Last night, I counted a victory.
I was able to take a few minutes and clean off our dining room table.
It has always been a dumping ground for items that did not need to be taken care of immediately. Hopefully, this will soon be remedied by a "Command Center" with places specifically for the mail (divided between me and my husband), cork board for upcoming events, a family calendar, and a notebook with quarterly home improvement projects and art projects for Samuel.
Once this is set up, I hope that it will stop us from putting a lot of stuff on the counter as well.