and everything in its place. You have been told it a million times but it is true. My mother used to complain to me all of the time that I left clutter all over the house (funny, now I give her organization advice). She even had some half walls removed from the house because I was putting things on them and it drove her crazy. The reality is, I didn't have a specific place for my clutter, so I found places, and obviously they weren't the places that my mother liked.
Does everyone in your house have a place to put their "clutter"? My kids have this great set of hooks on their level in our wash room (I got mine at Ikea for less than $10.00 I think). During school, the back packs hang there. Over the Summer, their purses were ready and waiting there with sunglasses and water bottles.
I have four hooks installed above the kids stuff for my purses, and my husband has a designated area on the shelving for his work bag (no hook could hold his one ton laptop bag).
Want less clutter? Give everyone a place for their things, and you may not have to remove any walls in your house!