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Peter says you can't lose weight if your home is chaotic and disorganized, so he challenges Amber and her family to declutter their home in just 48 hours.

To organize the living and dining areas, Peter arms the family with an essential tool—trash bags! "One of these bags you should fill with anything that's trash," Peter says. "In the other bag should go anything that you want to donate to charity."

Do the trash bag tango in your home.

One of the first things to go is a fake tree Amber always hated. Peter says the plant reflected the mood in Amber's home. "Easy, cheap, not what you want," he says.

In the corner is a box comic books Antonio got from his mom. When Peter asks if he cares about them, a tearful Antonio says he does. "Why are they over in a box in the corner? If you don't take care of this, what does it tell me?" Peter asks. "You have to care about [your things], and you have to care about [yourself]."

In the living room, Peter notices an urn that holds the ashes of the child Amber lost sitting on a cluttered self. "This has to have a place of honor and respect," Peter says. "The weight, the clutter has to go, and what is important has to stay."
FROM: Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? with Peter Walsh
Published on March 14, 2008