If one focuses on areas that have the most clutter and items that cause the most clutter, they could possibly make the most difference in their quality of life.
Areas that could potentially acquire the most clutter:
1. Kitchen Counter/ Island - In most modern cultures this is now the heart of the home, but it is often treated like an extension of the garage.
2. Bathroom Vanity - That deodorant packaging was not intended for home decor.
3. Bedside Tables - A book and a lamp will suffice. O.K. perhaps a phone charger, but that's it.
4. Book Cases. So the secret here is in the name folks. Bookcases should be for books. Art and decorative accessories are also allowed. But if you are getting into the board game, news-papers-I'll-Get-to, dead gold fish state of affairs ... it's time to take action.
Items that add clutter:
2. Small appliances
3. Printed periodicals and newspapers
4. packaged food
Our best advice to edit ones life and therefore successfully nest and flourish:
1. Edit down to essentials in your wardrobe and elsewhere. If it's not being used daily/ weekly, it needs a permanent storage solution. If it's not being used annually (Christmas decorations and platters), it needs to be purged.
2. De-clutter your most cluttered areas; Create strict rules about "nothing is housed in public view"! This may seem drastic in the beginning, but eventually you too will feel the peaceful state this brings.
3. Add smart storage solutions to Kitchen's, baths and closets. If everything has a place to reside out of sight, it will never have to be within sight.
4. Save nothing for Halloween. One comment that is always a dead giveaway that something needs to be donated is "But Sweetie ... I could wear that for Halloween!" Get rid of all Hawaiian Shirts and ugly Christmas sweaters.
4. With every purchase comes a purge. This is key. You think you need a new shirt? So does someone else. We should get our closets to a livable wardrobe and never let it get bigger.
5. If one is moving, one should take advantage of the situation and edit down their belongings. Don't move stuff into a new house that you do not use. We've moved 9 times in 9 years and with every move we par down more. We still have opportunity.