How to Organize the Family Command Center
Ditch the Metal Drawers
As Coach Cordelli points out, most home filing cabinets are stuffed with documents that people no longer need. Have trouble purging? Get a gizmo called NeatReceipts ($200, neat.com) and scan anything you’re touchy about tossing.
Color-Code Your Life
In a portable acrylic file box, set up folders for different categories or family members. Label them in the way that makes the most sense to you: perhaps bills, work, play, keepsakes. For kids, school, sports, social. This is your go-to for floating papers—and the first place to look for that misplaced permission slip.
To buy: Acrylic desktop file (shown), $25, containerstore.com.
Befriend the Shredder
A slim, shelf-size model makes it easy to part with sensitive items you don’t need anymore.
To buy: Black & Decker six-sheet crosscut shredder (shown), $50, amazon.com.