3. Throw out your TV altogether
I’ve been living without TV for ten years. I’m neither a hippie nor a Luddite — I just don’t like wasting time on the couch. Also, I like the look of a living room sans TV. The focal point of a living room without a TV is human interaction — couches face each other, not the boob tube.
4. Keep food in the kitchen, not all over the house
Eating for any reason other than intake of vitamins is the fastest ticket to obesity you can buy. Replace those decorative candy bowls with green plants or vases of fresh cut flowers. Ditto for the office.
5. Decorate your kitchen with fruit
If you’re in overeating mode, you’ll reach for whatever is available. Keep a colorful bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or table — it doubles as decoration, is packed with nutrients, and is much lower in calories than the pint of premium ice cream in the freezer.
6. Make room for exercise
This is reason in itself to de-clutter your house. Most people I know say they would do a little morning yoga or some push-ups and crunches, if only they had room to do it. Make room. I live in a studio apartment — not a large space — but I have plenty of room to spread out my yoga mat because I decided to omit the ubiquitous coffee table from my floor plan. Evaluate which pieces of furniture are absolutely necessary, and give the others away. If you must, must have a large coffee table in your living space, put it on wheels so that you can push it out of the way.