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Sunday, April 25th, 2010

It’s almost the end of April–I hope you’ve started your Spring Cleaning for 2010. Although the weather has turned cool today, you’re going to want those sandals, sports equipment and other ‘summer fun’ items at arm’s reach very soon.

So far, I’ve given you four basic organizing principles–here’s number five–the last one you’ll need for Spring Cleaning and Anytime of the Year Cleaning.
Basic Organizing Principle #5:
Group ‘Like with Like.’
Grouping ‘like with like’ helps you to find what you need when you need it. For instance, if all of your daughter’s hair clips were to be grouped together all in one place it would be easier to find the pink Hello Kitty barrette that matches her pink Hello Kitty T-shirt. If her hair clips were dumped in a drawer with a bunch of crayons and a few beanie babies, they would be much harder to locate quickly.
Another example: All that ‘tupperware’ we talked about in Basic Organizing Principle #4–how many times have you cursed under your breath because you couldn’t find a square-shaped lid to match it’s bottom part? Grouping ‘like with like’ is the key to finding that bottom part in a matter of seconds.
To achieve optimal container storage, take all of your storage containers out of your cabinet and place them on the dining room table. Sort them by category–group all circle and oval shaped containers and then the squares and rectangles. Do the same with the lids. Then match up lids with bottoms. If you have any missing bottoms or lids, consider recycling or repurposing the other mate-less piece.
Grouping ‘like with like’ will save you:
Time – no long and tiresome searches for what you need
Money – no more spending $$$ on items you already have but just can’t find
Stress–self explanatory…
Even if you haven’t started your Spring Cleaning yet, start grouping ‘like with like.’ It will make you feel like you’ve taken a huge step towards organizing your home.

About Stacey Agin Murray

Stacey is a professional organizer & speaker in New Jersey specializing in residential organizing, time, and paper management challenges. She also authored The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook: Let Systems and 101 Modern Sample Thank You Notes Take You From Overwhelmed to Organized.

Categories: Basic Organizing Principles, Spring Cleaning

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