Place items into the various categories as you carry out the organization portion of the Big Clean. Once you have finished a room, take the items to the master "organization station", where you can combine items from every room. You could also put things directly where they belong if you have already organized the place where they live. Here is what my "Organization Station" looks like (and probably will for the next month...)
|It's not pretty, but you get the idea!|
The final basket is for things to "sort". The trick here is to keep on top of this throughout the day. As misplaced items from one room end up in the basket, take them with you when you make a trip to the room where they do belong. This way, you should be able to keep on top of these items throughout the day. To be honest, I haven't been very good about keeping on top of this so far. I figure that once I have a room in tip top shape, I can take take a quick look through the "sort" basket, then take items to their newly organized home!
You can either let "throw away" items build up throughout the
|This is all the trash....from upstairs.|