think about that vision you created for yourself on Day 0. What type of life do you want to lead going forward? Do the things in your home support that lifestyle? How can the items in your home support you living your best life? These are questions I try to ask myself each day as I go through my many possessions. Sometimes, I get distracted and I lose sight of the overall vision, but similar to meditation, when I realize I've wandered off, I try to come back. I struggled today, especially with junk food. I know I should just discard all the junk, yet I hold onto it.

2) Let go of expired items and food you don't plan to consume (or want to consume) going forward. I really should take my own advice here, but for some reason, I can't let go of our processed snacks. We have a ton of Lindt chocolate and other goodies we purchased over the holidays. We've finished the majority of it though so the end is near, and we don't plan to purchase any more once we're done. After 26 days of tidying, I'm already starting to feel like a different person, and I'm super motivated to change my life going forward. I'd like to continue to shift my diet as well to include more whole foods, fruit and vegetables, and generally good-for-me ingredients. I'm going to try to limit my consumption of processed snacks.

Thank you for tuning into Day 26! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 27.

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4 comments:

  1. There's a lot of science that argues that any restriction (particularly dietary) only makes you more likely to rebel against that restriction and eventually break the "rule." I'm not super versed it it, but I get the central thesis! I'm curious if you've done any reading on that area, after hearing your feelings about having foods that get talked about as "naughty" in your home.

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    1. I don't personally have restricted foods or anything that is off-limits. However, I am going to stop the flow of junk food into the home--especially in the quantities I used to buy. I used to have a huge addiction to chips in particular, and I couldn't stop eating them even when my throat would be raw the next day. Then I noticed that if I don't have easy access to them, I don't tend to eat them. I'll still buy them on occasion (like for the Super Bowl), or I'll have a few when I'm at a friend's place, but I don't want them to be a staple in our home. Unfortunately, I stocked up on too much chocolate, but we're on the tail end now, and I won't be buying it to the same extent that I did over the holidays. :)

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  2. Whitney's premise is valid. If we restrict something, it can become a compulsion. My father lived independently until he was 102 and he never liked it when people would label any particular food as 'bad'. He said it is all good... in moderation. I think his opinion stemmed from growing up (as most of the world) without the abundance that many of us experience.

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    1. I totally agree with this--moderation is key!! Unfortunately, I stocked up way too much on junk food, which made it difficult to practice moderation. I don't plan to buy as much (or as often) going forward.

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