Here are some of Winston's suggestions from her book, "The Organization Principle" (Warner Books, 256 pages, $4.95): Paper
Paper falls into three categories: to be thrown away, to be acted upon and to be filed. What doesn't go into the wastebasket should go into one of four files marked To Do, To File, Financial or Spouse (if you have one).
Once papers are sorted, act on the items in the To-Do folder. Sort reference material in the To-File folder into a more extensive filing system that includes categories such as health, entertainment, travel or correspondence. Handle the Financial folder once a month, and discuss items in the Spouse folder with your husband or wife. Storage
Pick a closet or cabinet to organize, and work on one small section at a time. For example, concentrate for an hour today on two shelves, and pick up two more shelves tomorrow.
When weeding out items ask yourself, "Have I used this article in the past year and/or does it have sentimental or monetary value to me?" If the answer is no, ask the clincher: "Might it come in handy some day ?" If that is the only reason you're keeping something, put it into a "throwaway" or "giveaway" box. That phrase almost always shows that you are hanging onto clutter.
If you tend to misplace odds and ends like doorkeys and glasses put a hook near the door or keep a small bowl for these items on a table near the entrance.
Put as many pieces of clothing as possible on hangers. Arrange your closet with sections for the top half of the body (shirts, blazers, sweaters), the bottom half of the body (slacks, skirts), the whole body (dresses, men's suits) and special-occasion wear.
Allocate storage space. Avoid infringing on your partner's turf or trying to organize your partner's things .
Store things as close as possible to the place where they are used. Time
Purchase and use a day-by-day appointment calendar, a pocket-size notebook to jot down errands and other tasks, and a daily To-Do list.
Each morning or evening list 10 things to do that day, compiled from items in the notebook. Mark each item with a 1 for high priority, 2 for medium urgency and 3 for least urgency. Mark on your calendar the To-Do tasks that only can be performed at specific hours, and reserve two hours a week devoted strictly to projects marked 3. Kitchen
Put dirty spoons and small implements on a little tray especially curved to hold spoons, teabags and other small messy items.
Organize your refrigerator like any other cabinet, keeping frequently used items closest at hand, and grouping together similar foods such as different types of cheeses. Select a particular spot for leftovers so you will notice them before they spoil.
Hang large pots, pans and baskets from a ceiling fixture. Put hooks on the underside of kitchen cabinets for cups, mugs and small gadgets.
Alphabetize spices on a spice rack. Utilize convenient space-savers like knife holders, paper-bag holders and paper-towel holders. Safety Valves
Counter your tendency to let clothes or other items drop anywhere by assigning a "junk chair" on which you can throw anything you don't feel like putting away. Putting all the clutter in one place keeps things under control. Clear it off at least once every three days.
Assign a "junk drawer" for things you don't feel like sorting immediately. Clean it out weekly.