A corner was becoming a catch-all and I decluttered it today. Just a few things left for HRH to go through. How easy that corner will be to clean now, with only the decor that is intended for it!
I've learned to look at a room in a timeless way - what is my vision for this room always, not just what I can put up with today. Because "today" turns into a few days and then a week, etc.
For our busy household, this may mean that some rooms need to be "in flux" of course. Office, sewing for instance - these are working spaces and projects there have purpose. It is reassuring that projects aren't "in the way" there, but have a space to stay out while we're working on them, doing a careful job. (taxes are a good example lately)
Other rooms are welcoming only if they are clear - it's non-negotiable. Dining area jumps out at me on this. Yes, the table is convenient, and its point-of-entry to the house is convenient, but that only means I have a challenge in finding ways to meet needs without allowing the space to become unwelcoming.
blessed, your concept of using face-time online to make decisions with a family member when it's convenient - that's really interesting. I'm glad it's working for you and dh with the dds. Did your organizing dd come up with that or Kat or just you yourself?