Do you have toy jail at your house? We do (ours is the top of the fridge, not nearly as cute as the one pictured).
Toy Jail is where toys go that are naughty, you know, the ones that loaf about in inappropriate places. Whenever we find a toy underfoot, or left on the dining room table, or on the stairs waiting to trip someone, the naughty toy goes off to jail for an unspecified amount of time; once in custody truly unpleasant or incorrigible toys are often transferred directly from jail to the dread goodwill bag.
The children hate seeing their toys in jail and will pick up after one another which spares us all from the "not me" syndrome.
While searching for a toy jail pic I found the most tempting e-store, Blueberry Forest. We don't need new toys, but if we did . . .
Anyway, back to topic: What are your tricks for keeping the house tidy?