Have you ever thought of composting with WORMS?
A couple of years ago I went to a little workshop for Master Gardeners that was devoted to "Composting with Earthworms". It appeared to be VERY easy and a lot better for folks with small yards. The castings from the worms are so rich and so clean that you can use them on your houseplants!
The only thing this gal found objectionable about this process is that these bins will more than likely attract fruit flies. If you keep the worm bins outside, it doesn't really matter. However, these bins can be brought into the garage or basement during the winter. In a sense, this is great because you can compost all winter long. There's no odor...but the fruit flies can be a real problem.
I understand that if you use regular earthworms that you dig up in the garden (rather than red wigglers) they will descend into the ground, below the frozen soil and reappear in the spring when the weather warms up. However, the word is that using garden earthworms is not a good idea as they are just not as effective.
I researched Vermicomposting and came across a wonderful descriptive piece done by the Nebraska Extension Service. It will give you all the information and pictures about how to go about it. Just click on the link above and think about whether this might be a good process for you.