Last year we (and thousands of other neat freaks) adopted KonMari, the Mari Kondo method of organizational advice. Her new book, ‘Spark Joy’ tells how you can potentially get slim by keeping order in your kitchen. Eating clean starts with a clean kitchen.
According to CNN.com, “Environment & Behavior Journal suggested that the more cluttered our environments, the more likely we are to overeat”. Can an organized kitchen really keep you from snarfing that bag of cookies? "Having a clean kitchen or home makes you feel more in control and primes you to stay in control," says Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and co-author of the study. "It's easier to simply clean your kitchen than to fight it by trying to talk yourself out of unhealthy decisions."
And while science supports it, Kondo helps you actually do it! The first rule is to remember ease of cleaning versus ease of use. Kondo noticed that restaurant kitchens are designed so chefs could easily clean as they cooked. A pile of dirty dishes resulted in time-consuming cleanup at the end of their shift. Instead, with a clean-as-you-go set-up, one final wipe of the counters and they were done.
Now, here’s the magic formula for using a clean kitchen to stay trim. Make the food disappear and the pounds just might follow. After all, if there is a cookie jar on the counter--and you have to wipe it down--you might also have to open it up. And snatch a few Oreos to go! It’s pretty simple. If you can see food, you're more likely to eat it. Put the toaster and cookie jar away and replace them with a fruit bowl. To put this into practice, keep nothing on the counters, around the sink, or stove top. Design your storage with this in mind and even if your kitchen space is limited you will be able to stay on top of oil, spills or other messes. It is easier to wipe a counter than clean off a teapot, right?
Psychologically, cleanliness and tidiness show a little self-respect. And that means positive self-esteem. As a result, you are more likely to treat your body better and not reach for the junk food. Find happiness in the kitchen and you might just see fewer pounds on the scale.