I don't know about the OP, but since reading this thread, my house seems more cluttered and depressing. Not to say that I didn't find this thread extremely helpful. I have made some progress. We just sold $400 worth of items at a garage sale, then donated everything that was left over. I cleaned out and organized our entire garage. Only to have a customer fill it with ebay items for me to sell for them. But with the new postage rates, I don't know how that is going to work out. Whatever is left they will let me have half if I have a garage sale for them.
Part of my problem is two chronically ill children, a chronically ill husband, my mom who has a torn ligament in her knee, a teenager who is worn out from helping and just needs some me time, and small unschooled children who play play play and mess mess mess. Our whole house was torn apart for remodeling that came to a standstill a year and a half ago after of dh's surgery. I am coming to terms that dh is just not able to do the things he used to do. He laid some used carpet and padding that was given to us yesterday and I swear he was going to die! Then, finding out that a big toxic intermodal railyard is going to be built by our house has taken the heart out of fixing up our house anymore for all of us. Then there was the basement flooding last year. Our youngest child is really sick, sometimes taking lots of time and attention from everyone. There's just no wind left in the sail so it's like to get anything done is like using a paddle in a raft in the ocean. I just put out on craigslist a bunch of services like doula service, cooking, petsitting,or selling items for people on ebay and a list of all of the items that I have for trade in exchange for all of the home maintanance finishing of some of these projects that have become too much for dh. I organized the closets the day before yesterday. I might have to read this thread again to get motivated so I will stay subscribed! Today the plan is to lay more carpet..so we are taking things out of rooms and let me tell you...things are MORE unorganized because of that...thinking positively this upheaval is temporary. I have an area in the dining room reserved for items that we will garage sale again or donate so as we go through these rooms we can declutter.