Professional organizer Rachel Strisik organized her "To Do" items, notes, and office supplies on a desktop at her home in Bethesda. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

January is the time of year when we all feel that pressing need to get our...stuff together. The National Association of Professional Organizers has even given January the special designation of “Get Organized Month.”

While a perfectly organized space looks and sounds wonderful, let’s face it: the thought of tackling a completely cluttered area can be unappealing and overwhelming. And really, I think when faced with such a situation: who has the time?

Actually, we all do.

Strisik organized her childrens toys in open fabric bins and plastic boxes. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

For more organizing tips, see the Local Living Web chat with Rachel .