Here is what I do. It's adapted from a clutter clearing website I read a long time ago.
Take two bags/boxes. These are:
* Belongs in Another Room
The rules are:
* 15 mins only
* Work as fast as you can (it's only 15 mins)
* Choose a point to start and take a path through the room without missing a single thing that is out of place.
* Pick up an item and don't put it down until you have decided what to do with it. This is similar to processing the GTD inbox. Either put it away or put it into one of your two boxes. It does not go back on the floor.
* Do not leave the room to put anything away. Use the "Another Room" box instead. This is critical because otherwise too much time is wasted going in and out of the room or up and down stairs.
At the end of the 15 mins put the trash in the bin and go round putting things in their proper rooms. There should be a clear patch in the room where you were working, showing tangible progress.
The best part is that this 15 minute game is a good Next Action for @Home.
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