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Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?

Excuse me? Is this even possible?

I recently read the book, "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" by Peter Walsh. Many of you have probably seen Walsh on the television show Clean Sweep or on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Peter Walsh is my idol! I like to think of him as the "father of organization".

The book, "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" looks at the relationship between the weight in your home and the weight on your hips. When looking at the clutter in our homes, Walsh does not focus on the "stuff" itself, but rather on the life you want to live. Walsh believes this same principle can also be applied to our bodies. It's not about the pounds; it's about focusing on living the life you deserve in the body you want.

Ask yourself this question...Are you living the life you want to live? It's no coincidence that at the same time that our nation is struggling with an "epidemic of obesity" our homes are also weighted down and filled with "stuff." Consumption is king, says Walsh. We spend too much, we buy too much, and we eat too much. Eventually, the stuff in our homes, becomes too much to deal with. Similarly, the weight on our bodies becomes more than we can handle, but we keep indulging. Clutter and fat - one is a reflection of the other. In order to change either one of these or both, you need to start looking at things differently.

You can't lose weight if you home is out of control. Think about it. If your house isn't welcoming, you won't want to spend to spend time in it and you definitely won't enjoy eating your meals there, thus you elect to go out to dinner. You can pretty much bet that what you select for dinner at a restaurant is going to be higher in calorie than what you would have prepared at home.

Throughout this book, there are also exerts from letters Walsh has received from individuals who have struggled with their weight and ironically also clutter in their lives. As these individuals began to uncover clutter, they begin to feel a weight being lifted off their shoulders. Suddenly, these individuals seemed to have a little more bounce in their step, they are happier, they want to cook in their kitchen, they want to go on a walk rather than lay on the couch amongst all the stuff.

If any of you have New Year resolutions focusing around losing weight and/or getting organized, I urge you to read this book! You will be amazed at how much these two items relate!

Walsh, Peter, "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" Free Press, New York, New York, 2008.

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