The relationship between fat and clutter

The title of this book jumped out at me from the library shelves (oddly enough, I was looking in the financial section...) and made me giggle. Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? is just about the best book name in the world. Combining both my pet peeves, it made me want to read it.

And so far, it's pretty good. Straight talking and well-written, I'm inclined to go out and find more of Peter Walsh's decluttering titles.

Here's a little taste. In a section entitled It's Not About The Stuff, he writes:

Believe me, it's rarely about the stuff. Clutter is about fear of losing memories, or worry about the future, or a sense that something bad is going to happen. It's a way of dealing with loss or even a way of masking the pain of some past trauma.

Looking beyond the clutter for answers means addressing the underlying issues. I learned long ago that if you focus on the stuff you will never conquer the clutter and deal with the fat and excess that fills your home...

All of us deal constantly with the urge to consume some more. They're just not very different - clutter and fat...

To deal with the fat that clings to your hips you need to look beyond the number on the scale. IF that's your focus, you will never lose weight...

Declutter your mind, declutter your home, declutter your relationship to food. Then watch the ripple effect this has on every aspect of the way you live...

It's not about the food. First define the life you want to live. Acknowledge the issues that clutter up that vision. Clean up your priorities. Create a world where those priorities can thrive. Learn how to honour and respect yourself. When you do, the ability to take control of your body will follow."