There are a lot of sources and information for purging, books, websites, blogs, videos, etc. I don’t think any way is the right or wrong way, you simply must choose what works for you. I do think that it isn’t as hard as people make it out to be, what makes it hard is being able to part with your items. Material things oftentimes represent something more emotional or sentimental and we as humans grow attached. I personally wanted to try to help remove myself from this attachment. I want to only be surrounded by the things that are useful to me and the items that I love. I want to look at an item and have it spark a memory, not think, oh I got that at a home goods store.
For me it has become simple. Does it have a purpose? Do I use it? If not, have I used it in the last couple of month? Or will I use it in the upcoming months? If the answer is no, I more than likely do not need it. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule; however, for the most part I find it to be true.
So, you do this with everything that you own. You will come up with three piles: keep, trash, donate. What happens then is you must organize what is left. Everything should have a home and when not in use it should live in this home. The more this actually happens the easier everything becomes. It takes less time to clean, you do not have clutter and you always know where it is. I would say this is the most beneficial step and one that will make all of the purging worth it.