In our last installment of the Tao of Organizing, we talked about the concept of starting small, namely, picking quick and easy projects to begin. This week, we're going to cover the "rule" that really is at the heart or organizing: grouping. Grouping like items together is the key to organizing everything from a sock drawer (tights with tights, athletic socks with athletic socks) to an office (printer paper with printer paper, stamps with stamps).
Grouping makes sense in three key ways:
- It creates a "home" for everything and takes the decision-making process out of where to store belongings--think about rushing in from a shopping trip and knowing exactly where everything you've just bought is going to be stored.
- It creates a rhythm--once you group your paper towels together, you will always have a sense of when you're running low.
- Like items usually "fit" together thus making them easier to store in the same containers or spaces.