I'm prompted to post here by a thread in TAO where a family is living in squalor. No squalor here, but plenty of clutter in this tiny 1 BR cottage where I do my schoolwork, DH has his home eBay business (selling records, books, Cds, etc.) and where us nerds have Tons of books (in bookcases, with only about 4 piles on the floor and on our night tables). What we need to improve (no kids yet, thank God! from a clutter POV...)
Bedroom: laundry never put away but piled high in computer chair and in my under-bed drawer
books piled high on night tables
Kitchen: my desk piled with papers from school, bills, etc. and several file boxes of papers, and a drawer full of them; the area around my desk cluttered with stuff
Livingroom: books and records on the floor, table, couch, etc. We hardly ever eat at the table.
I'm mainly bothered by the trouble my paper clutter causes in terms of bills not paid on time and school papers lost or mishandled, and by the fact that Dh keeps saying that it'll be fine once our house is bigger, which is true, but I don't want it to become an excuse for letting it be cluttered now.
ETA: And a bigger house, although I'd have a real desk with drawers and all and it would help, would NOT solve my paper issues. That has to come from me.
Early intervention specialist and parent consultant since 2002.