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3. Do the 10-Minute Declutter Exercise (aka the "Trash Bag Tango")

If you're feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start, here's a technique that will help you slowly eat away at it. I call it the "trash bag tango" and this is how it goes.

1. You get two trash bags, with the idea here being to clear the superficial clutter from your home.

2. In the first one you put trash; in the second bag, you put stuff that's going to a charity or a yard sale, books that you've read or clothing that no longer fits you,—and anything else that you just want out of the house.

If you do this simple 10-minute routine every day for a week you'll notice a difference. Do it every day for two weeks everyone will notice a difference. And do it every day for a month and you'll really be on top of the clutter.
Peter Walsh, organizing guru and author of Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight