Hi! I have posted here off and on for a number of years and have been decluttering for a long time...I am not "there" yet and am thinking maybe it becomes a way of life to always be decluttering. It's not destination so much as a constant journey.
I had my upstairs decluttered and in great shape, but the storage area in my basement is the sore spot in my house. It's worse than it was when I started the whole decluttering journey! So...going to again tackle the basement, then will re-declutter the upstairs. Things are starting to pile up again.
For me I think it's going to take a combination of constantly moving excess things out and most importantly being uber -careful about how much I bring in. That is where my weak spot is. I can declutter like a champ, but I have not put the brakes on the constant flow of things still coming INTO my house! Duh!!!
Still working on a functional capsule wardrobe, still thinning books out, still in angst over my basement shelves...but at least have finally realized it isn't going to work if I don't stem the tide of incoming "stuff". Progress. Imperfect progress, but still progress.
I will never be a minimalist. But I would like to have a clean, decluttered home that looks nice.
I am thinking though that even if I get a ton of stuff out of my house this year, I will spend the rest of my life decluttering just to keep it from getting cluttered again. Even if I do finally stop bringing so much stuff back in after I worked so hard to get so much stuff out, there will always be stuff that needs to go, things that can be donated or given away. I think it's a constant process maybe.