Clutter can be the result of: poor habits, lack of organization, sentimental attachment, too much stuff. Most often, clutter is the fault of the ‘homeless’. Every item should have a home. Each item of clutter is a decision delayed.
Below are some different methods for managing clutter. Use the one that matches your needs, available schedule and degree of decluttering
Pick up each item and don’t release it until you have made a decision to either, find it an appropriate permanent home, place it in storage, give it away, or throw it out. This forces a decision
Four Box Method:
Put Away/Find Home
 Items that have or need homes
Give Away/Sell
Items you will give away/donate or sell in a garage sale
Repair/Clean
Items should be dated and, if not acted on timely, discarded/donated
Toss/Recycle
Items should be discarded immediately to prevent 2nd thoughts, but
responsibly, recyclying when possible
(Examples: irrepairable items, clothes that are out of style or don’t fit)
Storage
Items that need long term storage, lable, include inventory on outside of
box (even if box is translucent)
(Examples: Christmas decorations, memorabilia)

Reserve 15 minutes to empty the boxes.
Put away the items that have homes
Place items that you are giving away in the trunk of your car so they can be taken away with out reconsidering
When storing items permanently, make a brief inventory of the box and place on the outside or number the box and keep a file for your stored items.
Empty the trash box immediately, so you don’t change your mind
Items that need repair or cleaning should be placed in a location that is out of immediate sight but not out of mind, such as a closet that is accessed frequently. Put a date on this box and after 6 months (or sooner), any items left in the box should be given away or tossed/recycled.
Store returns can be placed in this frequented area also. Return these items before 30 days or per store policy.
Box and Banish Method (Fastest)
This method clears clutter immediately. Gather all clutter from counters, drawers, tables, floors,  and place into boxes
or bags and stack them somewhere outside of living area such as basement or garage. Once all clutter is cleared from all rooms, take the time to go through each bag or box and sort items, putting away, giving away or throwing away where necessary.
Penicillin Method
This procedure is like innoculating against a disease or in this case, clutter.
Start with one area, a table or countertop, closet or one room, if ambitious, and completely clear the clutter. Place the clutter in a designated, limited area to conquer later. The newly cleaned, clutter-free area is now innoculated against clutter. From this point on, no mater how badly cluttered it becomes elsewhere, clutter is not permitted in the inoculated area. Make daily or weekly checkups of your cleared areas and make sure family members also understand the procedure.

Items that have or need homes
Give Away/Sell
Items you will give away/donate or sell in a garage sale
Repair/Clean
Items should be dated and, if not acted on timely, discarded/donated
Toss/Recycle
Items should be discarded immediately to prevent 2nd thoughts, but
responsibly, recyclying when possible
(Examples: irrepairable items, clothes that are out of style or don’t fit)