I have heard on lots of organizing blogs and shows to only handle something once. When you are decluttering, pick up an object and make a decision right then and there about what to do with it. Don't put it back where you found it without finding a home, making a choice to get rid of it, etc.
I can be really, really good at this and really, really bad at this. For instance, sometimes items just need to be returned to their homes. Easy peasy. Other times it's a fairly easy choice to let something go. Or maybe I just need to clean out a drawer or something so that the item can be housed with like items. No problem, right?
But THEN there are the sticky ones. The "pretty" thing I bought that has no use (remember the brown and turquoise bin? Yep.)? The gift I'm not sure what do do with? The item that needs to have something done to/with it before I'm finished with it? You know where I'm going with this. These are the ones I pick up and then frantically wish for the phone to ring so I have an excuse to put it back down again.
Here's an example. I bought this adorable chalkboard from an etsy seller and it needs to be hung. Problem is, I bought it without following my rule of knowing AHEAD of time where it will go/how it will be used. So here it sits, completely unappreciated. I need to find a place for this this week and get it on the wall/fridge/wherever so I can actually enjoy it.
I am not always a success at this particular strategy. But I do think it's a good one! And I also think it works best when I only do a few sticky items at a time. I tend to make better choices and actually follow through. I'll let you know how it goes.....