Are you super organised with your files and papers in order? If so, I hate you. Unfortunately for me, it is simply not in my DNA. Where do these papers come from? How have I collected so much? If you’re anything like me, filing is not a favourite pursuit but it’s got to be done, whether you shred it, burn it or just dump it. It’s got to go somewhere!
Every week/month/year I systematically go through the never ending pile and eventually get organised. Then after a few weeks, the whole process begins again. I wish the papers would magically disappear or just organise themselves or even better I would acquire a personal assistant. The time taken, however, to explain where things go could probably be better spent by doing the work myself.
The process of decluttering is followed by a conversation with myself about how I need to break this cycle. Next time I will put everything in order immediately as and when I receive it, dealing with it promptly. Despite feeling lighter and more positive afterwards at 54 years young, nothing has changed for me. I am coming to terms with my ‘condition’ accepting that I am far better at other things.
The solution? I need to digitise my life so I can live a less cluttered life. Then everything just gets transferred to cyberspace clutter. Having said this, there is nothing like touching paper, opening a real book or handling a document.
So here’s my method of decluttering: Create three piles, the first one I file immediately, second for dumping and the third for reading later. It’s in this third pile that you might just stumble across something useful. During my last clear out I found a list of 30 Organic Healthy Living Tips I previously compiled. Feel free to print out and share.
- “Organically made” is not the same as “organic.” “Freely Traded” is not the same as “Free Trade.” Those former foods aren’t certified.
- If there are five numbers in the PLU (Product Look Up numbers) code on your fruit or veg, and the number starts with “8”, this tells you that the item is genetically modified.
- PLU codes starting with 3 or 4, like many grapefruits and oranges have been saturated with chemicals, so avoid using the peel in any recipe.
- Have a favourite seasonal food? Buy it when it’s in season, then freeze it.
- Avoid large fish like tuna, they have higher concentrated levels of mercury.
- Organic beans are a great source of protein. Make sure you cook them thoroughly, as semi-cooked beans are toxic.
- Quinoa is a complete protein with the 9 amino acids your body needs.
- Chlorine in water will evaporate after a few hours. Just leave it in a filter or jug in your fridge overnight.
- Avoid anti-bacterial soap as the residue on dishes and hands gets in the stomach and kills your “good bacteria.”
- Set up a vertical vegetable garden to increase your crop yield.
- Avoiding dairy? Coconut or almond based ice cream is a fantastic way to indulge.
- Most organic eggs come from cooped up chickens fed organic produce. For true free range and organic eggs, source carefully, and buy eggs from a local farm or farmers market.
- When buying water; avoid plastic as they’ve been found to leach chemicals. Use glass bottles or stainless steel to be 100% safe.
- Buy foods that are in season as they are less expensive and very healthy.
- Never eat the skin of non-organic papayas or mangos. Some are dipped in toxic pesticides when they cross the border.
- When buying seeds, make sure you’re buying non-GMO. If it doesn’t say it’s non-GMO, don’t assume that it is.
- Add a few Brazil nuts to your diet. It’s one of the few foods high in selenium, which is good for your hormones and your thyroid.
- Buy good salt. Good salt can add dozens of minerals to your diet. Himalayan sea salt is a good choice.
- Put paper towels on the edges of your fridge’s veggie drawer. This will draw in the moisture and preserve your greens.
- Spinach wilted? As long as it doesn’t don’t smell, you can still cook it and it will be just as good.
- Agave nectar isn’t much healthier than traditional sugar, organic honey is better, as is organic coconut sugar, which is actually high in calcium.
- Store olive oil in a dry place, away from sunlight. Oxidised olive oil is very dangerous.
- Nut milks in supermarkets contain a lot of additives. For best results, make your own. It only takes 10 mins. Quick recipe: Get soaked almonds, drain then blend with filtered water, a few dates and a dash of vanilla. Then drain through a nut milk bag into a jar.
- Stay to the end of Farmer’s Markets and make the most of last minute deals.
- Local farmer’s markets are often cheaper, and a good way of finding out how the food you’re buying was grown.
- Buy green cleaning products to avoid chemicals like ammonia or chlorine in your house.
- Carrots, beets and radishes are very easy to grow. If you want to give growing a shot, they’re a good place to start.
- Soak fruit and veg produce in one third vinegar and two thirds water to kill bacteria.
- The same vinegar solution can be used to clean the house. Put in a spray bottle and add some tea tree, lemon or lavender oil if you want.
- Use bicarbonate soda for an underarm deodorant to effectively absorb odour. Just pat the dry powder substance on your skin and your good to go!
I hoped you find this useful. Let me know your favourite.
Have a great day,
Love Cherron xxx