l. Tidy up as quickly and completely as possible
2. Sort by category.
3. Ask for each item, "Does it spark joy in your life?"
Marie says to let go of any item that you have not used in 3 months. She says to let go of guilt; no need to keep an item because someone gave it to you. She says if you do it right you will never have to clear clutter again.
My own rules for keeping clutter at bay:
l. If an item comes into my house, an item has to leave the same day. Bag in; Bag out. This method works great for me.
2. Look around every day and find 2 things to throw in trash or to recycle.