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How to Minimize the Accumulation of Clutter

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In the past several years, the concept of “decluttering” has benefitted from a massive surge in popularity. Gurus and experts in a range of disciplines have enumerated the advantages of decluttering, from creating more space in your house to producing psychological benefits.

Most of us have at least some experience decluttering a home, whether we’ve bought into modern philosophies on the subject or not; after years of accumulation, you have to get rid of items you no longer need. But how can you prevent clutter from accumulating in the first place? Wouldn’t that be better?

The Advantages of Minimizing Clutter

Minimizing clutter and preventing clutter are, in many ways, better strategies than decluttering every time the clutter accumulates. While decluttering may always eventually become necessary, you can greatly minimize your effort and keep your home cleaner.

Consider the benefits:

  • Cost savings. Part of your job while minimizing clutter is buying fewer items that you don’t need. Over time, this can help you save money, allowing you to divert your funds to more important things (like saving and investing).
  • Time savings. If you take a few seconds to put items in their proper place, you could save minutes of cleaning later. On a large enough scale, you could end up saving yourself dozens, or even hundreds of hours.
  • A cleaner house. Policing your own clutter accumulation will result in a more consistently clean and tidy house. Your clean house isn’t a temporary reward after a rare decluttering event; it’s a new normal.

So what does it take to see these benefits?

Rethink How You See Furniture

Furniture takes up a lot of space in your home, whether you realize it or not. Making a handful of changes to minimize your accumulation of furniture and make the most of your space can provide a host of psychological benefits — and keep your home as open as possible. 

One way to do this is to invest in furniture that serves multiple purposes simultaneously. For example, Innovation Living sofa beds are compact, lightweight, and comfortable — and they can be used as both sofas and beds. 

Improve Your Storage Options

First, you can improve your storage options. You won’t have to deal with piles of shoes spilling into the hallway if there’s an efficiently organized shoe closet where you can store them more conveniently. There are many options here, including:

  • Shelves and drawers. Adding specialized shelves or drawers to a room, or to a closet, can make it easier to take advantage of vertical space – while reducing the tendency for clutter to “spill out” into main living areas.
  • Compact storage. You can also take advantage of spaces that aren’t being used for anything else. For example, investing in an under-bed storage system could help you store several items using only space that was otherwise unoccupied.
  • Organizing structures. It’s also beneficial to use more obvious, surface-level organizing structures. For example, you can have a slotted mail organizer to conveniently sort and store your incoming mail.

Create a Place for Everything

Next, make sure you establish an official resting place for everything in your home; don’t just let your items fall where they may. For example, you might have a miscellaneous “junk drawer” where you keep everything from batteries to paperclips to scissors. But what truly “belongs” there and what doesn’t? Where should your coats go? Where does your mail go? Where do you put your car keys when you come home after work?

There are no right or wrong answers here. What’s important is that you have an idea of where things should be stored when not in use.

The next phase of this strategy is to consistently ensure that each item you use or come across ends up in its respective assigned location – and ensure your family members do the same thing. If you return each item after using it, you’ll never have to worry about making a clean sweep to get rid of items that have accumulated over time.

Reduce Acquisition of New Items

After that, you can start practicing a kind of minimalism. Oftentimes, clutter accumulates because we end up acquiring items we don’t really want or need. If you stop acquiring those items in the first place, clutter will never form.

Here are some ways you can accomplish this:

  • Set a strict budget for yourself. First, set a strict budget for yourself and be careful not to go over it. If you want to splurge on something, consider splurging on an experience like a meal at a nice restaurant rather than some tangible item.
  • Give yourself time before buying anything. If you feel like you want to buy something, take a moment before doing so. In fact, take a day – or even a few days. If you still want it after that waiting period, go ahead and buy it. But you might find that most of your time, your will to buy disappears.
  • Consider donating or repurposing gifts. You can’t help what’s gifted to you. However, you can choose to donate or repurpose gifts you receive that you don’t want or need.

With these strategies, it’s a near certainty that your home will accumulate less clutter – and accumulate it at a slower rate. Stay consistent with your goals and your tactics, and the quality and cleanliness of your home will improve. 

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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The Role of Medicine in Achieving and Sustaining a Healthy Body Mass

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The CDC’s latest numbers classify approximately 42 percent of Americans as obese, and over two-thirds of American adults qualify as either obese or overweight. Living with excess weight heightens people’s risk for debilitating and chronic but otherwise preventable conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

With new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy on the rise, many are wondering if these medications live up to their hype and can even help end the obesity epidemic. Sergio Padron, founder and CEO of online healthcare and weight-loss support company MD Exam, believes they can — up to a point.

“It’s important to approach these medications with a thorough understanding of what they can and can’t do,” Padron says. “Magic pills for weight loss don’t exist.”

The importance of achieving a healthy body mass

According to Padron, achieving and sustaining a healthy body mass is key to good health. To obtain your body mass index (BMI), online calculators like this one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ask for your height and weight, run them through the standard formula, and generate your score. The last step is to find this number in the standardized ranges considered underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

“Many healthcare professionals use the body mass index (BMI) for a quick approximation of most people’s health,” he explains. “All you need is the patient’s weight and height, and you can calculate this number.”

There are exceptions, however. “In particular, bodybuilders and other athletes can generate results that make it seem like they aren’t healthy, when in fact they’re in excellent condition,” Padron explains. “That’s because BMI doesn’t consider muscle mass, and muscle is more dense than fat. In addition, BMI doesn’t account for visceral fat being more dangerous than fat deposits elsewhere in the body.”

That’s why Padron cautions people not to make snap judgments based on BMI alone and to seek a more comprehensive view from healthcare professionals. “Factors like body composition, blood markers, and lifestyle need to be considered,” he explains, “which is one of the many reasons why we only offer individualized care at MD Exam.”

If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese categories, then it’s time to make a change. “Unfortunately, excess body weight means you could be developing major health problems that you otherwise wouldn’t,” Padron says. “Being overweight has also been associated with depression. In my experience, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem and even lead to the development of eating disorders.”

Luckily, groundbreaking new drugs have become available to help people recover their quality of life.

How Ozempic and Wegovy can help

According to Padron, pharmaceutical solutions like Ozempic and Wegovy can help most people achieve and sustain a healthy body mass. These medications reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness, thereby enabling people to regulate their consumption better.

“One of the most important things our patients report is that they’re no longer tormented by cravings,” Padron says. “They find it easier to avoid overeating in the first place.”

In addition, Ozempic and Wegovy have been shown to decrease visceral fat — the dangerous kind of fat deposits. “The idea is to optimize health and well-being, not just lose weight,” Padron says. “We want to make sure you lose the right pounds. When you lose visceral fat and keep muscle, you are heading in the right direction and your body composition improves.”

In some rare cases, however, Ozempic and Wegovy aren’t effective. “Luckily, other interventions can be effective in those cases, such as Tirzepatide or classic weight-loss drugs,” Padron says.

Yet Padron emphasizes that weight-loss drugs alone are insufficient to achieve and sustain a healthy body mass.

Personalized, comprehensive support

“Just taking a pill won’t make pounds disappear,” Padron says. “To lose weight, it’s necessary to get real about your lifestyle and actually change your habits. If you haven’t been exercising, for instance, then it’s time to start getting up a little earlier and going for a morning walk. If you haven’t been eating well, then it’s time to stop buying soda and junk food.”

Easier said than done? “We know it’s hard,” Padron says. “That’s why our program takes support seriously. Our medical staff works with patients one-on-one to develop treatment plans that will work for them. We also provide coaching and connect patients to each other for mutual support and accountability. MD Exam is a community. People make friends for life on our platform.”

Lose weight, feel great

Obtaining a healthy body mass often leads to increased energy levels, improved mobility, and reduced joint pain. It can also help control chronic conditions like high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as forestall the development of preventable diseases. If that isn’t already enough, it can also boost patients’ self-confidence and mental health.

“Our patients experience an incredible feeling of accomplishment and empowerment,” Padron says. “Losing weight can be truly transformative. I can’t tell you how many people have told me their whole outlook on life has become more positive.”

For Padron, helping people lose weight is its own reward. “I love watching people shed their depression and come back to life,” he says. “This is the most rewarding work I can imagine.”

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