How to Organize the Family Command Center
Let Contents Be Your Guide
Think Outside the Box
We all love the look of neat, uniform boxes, but the truth is, they work best for long-term storage. Binders are a better
choice for those ever evolving collections of paper, like decorating ideas or recipes, and they can hide in a magazine holder.
To buy: Linen magazine box, $39, rh.com.
Analyze and Customize
What’s cluttering up your paper life? Maybe your preschooler produces 10 drawings a day. Perhaps your teen gets a torrent
of college mail. Stash excess papers in a deep, open bin on an easily accessible shelf.
Stash High and Low
Stow critical items, like passports, birth certificates, and deeds, in a box marked personal documents and keep it on a high
shelf. (You might want to use a metal firebox.) File office-supply staples, like computer paper, folders, and envelopes, within
easy reach in slotted container with pullout trays.
To buy: Kvissle letter tray, $20, ikea.com.