Just some of my favorite organizing tips:
- Open the mail over the shredder or recycling bin, and get rid of the junk immediately. Pay the bills and take care of all correspondence. This forces you to make quick and definitive decisions so nothing piles up in your hallway or anywhere else
- Keep each kid's tests, drawings and papers in a large plastic box, and go through the boxes with your children at the end of each school year. Let each child keep one thing and you keep one thing. File them away in a file marked with that school year/grade. Store each folder in a separate plastic bin for each child.
- Treat organization the same way you would a diet or exercise plan: as a lifestyle change. To maintain results, you have to do a little bit and often. Lists are great to help break down big projects in to more manageable ones.
- Hang two canvas totes, marked with REPAIR and DONATE, from hooks in the laundry room, As you do the laundry sort items that are too-small, worn-out, or snagged into the bags as soon as they come out of the dryer.