So the corner seen here should now be clean, right? (This was the picture day after Christmas: four boxes of miscellaneous "memorabilia")
Well, that's where the one step forward comes into play. In those bountiful hours in the garage, many bins were opened, examined, cataloged, and shifted about. I got to visit most of my fabric-based UFOs and project boxes; put them all in one place. (There are 9 bins, in case you are keeping count. Year-long goal to have fewer of them by the end of 2012.)
Baby steps: those papers didn't accumulate in a day, and they won't get cleaned up in a day either. There's still a pile in the corner, but it is part of my overall decluttering process.