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A caller named Julia says that her kitchen is covered with paperwork from her home office. "The kitchen looks like an office, it doesn't look like a kitchen anymore, and to feed my family at night it takes 20 minutes to clean off the table," she says. Often, Julia says she takes food out of the kitchen and eats elsewhere—a habit that she says leads to overeating.

Peter says the clutter in Julia's kitchen is adding stress to her life and he shares some tips to help her get organized:

  • Do not use the kitchen as an office.
  • Organize your cupboards, shelves and countertops, removing cookware, utensils and other items that you don't routinely use.
  • Remove anything from the kitchen that is not key to the physical and mental nourishment of your family.
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