Trying To Lose Weight? Try Decluttering Your Physical Space

Ditch the diet – research shows that clutter can be the weight gain culprit.

Do you feel stressed out and rotten when clutter levels rise past a certain point? Consider this research: Self-identified hoarders (who have a tendency to collect and an inability to dispose of things) and family members of hoarders are nearly three times more likely to be overweight and have more medical and mental health issues than their family members, according to a 2008 report in Psychiatry Research. Although hoarding is an extreme example, people with typical clutter problems report anxiety, guilt, and depression about the clutter in their homes.

The first step in getting rid of excess fat is to...