Try to have an empty drawer or cabinet in each of your rooms. This way, when you need to tidy up quickly and don't have time to properly organize the things that have accumulated on your counters, you can slip them in this "back up" drawer. Remember to allot time in the next week (put it on your calendar) to organize those things into their proper homes so that you again have an empty drawer. Having a junk drawer in each room is NOT the goal!!!
Steph has been organizing for over ten years. Her simple tips here can help you get and keep organized and add calm to your life.