Toss Your Old Tupperware

Toss Your Old Tupperware

We all have THAT cabinet. You know the one. You avoid it because when you open the doors, loose storage containers fall out in a roaring avalanche, like a scene in one of those annoying infomercials. It’s time to say goodbye to the mismatched takeout containers you sent through the dishwasher and swore you’d use again someday. Here’s why: A study from Cornell University showed that those with messy, cluttered kitchens were more likely to reach for fatty snacks than those in a clean, stress-free one. Essentially, decluttering your on-the-go boxes will make you feel more relaxed, and since cortisol, the hormone triggered by stress, leads to fat storage, less stress means less belly fat! Also, choosing reasonably sized Tupperware in favor of the huge takeout bins will help you with portion control. It’s a win-win for your weight loss and cleaning goals.

7 Take Advantage of Technology
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It is the 21st century, after all. Technology is at our fingertips, so why not use it to help you slim down? If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can do anything with an app. In this case, use it to compile your favorite healthy recipes and get rid of cookbooks that clutter your kitchen space. You can also use apps like MyFitnessPal to keep tabs on your calorie intake, steps you’ve taken in a day, and whether or not you’re getting enough REM sleep. All that info will be just as easy to access as the ingredients for the Green Goddess Buddha Bowl you’ve been drooling over all day. Think about how good it would feel to throw out all those old, dusty books taking up space and to replace them with a sleek iPad. Now that’s spring cleaning.

8 Clean the Forgotten Spots
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You’d never eat off a plate covered in bacteria from raw chicken. It’s gross. You’d wash the plate, the cutting board you used, and wipe down the counter for good measure. But what about the other surfaces that might be contaminated? When you were cutting that chicken, how many times did you touch the handle of your garbage can or the door of your fridge? Did you let the meat thaw in the bottom of your sink? Your kitchen can become the ultimate bacteria hub if it’s not regularly cleaned. A 2013 study from Medical Mycology showed that, due to their environment, the handles and doors of dishwashers and refrigerators were found to contain black yeast that could be harmful to your health and cause inflammation. And since inflammation leads to belly-widening weight gain, a disinfection would be good for you in more ways than one. So as you’re throwing away unnecessary kitchen items, don’t forget to do a deep clean of the surfaces you’re constantly touching.

9 Clean With the Right Chemicals
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It just makes sense that you should keep your kitchen clean, but some chemicals in common household cleaners could be worse than the bacteria! According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, many generic cleaning brands contain toxic chemicals that cause asthma attacks, allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and are known carcinogens. These dangerous additives are everywhere, and companies aren’t even required to disclose when they’re used, so it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cleaners. According to a study by PLoS One, Triclosan, a chemical in toothpastes, soaps, and household cleaning supplies, can increase your body mass index by .9 percent. That may not seem like a lot, but it’s worth investing in chemical-free products like GreenShield Organic All-Purpose Cleaner to keep off unwanted weight.

10 Splurge on Organizational Gadgets
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They may seem silly, but the “As Seen on TV” sections of stores like Bed Bath & Beyond can actually contain some seriously handy tools to help you get organized. And getting your hands on them is easier than ever (we’re looking at you, Amazon), so why not spend the extra cash purchasing something that can help you get organized while dropping pounds? And while it goes against the rules of spring cleaning to buy more things, if it will keep your kitchen clean in the long haul, we count that as a win. Whether it’s bins and baskets to separate pantry items or an over-the-door caddy to hold all your measuring cups, sometimes these life hack pieces are worth it. It doesn’t even have to cost an arm and a leg, either, especially with these 20 Life-Changing Weight Loss Tools Under $20 that make life a little easier. Because that’s what spring cleaning is all about, right?

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