It is not easy going from clutter to order when it comes to websites information architecture. It is especially hard when the website holds a lot of relevant information and you cannot get rid of data when you are trimming down the structure of the website.
Let’s take the example of a little renowned website called “Facebook”. When Facebook first originated it had a very simple architecture, and all of the information had been present on one page. There was no personalization and data seemed to be in one place. Over the years there has been refinement in the way data has been presented. I have myself witnessed a few of these changes and I feel like every time there is an update to the way the website is structured, it makes it more inviting and interesting. It does take time to get used to it but the understandability and the functionality of the website increases multiple folds. In my Human Computer Interaction class, we have been taught how important it is to have an organized structure to keep users interacting with the website. For Facebook, de-cluttering has definitely worked. I think a lot of websites can benefit immensely from structuring their websites.
I found a great video on YouTube that shows Facebook through the years. You can access the video through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl7igMfeOvo