5. Assess your stuff! This is a biggie, you have got to take stock of what you have. When I go into a clients home one of the first things I do is photograph. I take pics of everything, seeing each piece separately gives me a clearer vision of what needs to happen. When I am redoing my own home I still photograph everything. Sounds crazy, right? For me, the pics give me distance from items that I "see" every day and this allows me to be more creative so I can honestly assess my needs. These pics can also help you clear away unnecessary clutter, you can pile your pics into keep or give away stacks!