I began with the area which was bothering me the most, the kitchen, but you should start wherever is bothering you the most. The best advice I received was to just start, and this is good advice. Once you get started it just takes off. In fact, I guarantee it. I would however recommend getting someone over to keep you motivated as it can be a bit overwhelming.
The minimalists advocate having a decluttering party but I am not sure I would have been able to manage this personally. Plus, my friends are as busy as me and i’m not sure where they would find the time! I had my mother-in-law (I know i’m not married but its easier to refer to her as that) and even we struggled as only I could really make the decisions on what should be kept, what should be chucked, what should be sold and what should be given to charity. I’d have been lost without her though.
We actually blitzed the kitchen in one day. The local Facebook selling page is brilliant. With items which I wanted to sell, they were photographed, uploaded and sold within one hour of putting them up. Unlike eBay, there are no fee’s and no time consuming posting to contend with as local people are willing to come and collect their items.
The next room I took on was the master bedroom. I very broadly followed the Kon Mari method but didn’t opt to take every item of clothing out at once as I felt this would be overwhelming for me. Overwhelming for me can mean getting disheartened and I might have given up! I got rid of 6 black bags and sold the nice items (still working on that debt after all) and gave everything else to charity.