After simply feeling discouraged and doing nothing about it for about seven years (hyperbole folks... well, maybe hyperbole), I did something.
I sold my living room furniture on Craig's list. It sold in a day. I probably didn't ask enough for it.
Now I have no living room furniture. A piano still resides in there, and some bookshelves, an old leather recliner in the corner, and various occasional tables. And exposed cords from the lamps, and a whole bunch of Theophonics sound equipment.
My house is uglier than ever.
I am very sad.
And this is why de-cluttering does not work for me. I always get rid of the wrong things.