How do I live with it? I'm giving up perfection, and reframing my goal of having a perfectly organized home to having a home that is continuously evolving as I continue to work on decluttering and repurposing and creating spaces that contain the tools I need. This keeps me from feeling like I'm failing in this endeavor. Instead, I'm constantly improving! I like that a lot better. Why not try that on for size yourself?
A useful attitude is so important, especially when you are doing long-term projects. There will be ups and downs, starts and stops, steps forward and back. That's just the nature of the beast. No need to dress yourself down! Give yourself medals for your progress, instead.
I need to earn lots of medals, because I'm hoping that next winter we'll start the remodeling in earnest. We'll be downsizing as we convert our downstairs into an apartment. This weekend I'll be doing some strategic planning for the next six quarters, with quantifiable goals emerging from that in the near future. I'll post them to keep myself accountable. You are welcome to post your goals and progress here as well!