This is a strategy I picked up years ago. I can't even remember where I read/learned about it. I just know it works so it has become a good habit of mine.
"Touch Things Once". That means don't set things aside to put them up later. Put them up now.
Lets apply this principle to everyday life:
Handling the mail:
Scenario two: You grab the mail on the way in from running errands. Mail has to be judged worthy to get into my house. You stand at the trash can in the garage and immediately toss out the junk mail. You open up the bills and throw away the junk mail in the bills. You put the bills in the bill spot. The bill gets paid. You are a hero.
Scenario two: You finished eating supper. You pick up your dish and put it straight into the dishwasher which is started after the meal is done. Cue angelic music.
Scenario two: You stand at the dryer and fold and hang the clothes directly from the dryer. The doorbell rings. You close the dryer. It's your nosy neighbor who stays way too long talking about absolutely nothing. You excuse yourself for a moment and turn the dryer on fluff. The buzzer goes off and you say you must get back to the clothes. The neighbor leaves. You smile and get back to folding clothes. Everyone has wrinkle free clothes. Your husband looks so great in his wrinkle free clothes that he gets a huge raise. Well, OK... I may be stretching it a bit here... but it COULD happen.
The second scenarios result in peace. It is a simple thing but produces so much. I had to walk around telling myself "Touch Things Once" for several weeks before I got the habit down.