Work the room
Integrating a desk into your living room can solve a variety of organizing challenges. Use it as a bill-paying center, a place where the kids can do homework and still feel part of the action, or a general workstation, whether you're planning a vacation or making a grocery list. But whatever you do, don't let it become a catchall, allowing mail and other pieces of paper to pile up on the surface. On this desk (right) cubbyholes are used to sort bills; other papers are kept in decorative storage boxes. Above, floating shelves turn rows of books into an attractive display.