One of the things I need to do before I'm ready to build a house is simplify. I've got a lot of accumulated junk — physical and mental, real and virtual — that I need to sort through, decide what is important, and get rid of the rest.
As far as the virtual goes, I need to simplify the tools I use: the software I use to maintain my web site and blog, the tools I use to process e-mail, and so forth.
As far as real goes, I need to get rid of actual physical objects: things I don't use, things I don't need to need to use.
The mental is much harder, but probably more necessary.