With an active toddler running around the house most of the day, I found that toys and other items just magically appeared on the living room and kitchen floors. We spend the majority of our time in this area and the mess would often get out of control. I didn’t always have the chance to put every item back exactly where it needed to go at the time and it started to get frustrating for me.
This month I decided to keep a large basket in the living room area. I call it my “catch-all basket.” When I have a few minutes here and there, I quickly toss every stray item I possibly can that does not belong on the floor into this basket. Later when I have some free time, I go through the basket and put everything away where it belongs.
This method has worked very well for me and has tamed the clutter. Have company coming over soon? No problem! Just throw everything into the basket and place the basket out of sight!