Woo Hoo! I finally finished cleaning out my "catch-all" closet! Even though it had been organized before, somewhere between the LEGOS and the storage bins (purchased to use as a giveaway the next time I speak on organizing) I lost control.
Once items start spilling onto the floor, it's only a matter of time before there's nowhere left to walk.
I followed my "Empty Everything" rule, but because this is such a large area I implemented it one section at a time. Working in segments, it took me about a week to complete this task.
Obviously, in order to eliminate clutter, some stuff had to GO! There's comes a time when you have to admit you're never going to do anything with those things you might need "someday" and say, "Goodbye!"
Front and Center
When it comes to deciding what goes back where, I give the most-used items the positions at eye level in the front of the shelf, making them easy to access. The things I'm just storing or don't need often are placed in the back.
Divide and Conquer
I utilize containers wherever possible. That way if I need to get to something stored in the back, I only have to move one bin verses numerous individual doo dads. They also keep things from getting dusty. While I use whatever I have available, I prefer clear bins so I can easily see the contents. Labeling is especially important for those containers I can't see through.
The zippered bags linens come in are also great for storage!
When I'm finished, I tack the lists to the trim alongside the corresponding shelf. With a quick glance I know exactly where to find everything!
Presenting...the floor! Ta da!