You've come to the right place to learn how to get organized!
Creating a place for everything is a must and ranks right up there with writing yourself to do lists.
"A place for everything and everything in its place" is great if you can accomplish it for the whole house, but at a minimum, you must create a space for the following and utilize it everyday:
Baskets are a great way to help organize your life. Hang storage baskets to keep outgoing bills and a calendar book in. Keep your keys and sunglasses in storage baskets wherever you enter the house so you can plop them down as you walk in.
When it comes to mail, neatness is priority. Don't let it stack up on the counter. File, read, or toss mail as soon as it comes in.
I open my mail over the trash and recycle bins. I don't even look at junk mail or catalogs, they go straight into the trash or recycle bin.
If I've been out running errands and the kids are waiting for me at home with the babysitter, I will open and sort mail in the car before going inside. The kids will never let me open mail when I get home and I risk it cluttering up the counter tops.
Be sure to designate a place for bills. I put bills in what I call the bill drawer that has a calculator, stamps, an address book, envelopes, and a budget book. My budget book is invaluable and you can read more about it under Money Management Tips for Penny Pinchers.
This system of organization will bring order to your life. You won't waste time looking for daily necessities like your keys and important papers. The bills will never be late again and you'll avoid those late fees and additional stress.
Take these great tips on how to get organized and apply them to your own life to save a lot of time, money, and restore sanity.