When it comes to leading a healthier lifestyle, physical space does indeed have a significant impact on your health.
With a little inspo from tidying expert Marie Kondo, we decided to take the first steps in fulfilling our new year’s resolution of eating healthier.
Ultimately, a clean kitchen precedes a clean diet. Anyone can benefit from doing so. Here’s why and how to begin.
1. Your life is yours
Take control of YOUR life. It seems that many things are beyond our control: grades, job promotions, global warming, the conclusion to Grey’s Anatomy…
With all that uncertainty, we’re left floundering about. Regaining control over a part of your life – no matter how minute, can change how you view the world.
Be in charge of your own space. It’s a place you can call your own, something to anchor you down in life.
2. Boosts mood
I don’t know about you, but there’s something immensely satisfying about returning to a clean, well-organised kitchen. Of course, you’ll get the health benefits that comes from eating healthier – but don’t discount the psychological benefits too.
After all, the world outside is chaotic enough, so why return to more chaos? Your home becomes an oasis of calm, giving you that much-needed respite from the outside world.
The stress that stems from clutter will be gone too, leaving you relaxed and happier.
3. You actually find what you need
I can’t count the number of times I get ready all the ingredients for a recipe, only to discover that there’s no more garlic left.
It’s frustrating and needless to say, inefficient as well.
Imagine everything being where they’re supposed to be. Reaching for sugar and getting sugar, reaching for pepper and finding exactly that.
So, throw out all your junk already.
Next question is: how do we go about Marie Kondo-ing?
1. Clear out your pantry
If it’s junk, it’s gotta go. Only foods that make you feel good (or “sparks joy”, according to Marie Kondo herself) should remain. That means throwing out expired foods, junk foods, processed snacks.
If you can’t bear to toss that bag of Reese’s chocolate just yet, shift it to the back of your cupboard. Out of sight, out of mind. That way, you won’t be as tempted to reach for them if they’re not the first thing you see.
Making a list of what you have left will help you stay organised, so that you know what you have on hand at a glance.
Your kitchen will feel so much more spacious after this, I promise.
2. Clean out your cutlery
While you’re at it, why not clean out your cutlery drawer as well?
Remember those fancy plates that you bought for a party but never used after that? Now’s the time to bring it out!
Make full use of decorative plates to up the aesthetic factor of your meals. With a few simple arrangements, you’ll be able to get a plating that’s restaurant-worthy!
While in the midst of revamping your cupboard, keep in mind that we consume more food off bigger plates to reach the same satisfaction levels as when we eat off a smaller plate.
Switch to smaller plates to eat smaller portions effortlessly!
3. Mindfulness is key
Put in the effort to lay out placemats, arrange your utensils, bring out the napkin rings – anything to help make mealtimes more enjoyable.
Some people even play instrumental music to enhance the ambience.
Chances are that you’ll actually focus on the food more and savour it more, just because of the time and effort put into the meal.
Eliminate smartphone usage at the table. When eating, focus on each bite. It’s been proven that you’ll feel less satisfied if you’re eating while doing something else. Multitasking just doesn’t cut it here.