Forget about big organizing overhauls. (Who has the energy?) The slow-and-steady approach is much more effective for time-pressed moms. Tackle just a couple of our 30 super-simple projects: that pile of jumbled cords in the family room today, the overflowing drawer of cooking utensils tomorrow. You'll be inspired by the day-to-day results, and within a month you'll see major home improvement.
By Kimberly Fusaro
7. Hang a small shoe organizer on the back of your pantry or kitchen cabinet door, suggests Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Organizer (Storey). Use it to store measuring spoons and other items that go missing in the back of drawers.
8. Outfit the wall next to the back door with a series of hooks hung at different heights for holding stuff your kids would otherwise dump on the floor—like jackets and scarves. 3M Command self-adhesive hooks (amazon.com) come in a variety of finishes and can be pulled down without damaging paint, says Smallin.