Day 29: Kitchen Table
Updated: Apr 23
30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge!
Clearing the kitchen table is a big deal for health! If you can't comfortably sit at your table to eat, where are you eating instead?
Do you get a zap of stress every time you look at your dining room table? What do you think this does to you on a cellular level when you get that zap stress zap over and over?
If your kitchen table is a certified Scary Zone, you're not alone! It's often an easy place to catch all those "I'll just put this here for now" things, but then when we want to sit and eat a meal...
I encourage you to take time to make your dining table a place that gives you zaps of joy and supports your health goals. Here's how I do it:
Set up containers nearby:
maybe donation box/bag
Take Elsewhere container (for things you're keeping but don't belong on the table)
turn off distractions
make a decision to not stop until you're finished OR set a timer
don't leave the area until you're done or the timer goes off
make a decision about every single thing on your table
toss, recycle or donate unwanted items
put items to go elsewhere into Take Elsewhere box (don't leave the table!)
look for categories - can you can make a landing spot (a temporary home) for the categories nearby so they stop landing on the table?
I use the 2 minute rule: if it's a task that'll take less than 2 minutes, I do it now if at all possible.
Here's a time lapse video of me doing this with my Mum - she had a lot of papers so I had a pencil, eraser and blank manila folders handy. It's long - you can just see how we stay in one place and make distinct piles...you can do this with any category :)
Notice I didn't let her get up...she keeps asking me to help her, so the torture can't be TOO bad, right?! I always take her to dinner afterwards...
I'd love to see before and after photos of your dining room table and to hear how it went for you! And remember that I'm here to answer questions - just send a reply to this message.
PS: If you want help clearing and organizing your kitchen...
Life Begins in the Kitchen: organizing your kitchen to support health and life goals is available now as a stand alone course or as part of the TidyWild Membership...
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