Think of organizing your home as a giant jigsaw puzzle. All of the puzzle pieces will eventually fit together perfectly once they are put in the appropriate place.
Before the puzzle can be successfully completed, all of the extra pieces that do not belong need to be sorted through and discarded. Things will never come together without this and will be a constant work in progress or abandoned totally. It cuts down on the frustration level as well.
It is always faster and easier to put a jigsaw puzzle together when it has fewer pieces. Keep this in mind when debating and second-guessing on what should stay and what can safely go in your home.
Reasons for keeping things can range from the practical to the sentimental to the impractical and anywhere in between. Honesty with yourself is key when weighing the benefits received against the extra effort required for any given item. More often that not, less is better.
Puzzles and games can be enjoyable and challenging. Home organizing is much the same. The difference lies in the personal benefits that are reaped day in and day out when a simpler and easier lifestyle is finally realized. The pieces of the puzzle will ultimately come together and you will be richly rewarded for your efforts.