Removing the Chaos

Anyone who really knows me knows that I am somewhat of a pack rat. And since I've spent the last four years working outside of the home, the clutter around my house has really gotten out of control. Adding to that, we have 5 people living in a 2,000 square foot home and three of those 5 people are kids who are also pack rats, and they don't pick up after themselves without a lot of nagging encouragement from me. And my husband isn't much better. It seems as though we all have stuff that we like to collect. 

When I began my weight loss journey in 2008, I had to do some decluttering. Not of "stuff" but of people. These weren't bad people, they were just people that had their own issues and I needed the time to focus on ME as I tried to navigate through the peeks and valleys of a drastic lifestyle change. It was hard. I went from having a lot of friends, to virtually having none. Now as time has gone by, I have made new friends, but I am longing for that "best friend." I haven't had one in over 4 years. My mom, my sister and my husband are my sounding boards, and as awesome as they are, I still miss having that one great girl friend that I can sit around and chat with. 

Did I remove too much chaos? Maybe. But if I hadn't would I have been as successful in my transformation? Who knows. Do I regret it? Not one bit. I had to do what was best for me at that time. 

And today I started to remove the chaos in the areas around me. I'll take it in baby steps, just like I did with my weight loss. One drawer, one closet, one room at a time. Today I did my car and one of my closets. It's a start. I didn't lose 212 pounds in one day, and I won't remove all the chaos in one day either.

 All my "hair pretties' for the gym are now in one place around my shifter.

My cycle shoes and HRM are nice and neat in my center console. 

 

 The dreaded closet!! Here it is before:

 

After!!

 

 Then I helped to declutter my fridge by eating the rest of last night's dinner for lunch. It was good! Tongue Out

Speaking of decluttering, my current gym LA Fitness has decided to declutter the Spinning room by removing 17 bikes. Leaving only 12 behind! I hope my favorite bike survived! I can't wait until Strive Athletic Club in Wesley Chapel reopens with a larger group fitness room and will be adding LES MILLS™ RPM™ to their group fitness schedule!

 And yes, this is me this morning!

Then I decluttered some extra calories from my body Wink

Today was a good day, though I wasn't able to find that perfect coffee cup. The quest for that will continue tomorrow.