Our spot is our dining room table. It just collects everything. The mail gets put there, any bags of stuff we buy gets put there, Library books go there, stuff that needs attention (ironically) goes there, stuff K doesn't want S to get goes there, my camera stays there, stuff that doesn't necessarily have a home goes there until we figure out where it goes or we can't see the top of the table at all.
ARGGHH!!(channeling Charlie Brown there)
Sometimes if people are coming over and I need to clean ASAP, the stuff goes into bags and shoved somewhere until they leave.
But life just happens and I can't keep up with it. I just don't think you can get by without some spot in your house where you can dump stuff. I know some people have a bin or a basket or a box but that's still a dumping spot. If any of you can do it... please.... tell me how to make it stop.