So I'm doing something about it. I went to Pinterest last night and got a few "how to declutter your house" guides. (Note: in searching Pinterest for this, don't do a keyword search for "purge" lest you will be thought by the site to be a bulimic.)
Today was day 1. I spent about 30 minutes to an hour cleaning out 2 drawers in the kitchen. One
I figured since I was purging and decluttering, I should take the opportunity to clean the drawers as well. So I took my sponge and all-purpose cleaning spray and wiped them down. I washed the sorter for the silverware (yuck!) and decided to replace the contact paper in one drawer and put some down in the other.
My arbitrary goal was to purge 10 items, and I successfully achieved it. What I think was the bigger achievement was what this led me to do. I was so inspired by my success in the two drawers that I decided to wipe down the counters. Then scour the sink. Then the windowsill above the sink. Then de-grime the dish drainer (quite a project in itself). I was on a roll.
If this is how my entire month of purging ends up, I will be thrilled.