31 Days of Organizing: Day 5 (Like With Like) | From Overwhelmed to Organized: 31 Days of Organizing: Day 5 (Like With Like)

Friday, October 5, 2012

31 Days of Organizing: Day 5 (Like With Like)

Welcome to Day Five of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing ideas that I've found around the web that I love and that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized. 

You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

Today's tip is to group like items together when you organize.  This is a great method to help you move from overwhelmed to organized!

Grouping like with like helps you find what you're looking for quickly, rather than searching for things you've stored in different places.  It also helps you see how much you have of a particular item so you know when to stock up or when you have too much of an item.

Grouping like with like saves you time and money.  Who couldn't use more of each of those?

Here are some ideas for inspiration:

1.  Playrooms:  group balls, cars, blocks, and stuffed animals.

Source:  http://mommyofgg.blogspot.ca/2012/01/play-room-organization.html

2.  Junk drawer:  group tools, pens, scissors, and stamps.
Source:  http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/tips-techniques/storage-ideas-small-spaces-00100000067344/page2.html

3.  Medicine cabinet:  group bandaids, cough drops, medications and ointments.

Source: http://www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2011/10/14/storing-and-organizing-your-prescriptions/

4.  Fridge/freezer:  group fruits, vegetables, lunch items, and condiments.

Source:  http://askannamoseley.com/2012/04/spring-cleaning-fridge-freezer/

5.  Pantry:  group side dishes, pasta, soup, and cereal.

Source: http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2012/09/home-organization-101-week-3-pantry.html

Please pin any of these pictures from the original source and not from this post.  Thanks :)

These examples show how much easier it is to find what you're looking for and know how much you have of something when they are grouped together with other similar items.

For Day Five, go back to your organizing project that you chose earlier this week and look at the items you decided to keep after you de-cluttered.  Look at all your items, determine the best categories, and group like items with each other.

Tomorrow I'll be talking about containers to put these groups of items in.  One of my favourite topics :)

And just a reminder that as the series progresses, I'll be sharing tips for various organizing challenges.  Feel free to leave a comment with any particular areas you'd like me to cover.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

Do you normally group similar items with each other?  Which area of your house lends itself best to this step in organizing?  What is the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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