Luca-Proofing My Life

Yesterday the g-babies were here, which meant, as always, I had to Luca-proof the house. The little man is small but quick. He can take down my oil lamps, candles, books and photos faster than I can tell him “no,” ergo, they all get put up. WAY up. Then when he leaves, I put it all back to normal.

The thing is, as I discovered while putting things back in their place last evening, normal isn’t always best.

Take my metal candle holder. This is where I always had it, on my cedar chest in front of the window and amongst a whole lot of other things.

Here’s where I “hide” it from Luca, on the dining room table.

I really love this candle holder, but it gets lost on the cedar chest. It’s much more impressive on the table. I would never have thought about this until I paid attention to where I hid it from Luca.

I did the same thing with weight loss over and over again. I’d move things around (so to speak), lose some weight, and then when I was done, put everything – attitude, food, ego – back to “normal.” Yeah. That worked out REAL well. I was always lost among the clutter, always losing for the wrong reasons and gaining it all back.

I never thought about that clutter until I paid attention to what I really wanted for myself: to be as healthy as I could be. I’m finding this same concept applies to all aspects of my life: writing, my knees, the places I want to go, the people I want to meet. I have to be willing to see the clutter in order to change or grow or succeed, to shine in the place that’s best, not the place I always thought of as normal.

Now seems the perfect time to give away another one of the tools in my arsenal: “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” by Peter Walsh (Oprah’s organizational guru and consultant on TLC’s “Clean Sweep”). As with all my giveaways, all I ask in return is that you pass it on when you’re done, or if you can’t part with it, donate an item or two to your local food shelf.

All you have to do to throw your name in the hat is post a comment or send an email to And if you feel like it, share the ways in which you are or want to “Luca-proof” your life. I’ll draw a winner on Sunday morning (May 23).

Luca discovered the outdoor water bowl for the dogs. I don’t always catch everything that needs Luca-proofing.

16 thoughts on “Luca-Proofing My Life

  1. Our bodies are actually part of our environment. This book sounds interesting.
    Claire and Luca are most fortunate to have you for their grandmother.

  2. What a sweet picture. I SOOOO need to Luca proof my house, meaning rearrange things so they make sense for the me I am today. Thanks for the idea. I could definitely use some decluttering in my house and life. *crossing my fingers I win*

  3. I would love to win that Peter Walsh book. I'm definitely seeing a connection between my weight loss efforts and the chaos that is in my home. I sure could use some of his expertise to help me out in this area.

  4. That's so funny. Before I got to the part where you mentioned the book, I was thinking, that sounds like that book I've got (but haven't read yet.)

    And that picture of Luca and Claire is a classic.

  5. This post captures exactly how I feel about my weight loss this (final) time around. I finally started to have real success when I realized that my life would need to change for good, not just a short period while I was losing weight. While I've been losing weight for a long time now, 100 lbs. over the last 2 years and 7 months, it hasn't been the struggle that it was in the past. I totally attribute that to “rearranging my mental furniture”.

  6. The candle holder looks waaay better on the table & as you can see in the first picture, the candle is lost in all the other “stuff”. That's how we have to look at ourselves, if we can get out from underneath the stuff then we can be seen for exactly who we are. About 5 years ago I decided that having alot of stuff around me was not making me feel better but worse, I felt boxed in & confined. I made the decision that if it could be qualified as a nic-nac then it had to go. I only kept things that had a sentimental value. Wow, I had even more than I realized, no junk either all my stuff was very nice but it was taking up my space. I had a great yardsale, made about $500! My house seemed to double in size & it actually looks cleaner. I get more compliments on my house now with less than I did with more. I liken the feeling to loosing weight, once you experience it, you never want to go back.

  7. Weight, clutter, and financial stress…all seemed to be linked. And I can't tell if when I'm making progress one place am I losing ground in another, or is it when I get better in one area that I'm getting better everywhere?

  8. wahoostampinggirl, congrats on your stats and on that mental rearrangement!

    When I don't care about what I eat, I find I don't care about what I spend or if I clean. And if I don't care if I clean, I'm in danger of not caring about anything else. Etc, etc, etc. It's all a mind thing, isn't it?

    Anonymous, I love your idea of choosing the most precious things to keep. I downsized nearly half when I moved from a large house to our small house a few years ago. I gave away most of it to a church rummage sale and it felt so good to have it all away from me. That was when I was also in the home stretch of my weight loss.

    Wow, it's been a long time since I'd thought about that. Thanks for reminding me of that 🙂

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