The Living Well Spending Less blog has a neat idea to tidy up and organise those misplaced objects that clutter up your home: designate one collection zone, or individual collection baskets for each person, and dump it all there.
Here's the concept:
Pick up any items lying around the living area, including any clutter that has collected on tables or shelves. Throw away garbage or papers that are no longer needed. Place remaining items in appropriate baskets for each family, or collect in a single basket to be put away. Consider creating a permanent collection zone somewhere in your home — either at the front entrance, near the stairs, or in a corner of the living room. Use your basket or baskets to collect any items that would normally get left lying around.
This little change in your house's layout could be all you need to ensure that things don't get lost when they are misplaced, since everything will always be in the Collection Zone. But make sure you designate a weekly slot where every member of the house has to go through the Collection Zone to identify and put back their stuff, or it goes in the garbage!
How to Clean Your Living Space [Living Well Spending Less]