There appears to be a faint light at the end of the tunnel.
In the last couple of months I’ve met with 6 prospective clients and nearly 50% have a real need and desire to get a handle on clutter in addition to improving the aesthetics of their space. I realize clutter is a real issue for many Americans and extremely overwhelming to tackle. To help start the process of clearing clutter I found this great article from Real Simple, “Clutter-Busting Secrets of the Pros” by Amanda Hinnant. Clutter-Busting Secrets of the Pros
I’d also like to add, consider holding a garage sale or posting items that not longer work for you on Craigslist. You’ll be surprised how the sales add up and might pay for a new piece of furniture (or design fees from a professional).
Once you have a handle on your clutter, motivation for embracing changes to your space increases. The ability to maximize potential form and function become much easier.
Think about tackling such a project in the New Year. You will start 2010 feeling lighter, clear minded, and good about yourself.
If you find yourself needing more help than these do-it-yourself tips, you may want to consider calling in a professional. I recommend checking out the National Association of Professional Organizers: http://www.napo.net/. You can search for a local organizer and also find organizers with specialties for clients of various needs.