Help me begin to de-clutter
Newbie to this forum needs help!!
My house has clutter everywhere. I can't seem to get a handle on it. I have a four-bedroom house with finished basement and storage room in basement. There are a total of 2 (yes only 2!) people living in my house, one of which is my child. And the other is me, of course. And we have two cats who think they are people.
My storage room is full of boxes. One of the spare bedrooms is storing my sister's furniture. The other is full of empty Christmas ornament boxes, and some home-office type furniture (it was supposed to be an office for me). My bedroom has stacks of books and magazines. The child's room is a disaster. The basement is half dumping ground, half entertainment area. The hall is full of boxes not yet unpacked from when we moved in two years ago. The garage is so full of tools, I can't get my car in there.
I think our biggest problem is figuring out where to put stuff away. We don't have any kind of organizing system, although I have bought countless plastic bins.
What should I do differently? I try to sit down and go through one pile, or one drawer. I move things, but wind up with a lot of stuff that has no home, so I just put them in the general area, thinking I will deal with them when I do that area. I spend a large chunk of time and feel like I haven't really gotten anywhere.
I really want to get the basement cleaned up before company comes for Christmas. It seems impossible. Help!