Is this not one of the best book titles you’ve ever seen? I can’t remember how I first heard of Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More but I definitely picked it up because the title made me laugh.
If you’ve read a lot of fitness and organizing books, there won’t be a lot of groundbreaking information in this volume, but the author’s spin on getting rid of clutter and weight is interesting. He draws the connection between the way you feel when you live in a cluttered environment (constant low grade stress, needing to escape, feeling overwhelmed) with how you feel when you’re carrying excess weight, and advises that the same sorts of principles can be used to get out from under both problems.
One thing that struck me about that connection was the clutter of my closet. The author challenges readers to really consider the clothes you store: do the clothes in your closet fit and look great now, or are you living in the past or the future with those clothes? A friend of mine is getting married next weekend and as I surveyed my closet I realized how many things I am hanging on to for just those reasons. The dress I wore to Lawn Parties in 1999, the dress I wore to Senior Brunch in 2001, the dress I bought at a boutique on ridiculous sale and saved just in case it ever fit (and when it did this spring I realized that the colors are all wrong for me – I’ve been hanging on to this thing for ten years and it was NEVER going to look good on me!). While a lot of my clothes represent happy memories or good aspirations, they aren’t ever what I choose to wear. Why am I hanging on to clothes that are out of style or unbecoming? I was really challenged to think through the roots of those habits and this weekend while I was switching out the summer and winter clothes, I sorted out a lot of things for Goodwill. It felt good to rid myself of that clutter, much the same way that it feels good to lose a lingering five pounds.
Another good section covers kitchen clutter, to which I am also susceptible. I haven’t gotten the chance to weed out my cabinets yet but I can see how the advice in the book would be helpful for clutter as well as for weight loss.
If you’re a fan of fitness and/or organizing books, you might find the perspective in Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? useful and interesting.
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