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What we're sharing here, dear readers, is a bit of an embarrassment. But we'll push our shame aside in the spirit of this month's organizing and cleaning theme, and we're asking for your help!

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This is our home office/ art studio/ craft room/ mudroom/ dump-spot, as seen mid-cleanup. It's where we enter the house, from the backyard, and it's a mess. We're in a constant state of disarray, piles of magazines and mail litter our desk, shoes clutter up the path to the door and yes, we have a gigantic hole in our ceiling (it leads to the attic crawl space).

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During the week we use the desk as an office space but come Saturday, the desk becomes a work bench and our garden gloves and tools creep in. As we sit writing this, a chainsaw, power drill and reciprocating saw just made their way to the one empty space on the floor....next to the sewing machine and behind our tax files.

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Our goal for this month is to get organized and find a method that works for our everyday real life (not the one we aspire to have)....but we need some ideas. We plan on finding a new, smaller desk and bringing in some file cabinets. But we'd like to know: what tried and true methods do you swear by? Our ears are wide open...