To help keep your active home organized + clutter under control, consider establishing these activity center suggestions in the appropriate rooms they're used in with the items that you need in each location. As always, change as needed according to your / family needs.
Contact / Planning + Scheduling | Kitchen : emergency contact directory, family address book, family calendar, message pad, pens, folder containing take-out menus + restaurant coupons, grocery coupon organizer, planner
Personal Care | Bathroom near sink + mirror : skin care products, shaving tools, cosmetics, hair care tools + products, deodorant
Outdoor Clothing | Living Room / Mud Room near the door : coats, hats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, rain shoes
Home Care | Kitchen / Pantry / Mud Room : mop, broom, vacuum, cleaning tote with tools, cleaning products, replacement light bulbs, cleaning cloths, sponges, scrub brushes, specialty cleaners
Paper Care | Office Area : writing desk, laptop, file box / drawers, pens, paper, checkbook, file folders, hanging files
Greeting Basket / Box | Office Area : stationery, greeting cards, pens, envelopes, stamps, calligraphy markers, calligraphy writing guides, tracing paper
Children's Play Areas | Bedroom / Play Room / Living Room : floor pad / cushion, bins, toys
Reading | Living Room / Bedroom : comfortable chair, reading light, small table for beverage, reading glasses, pillow, highlighters, pens, page markers
Homework | Kids Rooms / Living Room / Dining Room : table, good lighting, pens, markers, paper, reference books
Entertainment | Living Room : TV, remote controls, seating, tables for beverages / snacks
Fix-It | Garage / Shop / Carport : workbench, lighting, toolbox, hardware organizers, on-hand hardware items, phillips screwdriver, flat head screwdriver, hammer, tape measure, level
Laundry | Laundry Room : washing machine, dryer, folding space, stain pre-treatment, detergent, peroxide (or bleach), extra hangers, expandable drying rack (if not able to have a clothes line outside)
Arts + Crafts | Office Area : workspace, lighting, supplies storage bins/organizers, paints, paper, glue, embellishments, hot glue gun, extra glue sticks, assorted paintbrushes, markers, crayons, scissors, tape, art paper
Mending | Laundry Room / Office Area : sewing machine, iron, ironing board, sewing tools, fabrics, supplies, sewing needles, thread in basic colors of white, black, navy, brown, small jar of collected extra buttons
Wrap Mail | Office Area : mailing boxes, postal scale, gift wrap, ribbon, gift tags, scissors, tape, pens, marking pen
These basic centers are just a suggestion to help you get your every day tasks done easier by providing everything you need to get it done in the area that you'll likely be tackling it. The key to keeping organized is a place for everything + everything in its place.
If you get things done in a different location, make it work for you with the space you have. Not everyone has an extra room to dedicate for an office area + that's ok, just make your space work for you by utilizing it to the best of your ability to make it easier on you. If you have everything you need to get a task done, you are able to get it done with near zero stress. Who doesn't want more of that?!
[adapted from House Works book by Cynthia Townley Ewer (no longer in print)]