Once the rest of the house is in order, Mindy and Billy take Peter to where they hit clutter rock bottom—the laundry room. "When I see this room, I just feel defeated," Mindy says. "It's a clothes explosion."
Billy says some of the clothes scattered across the floor have been there for months. "There's probably clothes in there from the summer still," he says. "They haven't been washed and put away like they should."
Peter says things in the laundry room spiraled out of control after Mindy and Billy started piles on the floor. "The moment you give up on a flat surface—whether it's a kitchen table, a countertop, the top of a bedside table or the biggest flat surface of all in your home, the floor—the moment they are not clear, you have given in to clutter," he says. "You have to keep flat surfaces clear."