Family Life Simplifying: Editing Life

To get organized, put like things together.

March 29, 2019
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You can do this, one step at a time. All those things scattered all over your house? Put like things together and the stuff of your life will be much easier to sort, store, and use!

Groups of things are easier to find, easier to corral. It is easier to get rid of excess if you know what you really own. For instance, corral photos in these storage boxes from Amazon.

Pioneer Photo Storage Boxes, Holds Over 1,100 Photos Up To 4-6 Inches Photo Album-Sage Green

Even I can get overwhelmed when I think of all the clutter and projects.

I admit it. With health issues forcing me to rest more often, I can’t seem to do the big projects quickly anymore. Just a few years ago, I could empty a room, clean it, paint it, and replace everything in one day, sometimes by myself. Where is that girl? She left when fibromyalgia showed up. Or maybe, she regained her sanity.

We moved into our house a couple of years ago, and we are still trying to unpack and organize.

When we moved, we started with the big things. First we cleaned, repaired, painted, and addressed the flooring and lighting. As we worked on our new place, we considered storage. Before placing rugs or large furniture, I labeled closets and storage so I could find things later. After moving a couple dozen times as a military wife, I had the method down.

On this last move, just as I always do, I walked around and chose locations for the stuff of life, so we could put like things together.

Out of season clothing, important paperwork and files, tools,  holiday décor, lightbulbs and house stuff, and an everything drawer for the small items like tape, rubberbands, batteries, a Sharpie and a flashlight. Then there are the vacuum and its tools, beach towels and sunscreen, our work out gear, our music, and gardening stuff. Coats, outdoor activities, photo albums.

Everything needs a place, so it doesn’t pile up in heaps on your floors, under the beds, by the front  door, or in corners. 

Put like things together. That is where to start. I like clear storage so I can see quickly what is inside. I don’t like to hunt for things when I need them, don’t want to buy something I already have either.

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I learned a lot from this book on clutter and storage..

Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff: The Q. U. I. C. K. Way to Bring Lasting Order to Household Chaos

Number one best storage and organizing advice I ever read was “put like things together”. It came from the book Cut The Clutter And Stow The Stuff (above).

Just do it. Put like things together. You will see you don’t need another whatsit or doohickey. You already have one. You will also be able to find one whatever when you need it.

Put each thing and its related items in one spot.

I want to fit what we actually use into an organized useful space. What is the point of having anything you can’t find or use? As I go, what I need to do is reduce the amount of stuff, so I can better use the closets I have. But that is the overwhelming part, so I am doing it a little at a time.

Like things together, one step at a time.

The “office closet” and crafts/art supplies need attention.

First, the “office” closet is a mess. We no longer have an office, so we stuffed all the accoutrement into a small closet and open it carefully to get out the stapler, lightbulbs, to be filed, stamps, or shredder. It has evolved into a dangerous endeavor.

Don’t open that door without supervision.

Art supplies to make thing things with my grands are scattered. I need them in one place.

This cart needs a home at my house! I am going to store my grandkid art supplies, crafts, and fun projects in this cart.

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Honey-Can-Do Rolling Storage Cart and Organizer with 12 Plastic Drawers

No one ever has enough closets, but we all have to  use what we have or build more right?. Reduce your stuff, less need for more closets.

Most big jobs require the same method. Break the job into smaller parts. Divide the work, prioritize, knock it out.

I am going to empty the closets I have chosen for this project. Sort, toss, shred, donate, relocate, and then with an orderly organized method, place the items that we are keeping back in the chosen location.

Got some inspiration from these items. Think I will hang this on the back of the door for quick paper sorting. Choose your favorite storage item.

Hanging Wall Organizer,WishAcc Wall Mount/Over The Door Office Supplies Storage Mail Organizer for Notebooks,Planners,File Folders – 4 Pockets Deep Gray

General storage should be clear so I can see the items in the box or bin.

I would put envelopes, stamps, stapler, tape, pens, clips, and a hole punch in these. I also made one for hanging pictures with a hammer and different size picture hangers. I put some in my camper for coffee cups and coffee. 

mDesign Stackable Plastic Home Office Storage Organizer Container with Handles for Cabinets, Drawers, Desks, Workspace – BPA Free – for Pens, Pencils, Highlighters, Notebooks – 6″ Wide, 4 Pack – Clear

I love these ! 

I also need to corral pens, sharpies, scissors, and things that could stand up  a cup.

Isaac Jacobs 4-Compartment Clear Acrylic Organizer- Makeup Brush Holder- Storage Solution- Office, Bathroom, Kitchen Supplies and More (Clear)


Like things together. One step at a time. One closet at a time.

How about one shelf at a time? Ok that doesn’t sound so bad. I can start with just a shelf.

Barefoot and organizing,


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