How to Organize the Family Command Center
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.