Laundry baskets as trip-packing and present-wrapping organizers
Sara shared this excellent organizing tip -- ideal for holiday travel and gift prep:
In the week or so leading up to a trip, I get out one or two of our spare laundry baskets and set them in our bedroom and J.'s bedroom. As I think of things we need to take/pack, I just toss them into the basket. Sometimes I'll even make lists and toss the list into basket, to be filled at a later date. It's a great way break the job of packing into small steps. When the time to finish packing comes, I've got half of the work already done and am less likely to forget anything.
I'll also use laundry baskets for short-term projects like Christmas presents that need to be wrapped (toss presents and wrapping supplies into the basket, then when it's time to wrap you know you've got most of what you need), party supplies, etc.