Designated clutter zone
Pegs, buckets, and colored bins (from $11; www.tubtrugs.us) keep the family sane; the shelves are salvaged bleachers. Having this space just off the kitchen helps prevent stuff from
piling up on the dining table.
“Every three weeks, it looks like a bomb went off in here, but once everybody’s on board with the bin and tray system, it works great,” Schneider says.
Kid storage tip: In the battle between closet and floor, floor usually wins. Go for hooks―they’re just too easy not to use.