Between now and the end of the year I’ll be offering suggestions for ways to bring order to areas of your home where clutter may persist in returning.
Keep your kitchen for food preparation instead of having it do double- (or triple-) duty as your home office or craft space.
Food preparation, cooking, and cleaning up crumbs and spills is challenging enough without worrying over the papers and projects in the way of those messy tasks. And, when you go to clean up the kitchen, you won't be adding the unassociated (and time-consuming) task of paper management.
If you have your office in the corner of the kitchen, make it clear that this is your office space. So, no reaching into the cabinet over your desk for a jar of spaghetti sauce. Keep everything associated with your home office in this space - the stapler, files, inbox, etc.
It will be easier to keep both your kitchen and office space organized when the two spaces don't meld.
If your home office isn't in the kitchen, but papers still collect here, set up a box or basket to limit papers to this one spot - and empty it regularly, bringing the contents to your home office.
Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.