My grandmother lived through the depression so she held on to everything: the old toaster, photographs, letters, magazines, and books. But, you would never know it. Her home was immaculate. Everything was stored out of sight in neat stacks on cupboard shelves.
Years later, I found myself homeschooling. None of the homeschooling books I read mentioned the piles of papers, books, textbooks, art supplies, and completed projects that quickly took over my home. Gone was order. Chaos took root with piles of papers and books everywhere.
I decided that I needed to take some action. I started with purchasing additional bookcases. Every book and textbook had a home shelve. I also left one shelf empty for the books we'd be using the current school year. When we moved to a new home, we added even more bookcases. I divided our books into topics. Several shelves were devoted to geography, several to apologetics, and several to Bible. With great delight, I had three bookshelves to fill with my historical living books and historical fictions, so I filled them in order from Creation to Modern Times. What fun we had over the years looking for books in historical order. We even had fun figuring out where books should go.
Now, it was on to the piles of papers and other things.
The first thing I did was to purchase some inexpensive clear plastic drawer sets. Each of my children got their own drawer to store their papers, books, notebooks, and folders. They just pulled their drawer out and took the whole drawer to the dining room to start their school work each morning.
These drawers were such a big help to keeping clutter under control. We stopped having schoolwork strewn around the house. Now everyone had a place to put their school work.