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Declutter to Achieve Your Nutritional Goals – Clear Your Cabinets

So far this month we have cleaned out your refrigerator, pantry, and kitchen drawers. This week, we tackle the kitchen cabinets.

Now in case you have forgotten, we have devoted this month to improving our nutritional habits by decluttering our kitchen. The faster, easier, and more efficient it is to locate healthy food and cooking implements the more likely you are to prepare nutritious meals and snacks.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, clearing the cabinets can be a long and arduous task, so I recommend setting aside 20-30 minutes each day over the next week or 2 to clearing out 1 cabinet per day.

  • Sell or donate any small appliances you no longer use: toaster, coffee maker, ice cream maker, waffle iron, etc.
  • Sort and stack your plates, bowls, cups, and glassware. Give away anything that you have not used in the last year.
  • Get rid of plastic food storage containers that are warped, discolored, or missing a lid (or vice versa).
  • Look through your pots and pans and get rid of any that have a scratched nonstick surface, permanent scorch marks, or broken handles. Stack the pans neatly and organize the lids in an extra baking pan or large plastic storage container.
  • Inventory, sort, and stack serving platters/bowls, mixing bowls, cutting boards, strainers, etc. Throw away anything that is cracked, scratched, bent, or broken. Donate or sell anything you haven’t used in 2 years.
  • If it is broken or otherwise does not work, throw it away!
  • Purchase cabinet organizers for things like cookware lids, baking sheets, paper products, small appliance accessories, etc.

Here is an example of a few of my cabinets:

While it may seem like a boring pointless task, decluttering and organizing your cabinets is a great way to motivate yourself to eat healthier by making it quick and easy to prep and cook healthy meals and snacks. You will be amazed at how much more pleasant it is to use your kitchen when things are tidy and in their place.

We are almost done with our kitchen decluttering project, just a few more things to clean up. Next week we move on to the freezer. Until then, have a happy healthy week!

Decluttering your kitchen is just 1 habit that can help you reach your health and nutrition goals. Eating slowly, drinking plenty of water, adding more fruits and vegetables, and even getting plenty of rest are a few more ways you can achieve your nutrition goals. To find out how to build these and many other lifelong habits that will keep you on track, visit my website: https://procoach.app/wellnessphx


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Clear the Clutter

In elementary school, I had a teacher who loved to proclaim, “A messy desk, is a messy mind.”  At the time, I had no idea what she meant, other than my desk was a mess.

As it turns out, my teacher was right (grrrrr…).  A messy home, car, or desk is often a reflection of what is going on in our mind.  If we have a closet stuffed full of old, worn out clothes we never wear, it is a good bet that we are carrying around some old, worn out beliefs that are blocking our ability to manifest our desires.  After all, how can you expect to get the job of your dreams if your head is cluttered with old thoughts and feelings about how you have failed in the past, you aren’t smart enough, or you that you don’t have enough education.

If our refrigerator is littered with 1/2 filled bottles of ketchup, moldy vegetables, and dried juice puddles, it can give us an indication of what we feel we deserve in our life.  We feel we don’t deserve to have fresh, new things to nourish our life so we hold on to little bits and pieces of garbage and debris just in case we need them.

As long as we are hoarding and hanging on to the old, how can we have room for the new things we desire?

So, over the next 5 days, I encourage you to clear out the old from your life to make way for the new wonderful dreams you are trying to create.

I did this a few weeks ago and I find that my mind is clearer,  I am more grateful for the things I have, and I feel like I have room to move and grow.

Here is the schedule I used:

Day 1 – Clean out your closet – We all have those t-shirts, jeans, and socks we keep around “just in case”.  For Day 1, get rid of 5-10 things from your closet that you have not worn in 6 months.  Throw away the really old, worn items, then sell or donate the rest.

Day 2 – Clear out your bathroom cabinet – Most of us have several bottles of partially full lotion or shampoo, soap chips, and toothpaste tubes with just a tiny bit of paste inside that we keep hanging around under our sinks or in the medicine cabinet.  Stop hoarding personal care items.  Combine bottles of lotion and shampoo, toss the flat toothpaste tube, and blend those soap chips with some water to make a liquid soap.  What you can’t combine throw away (be mindful of disposing of these items safely as some may be toxic).

Day 3 – Clean out your refrigerator – This can be a tedious and disgusting job, but trust me nothing will give you a feeling of accomplishment like a clean fridge.  Just like with your bath combine ketchup bottles and mustard jars when possible, check expiration dates and get rid of anything that is past its prime, wipe the shelves, and toss old, dried up, moldy food.

Day 4 – Declutter your office – Go through your desk drawers and throw away or shred old papers and receipts, and throw away pens/pencils.  Sort and organized office supplies in colorful containers.  Create a filing system that keeps documents and important papers neat and out-of-the-way.

Day 5 – Clear out your car – Collect and throw away any litter or trash, collect the change from under your seats and donate it, and declutter the center console .  Get you car washed and vacuumed or have it detailed inside and out if you have the funds.

As you clear the clutter from your physical life be aware of the thoughts and emotions that come to the surface.  Acknowledge those thoughts/feelings and express gratitude for the positive ones and do your favorite clearing technique to release the negative ones.  You may even want to keep a journal of how things change in your mind and in your life as you go through the process.

If you need help decluttering your mind, I am available to help one-on-one.  Send me a message at achievewellness@ymail.com to schedule your session.

Also, feel free to share with other readers your experience with this decluttering process in the comment section!

Have FUN and Good Luck!!!