Storage Storage Storage!
One important key to reducing clutter is to try and create a place for everything. An easy way to accomplish this is to create as much functional storage as you can. This can be in the form of open or closed shelving, baskets, bins, hooks, you name it. When items have a designated home, they are less likely to end up in places they don't belong, like on the floor or covering the counters.
Labeled Bins / Baskets
Another simple way to declutter is to label your bins or baskets with what should go in there. This can be very helpful in remembering what goes where. Areas where this is helpful include mail areas, linen closets, pantries, and any other area where there are a lot of different items that are constantly being shuffled around. This will also help all of the members of your household be on the same page about where things belong.
One Thing in, One Thing Out
A great phrase to go by is “one thing in, one thing out.” Some think decorating is all about filling up as much empty space as you can when in fact that is far from the truth. While you do want your space to feel full, you also want it to feel open and clean. This can be a tough balance when you are always bringing new pieces home to add to what you already have. So, the next time you bring a new piece home, try and get rid of / donate something that has seen better days.