I am hardly qualified to contribute to this meme. However, I thought I would share a few things that I have done and then direct you to the "experts":
1- This year I have purchase a sweater size Rubbermaid type container and have put each child's school things in them. I will include a pencil bag with everyday essentials in it as well for them to keep their pencils, scissors, glue, etc.
2-We keep a book case in he dining room which holds essential reference books: dictionary, concordance, bibles, etc.
3-We have implemented an evening pick up where everyone is assigned a room and they will check the floors and "hot zones" (couch, unused surfaces, etc.) for clutter and will quickly take of it.
4-We have had a big problem with lost socks and finding socks laying around the house. I have given my 3 youngest boys (6,7,8 years) a laundry bag just to put their socks into. This has actually worked very well and we rarely find any socks laying around anymore (and we have less mismatched socks!)
A few sites I have enjoyed reading on this topic are:
Excellent support for those needing to get rid of chaos and welcome peace and order.
Year Long "Spring" Cleaning Schedule:
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