Last week, Oprah did a show on the link between clutter and weight gain. Her guest was Peter Walsh, from TLC’s Clean Sweep. He has written a book called “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More”.
On the show, they profiled a real family with both weight and clutter issues. Mr. Walsh spent quite a bit of time with them, helping them clear out their house and teaching them better habits for both weight loss and keeping a clutter free home.
There was no indication on the show that anyone in the family had Attention Deficit Disorder; in fact, the subject was never mentioned. Still, there was a lot that I could relate to, either personally, or because I have worked with people who have the same issues.
Women with Attention Deficit Disorder often have trouble keeping an orderly home and managing family life. Unlike a job, at home there are no schedules or deadlines to keep. There is no one to impose order on the chaos, except the woman herself, and that is often ineffective.
A cluttered house contributes to a cluttered, messy life. It’s hard to remember what you need to do, or get where you need to go on time when the house is a mess. You have trouble finding what you need, and sometimes when you find it, it’s not usable because it’s dirty or wrinkled.
All of this adds stress to your life, and sometimes, when women are stressed, they eat. I know I do.
I think that Peter Walsh and his book are really onto something. I plan on buying his book, and after I read it, I’ll let you know. By the way, if you want to read more about it, here’s the Amazon link.