Simplifying is not an easy task. If you have a friend who is a minimalist that can be incredibly helpful, but most of us don’t.
The less you have, the easier it is to stay organized. I love knowing where everything is and the only way to do that is to have a specific place for everything (except scissors-I am a firm believer of a set of scissors in every single room). It took a long time to have a place for everything. We move about every 5 years or so. That alone has helped me condense my stuff, but you can do it anywhere.
If you clear out a space-even if it is a couple of kitchen cabinets really clean it out. All items out. Wipe all the shelves and walls down. Let things that have no sentimental value go-especially if they are chipped or faded. We do not need 20 mugs. I have no idea why I would have so many other than people gave them to me, and I feel guilty letting them go. LET THEM GO. Just keep your favorites.The ones you don’t like sit in the back of the cabinet anyway and never get used.
Keep in mind that decluttering is a never ending project. I can tell you if you make it a habit it is so much easier, but it takes practice. I have been practicing for years and have gotten much better.
One of the best things about decluttering is there is less to clean, dust and wipe off. I was shocked by how much time it saves. Even having a cabinet with glass doors saves a ton of time. Not a lot of dust gets in there so it is no longer a weekly project. More like a every few months project.
And keep in mind…life is messy and fun. We can’t have a stark clean house and still be having fun. It is a give and take situation. But remember-if you know where everything is, you aren’t looking for it so that saves a ton of time to have fun.