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Rule #2: Know Your Clutter Limit

Michaels says that even if you're someone who loves to be surrounded by lots of color and accessories and things, it's still possible to cross that line where it feels like you have too much clutter. On the other end of the organizing spectrum, someone who prefers a minimalist space might have a much lower threshold for what constitutes clutter. Figuring out your limit is key to determining the best organizing strategies for you. And if you share a household with others, you'll want to communicate it and try to compromise as best you can.