Photo: Sam Kaplan

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2. Peter Says...
"And when you open this wonderful door, I don't want to see piles of mail."

If your entry table is a dumping ground for catalogs, receipts and credit card offers, replace this dispiriting detritus with a single lovely bowl or glass ashtray for keys—which you will never again lose. As for your mail, I suggest you take it into the kitchen. In stacking letter trays, create one pile for items that require action, like bills, and another for invitations and school reminders. Recycle the rest immediately, before it has a chance to take over your kitchen counter.