This one will save you a lot of frustration and annoyance! Try to always keep –
Big Things in Big Containers & Little Things in Little Containers.
Let’s take toys for example –
It’s a great idea to have a toy bin or basket in your living room to store frequently used toys or for a quick tidy up at the end of the day.
But have you ever tried to look for a puzzle piece in that bin? It’s probably full of LEGO bits and toy cars and Squishies and dolls and tiaras and dinosaurs AND huge stuffed dragons, soccer balls and the T-Rex that roars (thanks Nana) and Ken doll’s kitchen and picture books and Thomas The Tank Engine backpacks, lunch boxes and miscellaneous track parts that don’t fit anything.
There’s a reason tool boxes have those little compartments on the top level. It’s for fiddly little things that are going to be a pain in the neck to find under the chisels, hammers, adjustable spanners, hacksaw and and your dad’s old hand planer.
For your sanity have a go at keeping those smaller things in smaller boxes, and the big things in the catch-all box and basket.