The first thing you do apparently is Announce to Your Friends that you are about to declutter your home. They are supposed to leave their busy lives and come over and help you or at least keep you to it. The article I consulted says nothing about the Grave Danger of Taking a Tea Break that can last two hours and your friend waving Goodbye and you realise you must make the shops before the Meat Dept closes.
I wanted to call this 'Diary of a Surburban Lady Trying to Simplify her Life' but decided that Google would never bring anybody to it. On the other hand, many people enter 'How to declutter'