4 Easy Steps To De-clutter and Get Healthy

“Out with the old…in with the new.” I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase lot lately.
Now, I’m not much of a resolution or list maker, but each year, I set intentions for my business and relationships.  And like many people, I also think about my health goals.
Did you know that clutter and your health are directly connected?
Just like giving your home a good cleaning, you need to do the same for your body.  If you’re exhausted, hungry, stressed and over-worked, you won’t be able to focus on making money and serving others.
If you’re surrounded by piles of papers, clothes, or junk, you will feel like junk.

Clearing clutter creates space and new possibilities.

Clearing clutter gives you the ability to see what’s serving you in your life and what’s not. As you get clarity on what’s working in your life, this insight makes it easy to make empowering decisions. You become choosy about how you spend your time and who you spend it with.
With less stuff around, you’ll have more time and the clarity to do the things that you want to do.
My home office is a perfect example. I actually thrive with a bit of mess because I like to file things and check tasks off my list.  As I put article clippings, cookbooks, and sticky notes of ideas in their proper place, I feel a satisfaction of getting order in my life. (Now, I just need to get my magazine addiction under control… but that’s a topic for another clutter story).
When I organize and clean up, I feel better. I’m clear, focused, and light and ready to take on the world.

Here are 4 steps to de-clutter for your health:


1. Sleep

When you’re tired, you tend to crave sugars, caffeine, and processed foods.  It becomes a vicious cycle.  You wake up exhausted, reach for the coffee and muffin, and then continue your day unfocused and unclear. Even before you attempt to de-clutter, make sure you’re well-rested so you can make good decisions on what to keep or clear out.  Strive for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and your body will thank you.

2. Eat every 3 hours

Keep your metabolism boosted and your mind sharp by eating on a regular basis. I know I have a bad habit of pounding away on the laptop for hours without taking a break.  Try snacks like apple slices with nut butter, veggies with hummus, raw nuts and dried fruit. By keeping your body fueled during the day, you’ll be able to focus and have energy for work tasks and family obligations.

3. Connect

As an entrepreneur it can get pretty lonely and isolated, especially if you’re behind the computer screen a lot.  Reach out with a phone call, email, visit, or even an old-fashioned letter to someone who lights up your soul, makes you laugh, and supports you wholeheartedly. Even a short text can put a smile on your face and help you feel connected to the world and to people who love you.  Feeling connected boosts energy and gives you a healthy heart.

4. Take action; get rid of something or put something away

You’re tackling your business and family life, and those piles of clothes on the bedroom floor can send you into a panic. Just put away a few pairs of socks, and you will feel your energy lift. I promise.
A while back, my closet was such a mess – shoes and purses, open suitcases, and clothes I never wore scattered everywhere.
Energetically, every time I went to get something to wear, I said “Damn, I gotta clean up. What a mess.” Inside, it felt like chaos.
The clutter was affecting my life, so I decided to clean my closet once and for all. And that one act got my momentum going and boosted my well-being.

Clearing clutter can heal and transform your life from the inside out. Really.

If you’re ready for a breakthrough in your health, I highly recommend you set aside some time to clear up one section of your home whether it may be your office, bedroom or kitchen. Once you’ve cleared away clutter, you’ll feel happier, lighter and freer. You’ll create space, literally and metaphorically, for possibility and “new” to come into your life and business.

How do you clean up and declutter your life? Let us know in the comments.



Lisa Consiglio Ryan

Lisa Consiglio Ryan is the founder of Whole Health Designs, juicy clean living advocate and mama of two. She loves her Bikram yoga practice, running, and is a mission to spread the word, "Food is love." She provides detox programs and private coaching for women who desire to embrace clean living.

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  1. Jen

    I am going to vastly scale down everything in my bedroom and attempt to turn my closet into an office. I have so many clothes and books that I never use.
    I am sure they could be loved if they found the right home. I know my bedroom is causing me stress. Time to focus!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      I hear you! The bedroom is supposed to be a sanctuary…I actually purged a lot of old clothes and donated them. Feels so good! Good luck!

  2. Kathy A.

    I’ve been thinking about this post all week, and I’m glad it has helped me begin to declutter my diet again. I’ve gone gluten-free and dairy-free several times in the past, and since starting again, I’m already beginning to feel more clear-headed and less achy. I know next week will be even better. It’s funny how a decluttered diet can give me that same serene feeling as walking into a clean house (which is FAR too rare with my two daughters being so talented at the art of mess making).

    Besides my diet, I think my next household decluttering project needs to focus on the bathroom cabinets. There are a couple where I instinctively hold out my hands when opening them to catch any long-abandoned lipstick, lotion samples and other things that no longer should be occupying space or attention. Thanks for that extra spark of inspiration!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Hi Kathy, such good stuff here! I used to collect every beauty product under the sun in college; now I’m very careful about the ingredients so it’s helped me cut down on that bathroom clutter a bit. AND I really dig how you made that body/mind connection…I really think if our bodies are clear and focused, our environment will be too. Let’s hope with our kids! Good luck!

  3. Juliette Volk

    This article speaks to me right now. I find the clutter in my home distracts me from my true life goals, and sets a negative tone. Essentially everything in my life needs an overhaul, but I absolutely need to start getting more sleep consistently, as well as setting up organization systems in my home so that everyone pitches in!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Juliette, I’m so glad you liked the post. AND starting with the sleep is huge. I found that if I went to bed even just 15 minutes earlier, I felt like a new woman. Good luck!

  4. Debbie Dillon

    Great article and great reminders! I can’t stand clutter and gain great satisfaction when I stop procrastinating about a task and just get in and do it!
    Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Thank you, Debbie! I tend to put things off too, but it just feels too good to let the clutter go for so long. Good luck!

  5. M Patton

    The pantry and kitchen cabinets is where I’m starting my declutter and get healthy project. I figure it’s two-fold. I’ll throw out the things that are unhealthy and make room for things I use to make cooking more of a pleasure. So not only will things be neater but I’ll be inspired to eat healthier. Inspiring article, it helped boost me through that sense of being overwhelmed.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      A good ole pantry makeover can really get things working for your health as well as your mind. I just did a huge purge of holiday processed stuff. Love your idea!Good luck!

  6. Suzanne Dant

    With a new year always comes the commercials to organize and lose weight. They are non-stop whether on TV or in pop-up ads on the computer. I always have high hopes in January to get organized and shed some pounds but by February I feel defeated. Your post puts things into persepctive. A little at a time! One small thing each day. And you are right…..I does make all the difference when you accomplish that one small task. I am looking forward to a more organized and healthier year and I know I can accomplish that by taking it one pound and one clutter at a time. 🙂

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Suzanne, we do get bombarded with all the weight loss and gym ads in January but then by now, we have either gotten into a routine or still want to get things going. A lot of times we take on too much at once, hence why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work all the time. I so agree with you! Good luck on winning Winter Renewal!

  7. Trudy Miller

    I love your ideas and want to get started. I believe I will start with my closet! Send your husband over to make me some of those shoe racks!

    Trudy aka Momma Goddess

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Hi MamaGoddess/Trudy! I know, like, right? Kevin did an amazing job with those. Good luck on winning the detox!

  8. Tisha

    Very timely post for me. I am working to de-clutter my work space and get my scraps under control. There may be a small fabric hoarding issue going on, but most sewists will tell you that.

    Last week I decided to really work on it and start sorting and cutting. What was a whole shoe organizer is now down three buckets. It’s a work in progress but off to a great start.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Tisha, good for you! I have a few friends that can totally relate to the scrap hoarding. Good luck on winning Winter Renewal!

  9. Raquel

    I plan to clean my bedroom closet. We are moving into a new house in May and I plan to donate a lot of my clothes and shoes. It always feels so good to declutter a closet, especially when I can bless someone else with things I no longer need.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Simply beautiful, Raquel. Giving to others is so wonderful and it also helps you out with the clutter. Win win! Good luck and also have an easy move in May!

  10. Christine Douglas

    I’m tackling my home office also. I plan to empty it, scrape the popcorn off the ceiling and paint the walls a fresh new color. I’ve been putting off the ceiling for years but it’s time. I also want to get a new more open set up for desk and computer. I know once I get this office done the creative juices will come pouring out of me.

    Cheers to an amazing 2013 for us all!

    My fingers and toes are crossed I win the detox!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Christine, the popcorn is so bothersome to me too. I think just doing one little thing to get your office going will do wonders. I wish you tons of luck in winning Winter Renewal!

  11. Shannon Gales

    Thanks for the post! It’s the motivation I need to act on what I had been feeling! My studio is fairly under control, but my bedroom – which should be my sanctuary, is a mess. So, this is my starting place! And detoxing had also been in my plan for the month!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      You are so welcome, Shannon! The bedroom is something I keep super clean and tidy…I feel that it messes with my sleep if it is too cluttered. I also have nothing under my bed; I think I read that in a Feng Shui book awhile back. Good luck!

  12. SallyN

    To gain more focus I am working on getting more sleep.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Sally, just beautiful…sleep is the answer to a lot of health issues and especially focus. Good luck!

  13. Melissa

    So maybe this is why I am such a neat freak? Because it’s better for my health to be clutter-free?! I HATE clutter. It completely stresses me out. I literally cannot sit down and relax until things are cleaned up…

    Something I’m doing lately is not a de-clutter of anything physical, but I am de-cluttering my schedule. I used to let myself do whatever in the morning, but now I have a dedicated routine that I’m trying to follow so I can have a healthy, normal schedule. Following this schedule does wonders for my stress!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      I think you are on to something! AND having a schedule is huge. I know for me if I don’t at least have a list of things to do for my biz, I’m floundering about and before I know it, it’s time to get the kids off the bus. Good luck on winning Winter Renewal!

  14. valerie

    This article has inspired me to clean up my office and also add some sparkly lights ;), plants or shelving. Also, I need to clean the closet and re purge some things. My husband and I both work multiple jobs that allow us a lot of flexibility in scheduling and some working from home, but that also means that often our house is in chaos with laundry, papers, bills etc. piling up throughout the week. It’s a constant struggle for me to find the balance between keeping things neat and clear in order to not feel overwhelmed by the clutter and chaos and and having the time to get everything done (work deadlines, cleaning, dinner, etc.). Sometimes I tell myself I/we just have to live with the clutter and be OK with it when we are super busy, but I think there is a happy medium b/c the less cluttered, the better I feel and more efficiently I work. I would love to win the detox so I can cleanse my body while cleansing my environment…it’s all connected! 🙂

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Valerie, loved getting your message…and the lights were left over from the holidays and I decided to keep the sparkle all year long. Makes me happy! I feel more focused with less clutter so I can totally see where you are coming from. Taking things step by step and even incorporating good healthy habits will help. Good luck!

  15. Joanne Stewart

    Great tips! I have already put decluttering at the top of my priority list for February. I have turned one area of my study into a playroom for my 3 yr old to use while I work. Now, I just have to get the file cabinets and desk in order. 🙂

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Thanks, Joanne! AND what a great idea; the playroom. Even though my kids are now in school, they like to come up to the loft and do their homework while I get some work done. Good idea! Hmmmm, you got me thinking. Good luck on winning the Winter Renewal!

  16. Tracy Stone

    I really need to clean up my office. Most of the rest of the house looks good, but the office os the last stop for things leaving (donations and such), so it gets pretty messy.

  17. Helen

    I’m planning on doing a major purge when we move into our new house.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Helen, that sounds like the perfect time to get rid of things that don’t serve you and your family. When do you move? Thinking of you!

  18. Melissa S.

    This has inspired me to finally take all the items I haven’t worn/used in a year and host a huge garage sale next weekend. Why not declutter and earn some money (money that will be earmarked for registration fees for the next 5 10k races this Spring) at the same time.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Melissa S.! What a fantastic idea! AND for the 10k’s too (which by the way are my favorite races to participate in; a good distance)! All good for the health; inside and out. Good luck!

  19. Linda Scoggins

    I am going to start to detox my life by getting rid of clutter and I will start by cleaning off my desk then I am going to put another shelf in my closet and put dividers on the existing shelf so I don’t just pile everything on there with no organization.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Starting with your desk is perfect, Linda! I can’t wait to see what the shelf with dividers does for you. Good luck!

  20. Sarah Barrett

    Your post couldn’t have come at a better time!! I have papers EVERYWHERE and I need help getting my body in shape too!! Any kind of kickstart would be awesome to win!! Thanks so much for your post! It’s helped me get started…one piece of paper at a time!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Hi Sarah! We can do this…one paper at a time! It was so amazing to see how once I picked up a piece of clothing, I got in a rhythm and it trickled to feeling energy and better about myself. Good luck on winning Winter Renewal!

  21. Katie B

    Thanks for these simple and empowering de-cluttering tips. I did some de-cluttering and deeper cleaning over the weekend, and still feel an increase in energy from it! I also feel good when I no longer need something, and can find someone to pass along an item to – and they’re thrilled to receive it. 🙂

    One simple but important thing I’m planning to do this year is organize my new business files and paperwork into one place. It’s become exhausting trying to find the things when I need them because everything is scattered. This will also give me more energy to continue working on and growing my business!

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Katie, I really love your plan for this year; simple but so important! Will you get a file folder or filing cabinet of some sort? This is exciting! (yeah, I’m a little nuts over office supplies!). Good luck on winning Winter Renewal. 🙂

  22. leslie Josel

    I loved this post. As a certified professional organizer, we deal with clutter every day. Not only does it directly effect your physical AND emotional health, but clutter costs! which directly effects your financial health. thanks for this wonderful post.

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Thanks so much, Leslie! AND you are so right on when you said the financial health is also connected to clutter. I’m sure you deal with so many different levels in the clutter control!

  23. catherine norton

    i really would love to win your detox program
    i want to start on a raw living whole food lifestyle to help reverse my diabetes to be free of all my medication and to heal my pancreas liver thyroid and heart

    • Lisa Consiglio Ryan

      Hi Catherine,
      You have amazing health goals, and the raw, clean whole foods can help with your health concerns. Good luck!

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