Such great ideas on here!
I am not exactly one to be telling others how to organize!
But, I do have a tip that has helped me. Earlier in my marriage, before I let clutter take its grim hold, I loved to collect various glazed vases, bowls and pitchers (nothing fancy, just yard sale finds). Then as time went on, I noticed with great sadness that they were sitting neglected, dusty and unused on shelves. I could no longer enjoy their beauty in such a state, and they were taking up space.
Then it suddenly came to me one day that I could use
these items to hold other things...
For example, I used a lovely old blue pitcher to hold the bottle of dish-washing liquid at the sink. That way, I got to see and enjoy that pitcher every day, and it had a function
! Likewise, I use a vase that my husband gave me as a Mother's Day gift to hold cooking spoons and spatulas on the kitchen counter. Previously, it had been languishing away on a shelf, collecting dust and only noticed when I had picked the occasional bunch of flowers. I needed something to hold the utensils, so instead of buying something new, why not use the beautiful gift that just happened to be the right size and shape? My husband was so pleased to see it utilized in such a way, and I smile each time I pull a spoon from it. I have another item, a beautiful glazed bowl, that sits on the counter to hold snacks and clothespins for closing all of those half-eaten bags of animal crackers and the like. A Hull pitcher holds pencils, and a small, squat little piece of pottery is great for loose change. An interesting old metal pitcher that my 96-year-old great aunt-in-law gave me is used to scoop chicken feed (it is too pitted and rusted for indoors). A coffee cup that my husband was given at work as an award is used to scoop laundry detergent (we already have plenty of coffee cups, and no one here even drinks coffee at home!).
Several of those pieces I got in years past are still unused, but as I de-clutter, I am thinking of more ways to make them a functioning part of my household instead of just more clutter.
I guess that seems kind of obvious, but for years I put such items on a shelf to "showcase" them, which ultimately led to their neglect. Now they are no longer uni-taskers... they can be enjoyed for beauty and