Today's tip is have less stuff.
Like lots less.
Abraham Lincoln lived in a one room cabin. According to the model at the Presidential Museum in Springfield, there was a bed, a trundle, a fireplace, a table and a couple chairs. Some books and some pots and pans. And that was for two adults, and two children.
I have SLIGHTLY more than that. LOL
I'm not saying that you need to pare things down to that level, although I really wish that I could. (Can you imagine how easy it would be to keep things clean?) But I think most Americans could live with a lot less.
I'm doing a MAJOR purge at the Simple Home. The goal is to get rid of everything extra, and to get rid of all of the low quality things. To make sure everything has a home, and that if there are too many things to fit in that home, then we don't need that many. Everything that stays will have a purpose. Horizontal surfaces will not be used for storage (particularly the ledge and kitchen counters). If something new comes in, something will have to go out, and only quality items that have a purpose will be allowed in.