With of the biggest challenges couples and families face is CLUTTER, both dealing with it and avoiding it. But, 
according to experts, there’s really no need to stress over "mess”, especially if you learn how to clean up your 
act, BEFORE it gets out of control

1. Front and Center

Deal with items such as loose change, keys, mail, etc. right at the front door. Consider a console or nearby shelf on the wall on which to place things neatly and out of the way. And, don’t forget to sort mail immediately tossing anything you’d consider junk (though that doesn’t include bills).

2. Book Ban
Get rid of old books and magazines that are piling up on the table, nightstand, or on the office or living room
floor .Consider donating books to hospitals , hospices , nursing homes or to your local library. You can donate magazines to your local salon, doctor’s or dentist’s office. Organize books and magazines you intend to keep on 
shelves or in a smart magazine file.

3.Counter Countertop Clutter

Make it a "ritual” to clear off tabletops and countertops when you are finished using them or before you retire for the evening. And, don’t let things pile up. Also make sure to have a safe storage spot for remotes and think about getting a universal one to program most of your entertainment systems, limiting the confusion and the clutter.

4. Fun And Games
No doubt children want and need toys, but they certainly don’t need to have Them "everywhere”. Make sure you 
clean up after really small children or help youngsters clean up after themselves. Have a designated play area in your home and a storage crate to hold the essentials… and think about color-coding each crate for each child.

5. Take A Load Off Doing The Laundry 
Make sure everyone knows to put their clothes in a hamper (not on the floor) when they are dirty or when they take them off. And, make sure you separate whites, darks, and colors beforehand. Finally, consider doing a load of laundry in small increments, before each basket is full, to avoid laundry overload.

6. Learn To Bottle Things Up
Open bags can take up lots of space and simply look messy. Consider instead storing chips, nuts, etc. in pretty glass (or plastic) containers that can be moved from room to room, offer airtight storage, can easily be stored or displayed.

7. Stop Playing Hide And Seek With Your Hardware 
Instead of rummaging through boxes, drawers, etc. for the necessary, nut, bolts and screwdrivers, consider investing in a pegboard. You can buy a sheet at your local hardware store and hang it on an "inconspicuous” wall, then purchase the accompanying accessories designed to help you organize.

By: Jason Flintstone: LIFamilies.com – 
Family community for Long Island, NY