Finding Time to Get Organized -- Yes, It Can Be Done!
It sounds like you need a major get-organized session. You're going to love this time management tip: Do not, under any circumstances, try to get organized at the end of a long weekday. Believe it or not, organizational skills require a lot of brainpower—you need to make plenty of decisions—and you're probably drained enough by the time you get home from work, figure out dinner and wrangle the kids into their respective beds.
Instead, schedule a 2-4 hour get-organized session for this weekend. If the kids are little enough to need all your attention, get a babysitter, your mother or your partner (as long as you wouldn't prefer to have his organizational help) to care for them during that time—preferably out of the house!—and then dig down and get the job done. Hey, if you plan it out in advance and choose a time of day when you feel rested and energetic, you might even get organized fast enough to enjoy a glass of Shiraz before your alone time is up. For total efficiency, try putting on some upbeat music and having a friend help you get organized. Once you have actually re-organized your space (the time consuming part), you'll just need to focus on maintenance for about a few minutes per day to put away any clutter that's accumulated that day.
by Julie Morgenstern