I can remember the years (I'm sure my mother can too!) when I was not the least bit organized. It was this way in our first few years of marriage too.
I like to think that it (disorganization) all goes along with being a creative thinker. The truth is, having a large(r) family has wooed and coerced me into organization until I've gotten to the point I'm at now. I love organization! It makes my life easier!
Now, I'm sure I have farther to go. I sort of learn as I live what works best for our family and you should too.
I remember once reading an organizational book that advised to label each bin in your attic with a number and to put the coordinating number in a little notebook, alongside which one was to write the contents of the box. I did it. But then the contents of the boxes changed with seasons and with life and I realized this was the LEAST best way for me to organize my boxes. Just because something works great for another family, doesn't mean it will work well for yours. And that nugget of wisdom can be applied to discipline, homeschooling, family rules, mealtimes, etc.
What does work for our family? Big clear plastic bins with lids. A pack of inexpensive sticky white labels and a pen. One bin for girls infant clothing, one for size 12-24 mos clothing, one for boy clothing size 4, and so on. Each bin has a white label on the side with the size and gender. They stack easily, close tightly, and I can see what is inside at a glance. Boy bins are stacked to the right in the attic, girls to the left.
A to-do list is one of my favorite home organization helps. I make a computer list with the weekly menu and grocery list, an overall "to-do" list for the week of things I need to get done, a homeschool list of activities to do with the kiddos, and a honey-do list of things around the house that need Sean. He asked me to do this as I didn't want to nag and so I wouldn't mention things more than once. This way, he can check it out as he has time and I don't feel forgotten. :)
Another great idea is to organize your home so that your children can be as much of a help as possible. Our everday dishes are kept in a hutch in the dining room where the kids can grab them to set the table or place them as they come out of the dishwasher. The family closet, too, has made putting away and taking out clothing a quicker activity because it such a kid friendly system.
What systems or nuggets of wisdom have you found regarding organization? I'd love to hear them....