10. Protect the result
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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