As we have mentioned on the blog before, one thing that we have learned over the years is that organization doesn't have to be beautiful.
Nothing against Martha Stewart, but the perfectly arranged craft tins and color coordinated closets that are sometimes pictured aren't practical for many people to maintain. If your organization system is functional and allows you to to live in organizational harmony, I think that is most important than looking perfect.
I want to share one example of this in my house. If you look at my staircase, I always have things at the top and at the bottom of the stairs. It helps me make sure things are "in motion" to their appropriate places instead of letting them get cluttered in the wrong area of the house.
I snapped a shot of what this might look like on a normal day:
Another benefit to this system is remembering things to take "out of the house". My bottom step always contains the stuff that needs to leave. I tend to be forgetful, so if I know I am going to a friend's house and need to drop off that book I borrowed or a recipe, etc., I always make sure it is in sight on my step the week before it needs to go. That way, I take a quick glance and can just 'grab and go' without running all over the house trying to find it, or worse, forgetting it.
What things do you do to stay organized that aren't necessarily forms of "pretty" organization?