Sometimes before things get better, they start to look worse than they did after you did all that work to make things look good. Such is the case with the basement area, which has had a slight temporary setback while I tried to figure out where a shitload of things are going. I've even sold books and got rid of furniture from the area and it still looks terrible:
One of the lessons I've learned while doing this job is that you shouldn't confuse organizing with decorating. Trying to work out an aesthetic scheme, while you are simply trying to figure out where things should go and what to keep, is a completely separate task. Yes, things start to look prettier when they aren't bursting off shelves and covering the floor. But if you try to work out color schemes and space planning at the same time as the decluttering aspect, you might be taking on too much at once. Keep a notebook to record your ideas along the way. And I think I've said this before: refrain from shopping for a whole new look with containers and shelves or design accents, because you might not be sure what you need until the worst is over.
That said, I'm trying not to put any pressure on myself about this. The holidays are here and I am behind on everything to do with presents and the usual planning. That said, I had a mini holiday party this evening where everyone complimented me on how nice everything looked in the living room. I had to confess that a lot of stuff was hidden in the other rooms behind closed doors. I should have taken pictures of my snack buffet table, before everything got eaten!