Be conscious of your prime real estate
Real estate in New York City is expensive, and that is why most apartments are small and have limited kitchen and bedroom storage. With this in mind, I recommend you to think twice what to keep and then where to store your things.
Rule of thumb: 'Prime real estate = easy to reach spaces.'
Here are some examples:
Maybe you love to bake several times a week, and you have enough kitchen counter space. Then leave your Kitchen Aid outside and enjoy it. But if you only bake every other month and also have little counter space, it makes more sense to instead store the Kitchen Aid in one of the bottom cabinets of your kitchen.
Music and movies
For my husband and I, it was doable to give all our CDs and DVDs away and now use services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, etc. But if you love your record collection and your record player - then make room for it. If you have limited space, think about what else you could let go, something you are not that keen about after all.
Try to be conscious about the items you use the most and the spots that are the easiest to reach.
As I mentioned earlier, it is a process. Your decision-making muscles have to grow, and with each item you let go or that you will assign a home, they will get stronger.
Start growing these muscles with categories like clothes, kitchen items or books. They usually have a contained home in cabinets, drawers or shelves and so you can see what the limitations of your space are which makes it easier to understand. It's an excellent way to use the momentum of spring cleaning to start this process.
Go into your kitchen and free your counters from items that you only use once in a while.