This is how I keep order in our house.
- Analyze clutter. What are the problem areas?
- Create a system for each type of clutter. Everything needs a system.
- If you bring something into your house, it needs a home. A place. If it doesn't have a place, you need to make one or get rid of something else.
This is our designated mail sorting area.
Don't worry - that kitchen wall paper trim will be going away.
One box is for magazines and catalogs. The other is for mail that needs to be sorted or shredded or just kept handy for a while. The boxes had lids, so the clutter can be easily hidden away when we have company.
Here's another view. I put mail that needs our attention (bills to pay, etc.) at the front of the box.
The next shelf has some boxes that I use for storing shopping receipts. They aren't filed. I just put the most recent ones on top.
There's also an accordion style expanding folder. I use this for sorted mail. There's a slot for each month. We file away our paid bills and statements according to month.
On the bottom row, I have a basket that we throw our hats, gloves, and scarves into. Since our house doesn't have a mud room area, this works nicely for keeping our winter accessories in one place.
2010. The year of organization. More to come.