If you’re an organizing junkie, you’ll be very familiar with the term “like with like.”
This organizing concept simply means that items should be sorted and grouped together into meaningful categories that make sense to you.
To put this organizing principle in play for yourself, group like items together – then determine where and how these items are used. Place items nearest to where they are used to save time, energy and effort. AND – put them back when you finish using them!
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Want some practice?
- your junk drawer (or some other SMALL storage container) that is currently unorganized.
- a pillowcase
- a small throw or sheet
Now get busy!
(Depending on the size of the drawer you choose, you can get through this simple exercise within about 10 minutes.)
- Grab a pillowcase and dump your drawer contents inside it.
- CLEAN out the drawer so it’s ready for your new organized stuff.
- Spread a sheet or small throw out on your floor.
- Dump your drawer contents out and begin sorting items on the sheet. Categories will likely begin to form. The categories aren’t as important as how you see things match up.
- Keep matching until you’re done.
- Throw away all the items you no longer need.
- Now, figure out a name for the categories you’ve created.
- Find a home for each category. Should this item still live in the place it was found? Should it relocate to a new home?
What tips do you have to categorize and organize your items? Please share your wisdom and productivity ideas in the comment box below for others!