I'm working on a total house declutter too. It is very stressful and overwhelming. I am slowly making progress though. I use the same old tactics as always suggested but I'll say them here just in case.
- Declutter one area at a time (drawer, shelf, type of item, etc)
- Remove big items that you can to see quicker progress
- Start with smaller rooms that can be done quicker to have something finished to inspire you (think laundry room, hallway, or bathroom)
I also like the idea of a fresh start and like others feel that "if I could just start over completely then I could do it." Since that obviously isn't always feasible I pretend. I sit down and make a list of what I'd have/want if I could just start over. Then I take my list and declutter to match my list. So if I'm doing clothes then I toss ALL my clothes in one big pile. Get the list and pull items out one at a time to match the list - a jacket, one sweater, 6 tops, 4 long sleeve tops, 4 bottoms, one skirt, etc. (whatever the list says). When I get my favorites out in order and have my list filled everything left in the pile gets bagged and is gone. * Another popular method of doing clothes is the hanger trick but that isn't enough instant gratification for me.
It helps to have a buddy as well which is why I like the challenges around here so if you'd like back up during your total house declutter feel free to post your goals/achievements in the 10-15 min declutter sessions or the 2014 in 2014 thread. If you'd like someone else focused on a total house declutter to join you then you can post here as well. I'd be okay with posting here and motivating both of us if you'd like.