Dr. Oz: Clutter Causes Bad Health
Dr. Oz talked on his show today about how clutter in the home can cause stress. This stress can build up and cause weight gain, anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, and other issues.
Dr. Oz showed a picture of a messy closet from a woman in the audience named Carol. Dr. Oz said that clutter can really affect the mindset. Carol said it definitely stresses her out.
Dr. Oz: Does Clutter Affect Our Well Being?
So Dr. Oz introduced Carol to professional organizer Peter Walsh, who had a plan to de-clutter your house and de-stress your life. He said that when we talk about clutter in our homes, we use language like “I felt suffocated.This shows us that physical clutter does have an effect on our emotional and physical well-being.
70 percent of people who deal with a lot of clutter in their homes are also struggling with being obese or overweight.
Dr. Oz: How to De-Clutter Your Closet
Peter Walsh said that one of the best places to start de-cluttering is the closet. If you start your day with clothes on the floor, feeling overwhelmed and trying to decide what you can wear, you’ll start you day already stressed out. The first tip is to get rid of anything you no longer love, wear, or use. Also, arrange things in categories, by color or season.
Carol said that she has so many clothes, she not only has a full closet herself, but she’s spread into her husband and son’s closets. Dr. Oz called her closet usage a “cancer” that “metastasizes.”
Dr. Oz: Turn the Hangers the Wrong Way
Another key tip was to turn all of the hangers the wrong way. Then, as you use the item, turn the hanger the right way. After six months, whatever is still facing the wrong way is clearly something you don’t use. Donate it or get rid of it another way, because you don’t need it.
Peter Walsh said that we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. He guarantees that you’ll have at least 80 percent of your clothes to give away at the end of six months.
Dr. Oz: Clean Out Your Junk Drawers
Dr. Oz also showed a picture of a junk drawer from Nancy in the audience. Nancy said that she has a junk drawer in every room of her house and three in the kitchen.
Peter said that everyone has to go through their junk drawer and get rid of it. You have to change your mindset from having a “junk drawer” to having a “utility drawer”. Changing your language helps you realize you don’t have to have a junk drawer.
Take everything out of your junk drawer and lay them in three piles: trash, stuff that belongs elsewhere, or stuff that we do need in the utility drawer.
Dr. Oz: Free Money Drawer
Peter Walsh also suggests we create a “free money” drawer full of coupons and gift cards. A lot of junk drawers have these sorts of things in them. If you keep them all in the same place, it’s much easier to identify the deals.
Dr. Oz: Cleaning Out Your Medicine Closet
Dr. Oz also talked to Robin from the audience, who had a very messy medicine cabinet. She said she has a lot of difficulty trying to find things in it. When she opens up the medicine cabinet, things fall out.
Peter Walsh advises putting a magnetic strip in your medicine cabinet, so that you can put all your little metal things in there. They’ll stick there instead of hiding behind bottles.
Dr. Oz: Utensil Drawer
Then there’s the utensil junk drawer, where you keep all your weird utensils. Peter Walsh advises putting everything in this drawer in a cardboard box. For the next month, everything you use can go back into the drawer. After one month, you’ll have plenty of stuff in the box. All of this stuff can be donated as well.
Peter Walsh’s new book Lose the Clutter Lose the Weight is about how to de-clutter and de-stress your life. Everyone in Dr. Oz’s audience went home with the book.