Here are your new best friends: personal junk baskets. They are placed in a high traffic area, and anyone straightening the house puts strewn items there. Then, the basket is taken into the room where the junk can be unloaded.
I have been called a label junkie, yes, but this project needs labels. They are personal baskets after all. I needed to make some cute ones inexpensively. The paper stock is the back of a colored index card. I found packs of scrapbook style letters in the dollar bins at Wal-mart. I gave them a "laminated" finish, by wrapping them in packing tape. That's right, I'm cheap.
The baskets came from the Dollar Tree. I like the look of them. When my family is using them as we should, they function extremely well. Even my four-year-old helps put items in.
I've wanted to make these baskets for a while, but another blogger beat me to the crafting punch. I like the way she places them on the stairs. Check out her post about the baskets and doggie-proofing the stairs at http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2010/05/tool-time-tuesdaypvc-time-again.html. Here's a pic of her work. Blessings!