10. Protect the result
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Once your place looks great, work to keep it that way. Train yourself not to leave shoes on the family room floor or turn the kitchen table into a storage area. Resist the impulse to fill up newly cleared areas with new things.
Try the one-in, two-out rule: Any time you want to bring home a new item, get rid of two things you already own. This helps you focus on that new whatever-it-is: Do you want it badly enough to get rid of two other things?
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