I am an organizational freak and my number one rule would be to DECLUTTER!
Go through every drawer, every closet, every storage area and get rid of anything and everything that you don't use, have never or rarely used, will not use in the future, is broken, is a duplicate of another item, etc. Try to do one area a week, so not to be overwhelmed. For every new thing you bring into the house, try to get rid of/donate at least two. Take the emotion out of it and be brutal about it ... people get sentimental over the stupidest things (I've worked as an organizer and though people say they want to get organized, they let their emotions rule and most part with nearly nothing).
Before you buy any bins, containers, cutesy boxes or anything, PURGE! Only spend $ on containers (if you find you ultimately truly need them) when you've gone through the process and know what you are planning to keep/store.
at 1:31 PM on May. 7, 2013