I think the key is targeting your efforts on specific areas which Suzanne aptly called "blind spots" where clutter inevitably accumulates. For some people it's the table in the front entrance, for others it's the bathroom floor, in my home it was a section on the kitchen countertop where items that needed to go into the recycling bin just sat and accumulated... This area on my kitchen counter became a pit stop between our kitchen and our garage. One day, I took a few minutes to assess the situation and realized the only reason junk accumulated there was because neither of us wanted to go into the garage every day. So I decided to get a big storage bin and stick it inside my lower cabinets, directly underneath this "blind spot" on our countertop. Now, instead of accumulating junk on the counter for all to see, it secretly accumulates in a bin hidden behind closed doors which we empty out once a week. A few minutes of contemplation spared me hours of annoyance and aggravation!
In keeping with the spirit of spring cleaning, I thought I would post a few neat tricks (pun intended) you may want to try in your own home.
Happy Hump Day!
Make good use of those plastic bread bag tags! via Apartment Therapy