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Three Ways To Stop Procrastinating

Categories: Declutter, Nutrition

Get Your Life Organized and Your Body Healthy NOW!

If you’re like a lot of people, you started 2017 by making some New Year’s Resolutions, such as “Clean up my house” or “Eat a more nutritious diet.”

But now that we’re almost three weeks into the new year, how many of those resolutions have you kept and how many have you broken? Did you even bother to make any resolutions at all?

It’s not uncommon for people to break their New Year’s resolutions, even as early as January. You know you want to change your life. You know you want to declutter your home or eat better and lose those unwanted pounds. And yet you continue to put everything off.

Procrastination is one of the biggest obstacles to becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. But it’s not an unsolvable problem. There are actually three things you can do to get yourself moving on the right track.

Start Small

One of the main reasons we procrastinate is that we think about what we need to do as one giant task: “Clean up my house” or “get into shape.” And when we think of it that way, it can seem overwhelming, like climbing a mountain. But any big goal is made up of a bunch of smaller goals. And some of those goals can be broken down into even smaller goals.

You don’t have to climb the whole mountain at once. All you have to do is do is take a step. Move one thing in your living room. And then move another thing. Every time you do that, you’re taking a step forward, and every step you take—no matter how small—gets you closer to your goal.

Do Something, Anything

A lot of times in life, we put things off because we’re just not sure where to begin. We can easily get so bogged down in trying to figure out where to start that we simply end up not doing anything.

The answer to “Where should I start?” is “Anywhere.” Start with the easiest thing, the thing that’s closest to you right now. Pick it up and move it somewhere. Then pick something else up and move it somewhere else. Instead of pondering what would be the best place to start, let your eyes, hands and feet do the thinking.

What you’ll find is that by doing one thing, you can actually move closer to another goal at the same time. This is especially true of home organization and healthier eating habits. An organized home is directly connected to better nutrition. So by taking those first steps toward decluttering your home, you’re also starting on the path toward nutritional wellness. You’re actually killing two birds with one stone!

Reach Out for Help

Even if taking a few small first steps sounds achievable, we sometimes need help taking those steps—and the ones that come after. That’s where I can help.

As a certified professional residential organizer, I can take those first few steps with you toward a clutter-free life. Like a physical trainer who helps improve people’s physical fitness, I can be the hand that pulls you up, sets you on the right path and takes the journey by your side. And as a holistic nutrition consultant, I can help you take advantage of the amazing connections between an organized home and a more nutritious lifestyle.

It’s often been said that the first step is the hardest. But the first step is actually the easiest. It’s right there in front of you. All you have to do is start with something small, do anything that takes you closer to your goal, and reach out for help from a certified professional. By doing these three things, you can start to turn this year’s procrastination problem into last year’s memory.

Clearing the Way to Wellness

Categories: Declutter, Nutrition, Organizing, Wellness

CLEARING THE WAY TO WELLNESS

Hello again!

I tend to think of what I offer as a profession like this:  I am the only professional organizer in Los Angeles who wants to organize your home AND your stomach!

Iffff you’re even thinking about calling or hiring a professional organizer, or you say to yourself, “I need help organizing my home,” you’re probably already sooo overwhelmed and very tired of your current living space.   Any organizer, including me, can get your home or office beautifully organized, and you’ll love the results.  But…it’s highly unlikely you will stay organized.

Here’s why!

If your refrigerator, freezer or pantry AND your stomach look like the countertops and cluttered masses around your house, the energy you need to stay focused and organized simply doesn’t exist, and it will SUCK your energy dry without long-term results.  Yes, what’s in your refrigerator and your stomach is directly connected to your ability to stay focused and organized!

Think of it like this…your home can be a representation of the inside of you as well.  It needs attention and intention on a daily basis.

There is a huge tie-in, and an ah-ha moment waiting to happen, when people learn that the state of one’s home is the state of one’s mind (and gut!).  Oh, man!  Really????

One client, a real estate agent, started to cry and say to me, “No wonder there isn’t that special someone in my life.  There’s no room for a man in my life!”

Ladies and Gents, it’s impossible to get organized in your health if you are surrounded by clutter in your home.  The decluttering has to come first before dealing with “unhealth,” unless, of course, we are talking serious illness.

There is usually something behind the major clutter…maybe instead of “drinking about it,” you think retail therapy is healthier?   Well, it is for your body but not for your pocketbook (!) AND it leads to unbelievable, sometimes insurmountable, amounts of clothing, clothing that has to be dealt with.  Or maybe it’s art on the walls? Regardless, wouldn’t you say less is more?  Ohhh, I would say much much more!

Have you lost your job or had an emotional breakup?  Maybe you’re a product of the Great Depression and feel a sense of abundance when surrounded by “stuff”?  Well, whatever the “reason,” it is still clutter and it is still ruling you, and there is a big impact on your life, I am sure.

Are you starting to get this connection?  Messy home, messy health???

How many times do you just reach for whatever there is to eat because it’s the closest food item within reach?  Or maybe it’s fast food for din-din tonight because you know it’s going to be rather difficult to even attempt to make dinner, let alone one that is healthy?

Whatever is the reason, isn’t it time to get rid of things and make space for the new?  Remember the saying, “Out with the old, in with the new?”  It’s true!  Isn’t it time to feel that cathartic sense of freedom that comes with donating, trashing, filing, recycling, or shredding?

If you are finally ready to get COMPLETELY organized AND find out how nutrition plays a CRITICAL role in your success, then you are my perfect organizing client!!!  The state of one’s home IS the state of one’s mind!

 Whether it’s analyzing your eating habits for energy and vitality OR organizing your space to keep you super efficient, I can organize you on the inside and the out.  Call or text Cheryl now to start living and thriving at 310.995.2228!!

 

 

Messy Home, Messy Health!

Categories: Nutrition, Organizing

Do you ever wonder why you feel so down, depressed, overweight, and unmotivated in your life?

Try this on for size, (if you can fit into it!)…One huuuge culprit I see on a daily basis is people who are disorganized in their homes are usually disorganized in health, fitness, and nutrition as well.  There is a saying in the nutrition world…”It’s not what you’re eating; it’s what’s eating you.”

Really, you say?  Yes, really!  The two go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly.  Naturally, if your kitchen is neat and organized, you’re much more inclined to reach for healthy food items vs. the quick-fix, canned, processed and refined foods.

This concept is not a well-known one, but it’s so widespread, sadly, and is an extremely important component to healthy living, on the inside and the out.  Without it, we simply go through the motions of daily living without any joy, freedom, and ease.

My background as a professional residential organizer since 2002 and a holistic nutrition consultant since 2010 has brought me confirmation and also firmly to the realization that this sly little triangle does so much damage to the soul, wreaking havoc on all important areas.  It doesn’t matter whether I show up to someone’s home as an organizer or a nutrition consultant…one almost always overlaps the other.  I know the minute I go into one’s home what their schtick is..  Disorganized home, disorganized gut, disorganized mind.

The impact of these three areas of life being out of sync creates huge heartache for my clients.  There are three areas that I see that are most affected, and in a particular order, I feel, they are health, entertainment, and relationship.

Ask yourself:  Why are you putting up with this?  To quote Groucho Marx, “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.”

These are major areas of our lives, wouldn’t you say?  Without these, we are living subpar; we are surviving, not thriving. We are just downright unhappy!

Is your home your sanctuary, a place you enjoy coming home to?  If not, why not?  What are you not dealing with that needs addressing?

How many more mornings can you wake up wishing you didn’t, and how many more days can you tolerate that your clutter is ruling you vs. you ruling your clutter?

An even bigger question is…what is the impact of this triangle?

Perhaps you would like to fit into those skinny jeans, or you’d like to share life with someone special, or you would like to invite someone over for dinner, one cooked with healthy ingredients, one in which you intentionally created with love?

Perhaps you would like to enjoy having friends over and sit around talking, laughing, and reminiscing?

When someone calls you up and says, “Hey, I’m in the area and want to drop by,” do you freak out?  Or do you have to move things around and hide things for a week to have a social gathering?

These are all very important questions that should say to you, “What the heck am I doing?”

Now that you know there is a connection between your home and your health, take a look to see what is feeding your messy closet, what is stopping you from decluttering your home or decluttering your life, for that matter.

Has something traumatic happened?  Has there been a loss in your life?  Did you go through a nasty breakup?  Any financial issues?

If any of this sounds familiar, cluttering your home, life, mind, and gut may be YOUR vice vs. dipping too frequently into the bottle, taking drugs to self-medicate, throwing up, cutting yourself, and on and on.

Isn’t it time to starting living, as we only have one shot at it?  Don’t waste it.

Hire me, a professional organizer, to finally experience organized living to help you achieve that freedom and space in all areas!

Whether it’s analyzing your eating habits for energy and vitality OR organizing your space to keep you super efficient, I can organize you on the inside and the out.  Call or text Cheryl now to start living an organized life @ 310.995.2228!!

Gluten Intolerance

Categories: Nutrition

Talk about being given a spoonful of your own medicine…  Practice what you preach, I say!  Where was I to coach myself on this fated day?

First, let me say that one of the first things I do with a client is take them off of good ol’ modern wheat, gluten, and dairy as well (to feel the comparison), the top three allergens out there and the biggest culprits of sooo many of today’s illnesses and conditions.

FYI, I have been pretty much gluten- and wheat-free for 7 years… and very minimal and sometimes completely devoid of dairy as well; my friend has abstained for approximately two years now.  Occasionally I can be tempted to splurge and eat a roll and butter, say, when out to dinner or sample a couple bites of something with gluten, but for the most part, this little pretty LOVES being free of these inflammatories!  The cure:  Those of us in the industry just eat gluten-free foods.

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, and my best friend and I were getting together for a day of play to enjoy some yummy wine and a meal somewhere, while enjoying the sunny So Cal weather too.  A girls’ afternoon out.

After imbibing, we went to a favorite local Italian restaurant, famous for their incredible chopped salads but also loved for their typical Italian dishes and deeeee-lish sourdough bread.  The best!Gluten allergy stomach upset

My friend did a great job of persuading me to go ahead and say, “What the heck” in response to her saying to me, “Along with the chopped salads, do you want to order the glutenous Spaghetti Carbonara dish” (that I haven’t had in probably ten years) and just suffer afterwards?  Ha, ha.

Sure, that sounds great!  Right then is when that inner voice needed to kick in!

Because I – and many others — don’t have celiac disease, (the permanent intolerance to gluten) or what I will call the “extreme manifestation of gluten sensitivity,” we can have a little – key word “little” — bit of gluten here and there, and it doesn’t really bother us.  But I have to admit, I am pretty much a gluten-free girl.

Now, it’s important to know that if one takes gluten, wheat and/or dairy out of their diet, even if just for one month, I have seen dramatic symptoms manifest in my clients when they say, “What the heck” or words or expletives resembling those!  It has the same effect or can have the same effect, so to speak, as a vegetarian saying, “I think I’ll eat a piece of meat.”  The body says, “Whooooooa. Wait a minute.  What are you doin’?”  It’s not pretty.  There is a far more evident reaction the less someone eats these foods with these ingredients.

Healthy-Food-weight-loss-program-Gluten-freeSo…we ate those awesome chopped salads and their bread (with gluten), and a giant dish of pasta (with lots of gluten).  Tasted grrrrreat at the time.

The next morning, I woke up feeling like someone beat me up in my lower back and punched me in the jaw.  I called my friend, and I said, “How are YOU feeling this morning?”  And she said, “Oh, my god, my knees are killlllllling me!”  She also felt the symptoms of a sinus issue.  I then felt very achy, flu-like achiness, that entire week, but I never got the flu.  Now, I know allllll of this as a nutrition consultant, but as you can see, I was being human… and stupid, I might add.  I rarely get sick, but this inflammation lowered my immune, all the while not getting the flu but then ended up with a wonderful cold.

This was probably the dumber of things I’ve done in a long time as it takes about three weeks for gluten to exit the body.  I called a popular lab just to confirm my symptoms with them, and they (the symptoms) were right on par!  I was going to have to wait for a few weeks for these awful side effects to disappear.

For someone who really does eat like a saint and doesn’t deviate too much, this was verrry frustrating for me.

Sooo, you ask what is gluten?

Here’s the scoop:  1 in 3 people are gluten-sensitive.  Modern-day gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye and some oats manufactured by “undedicated oatmeal companies” is a very difficult protein for people to digest.  It is, they say, 400 times the concentration of protein than it was when our moms and grandmas cooked with it, and most of it is genetically modified.

It has many unhealthful qualities, #1 being an inflammatory.  The body has a very difficult time breaking this down, and the body perceives this as a toxin.   If you have aches and pains or joint issues, pay attention as gluten is a HUGE culprit when it comes to aches and pains. If you have any auto-immune illnesses, then it is imperative that you eliminate gluten.

There is a very specific need for taking gluten out of the diet.  The conventional world doesn’t really know or think about this, but we say that no one should be eating gluten.  My clients get great results, and immediately, when taking this out.  Believe me, the results far outweigh your desire to go out on a nice Sunday afternoon and say, “What the heck.”  Was it worth it?  Nope.  It really wasn’t.

I learned a big lesson, and one that I can share with my clients.  We always have to learn the hard way.  Next time, I will listen to my inner voice and just be happy with a wonderful glass of wine and my deeee-lish chopped salad!

Cheers!!!

Holistic Health Matters!

Love, Cheryl