Ever notice how sometimes a new purchase actually *helps* the clutter situation? I don't mean the obvious, like buying a storage system, I mean little things that just inspire you to do more.
I've decided to make the switch to dried beans and while I was in the store with my little bags I realized that I don't like loose bags in the pantry and that I didn't really have a good place to put them. I think this right as I walk into the aisle with all the canning jars for sale. Bingo! I head home with a dozen wide mouthed quart jars.
So as I'm transferring the beans to the jars at home, dh comes over to help and he says "what else could we put in jars?" Next thing you know, the top shelf of our pantry is cleared out, stuff we haven't used for years is in the Goodwill pile, and all the rest of the pantry has more space even though I just came home with 6 bags of groceries.