Well, I did the flylady program (www.flylady.net
), and it helped quite a bit, but there is the fact that I am cheap/frugal whatever. I threw away a bunch of clothes I thought I'd never fit into again, only to lose all the extra weight and wish that I had stored them away in the attic, cause I couldn't afford to replace them. I also keep all the kids clothes, store them in the attic too, cause I know there will be more kids to come who will need them.
I think getting rid of nick-nacks is good, and so is "a place for everything". I have found the toys are under so much better control now that I bought shelves with cubbies, when a new toy comes in, we have to get rid of an old toy to make room on the shelves, whereas when we had a toy box, it just got to be overflowing with all the new cr@p all the time.
I have found that I don't need everything in the kitchen that I have there, so I moved cake pans (like shaped or themed ones) to a box in the cellar, and things like the candy thermometer, and the pastry brush type stuff to shelves on the cellar stairs, that way the drawers are not cluttered with stuff I use once or twice a year.
It is nice to be de-cluttered and simplified, I just find it hard when I am so cheap, and I can't bear the thought of buying something again, so it can be hard to throw things away.
Good luck, try flylady you might like her system, or you might run screaming