The March issue of (O)prah Magazine features the headline "Declutter Your Life." Inside there is an article that discusses the 10 habits of highly organized people. A link to it is here: http://www.oprah.com/home/The-10-Habits-of-Highly-Organized-People_1/1. My single most favorite habit that contributes to being organized and clutter-free is being able to separate emotion from possessions. This is something so hard for almost everybody. My second favorite habit is to ask for help when "decluttering" your space. It is always beneficial to have an outside, unbiased person who can help you make decisions about what stays and what goes. I can't wait to check out how Oprah simplifies her closet!
I am now a stay at home mom but in my former life I was a French teacher--I have my B.A., M.A., and A.B.D. (next step to Ph.D. in French literature). I love teaching and miss it but in the meantime I am enjoying operating a part-time home organizing and design business. Contact me for more info if you are interested!