How to Organize Miscellaneous Items

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How to Organize Miscellaneous Items Have you ever wondered what you should do with all those miscellaneous items at home?

It can be tempting to dump everything into a drawer and call it a day.

The only problem is that when you actually need to use something, you can’t find it.

There’s got to be a better way to deal with those sundry items…

In this post, I offer some instruction on how to organize miscellaneous items.

What are Miscellaneous Items?

The definition of miscellaneous refers to different items gathered together from different sources.

The word can be used to refer to anything, books, makeup, houses, office supplies, cars, and so on.

For the purposes of this post, I’m going to define miscellaneous items as small, yet significant household objects that tend to overwhelm.

It’s not that a single item itself is one to send your heart racing, but it’s that many of these items can set your heart astir…and not in a good way.

Examples of miscellaneous items include:

  • Electronic chargers and adapters
  • Current converters
  • Instruction manuals
  • Computer tool kit
  • Registration cards
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Coupons
  • Hardware tool kit
  • Lint rollers
  • Eyeglass repair kit
  • Shoe polish
  • Shoe brushes
  • Twine or cord
  • Spare buttons
  • Keychains
  • Patches
  • Spare thread
  • Waterproofing kit
  • Scissors
  • Extension cord
  • Extra pair of headphones
  • Coin purse
  • Spare wallet
  • Hand lotion
  • Super glue
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Spare coins and change
  • Transit card
  • Nail files
  • Lip balm
  • Safety pins
  • Bobby pins
  • Souvenirs or mementos from trips and vacations
  • Small toiletry travel containers
  • Sewing kit
  • and so on…

On first glance, these items seem to have to no particular order; they are miscellany. On closer inspection, however, we can organize things and store them in such a way that they will be helpful to us when we need them.

There’s two ways of doing this:

1) Store items in a specific location and

2) Create a household toolkit

Let’s review each method, one by one:

Option #1: Store items in a specific location

Organize miscellaneous items into well-defined groups.

To do this, you need to organize items in the most logical order. The idea here is to find a common theme among items. You can choose whatever theme you like, as long as it makes sense to you.

For example, our list above could turn into the following groups:

Electronic Items

  • Electronic chargers and adapters
  • Current converters
  • Computer tool kit
  • Extension cord
  • Extra pair of headphones

Paper Items 

  • Instruction manuals
  • Registration cards
  • Coupons

Supply Items

  • Scissors
  • Twine or cord
  • Super glue
  • Stamps
  • Spare thread
  • Envelopes

Practical Items

  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Hardware tool kit
  • Keychains

Clothing and Shoe Repair Items 

  • Lint rollers
  • Eyeglass repair kit
  • Safety pins
  • Spare buttons
  • Sewing kit
  • Patches
  • Waterproofing kit
  • Shoe polish
  • Shoe brushes

Beauty and Personal Items

  • Bobby pins
  • Hand lotion
  • Nail files
  • Lip balm
  • Small toiletry travel containers

Travel Items 

  • Coin purse
  • Spare wallet
  • Spare coins and change
  • Transit card
  • Souvenirs or mementos from trips and vacations

After we’ve sorted items into these groups, we can then identify specific places in the home where one would store or find such items.

So, the lists would then turn into the following:

Electronic Items – Home Office or Computer Workstation 

  • Electronic chargers and adapters
  • Current converters
  • Computer tool kit
  • Extension cord
  • Extra pair of headphones

Paper Items – Home Office or Kitchen Drawer 

  • Instruction manuals
  • Registration cards
  • Coupons

Supply Items – Home Office, Pantry or Kitchen Drawer 

  • Scissors
  • Twine or cord
  • Super glue
  • Stamps
  • Spare thread
  • Envelopes

Practical Items – Home Office, Pantry, Hallway or Kitchen Drawer 

  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Hardware tool kit
  • Keychains

Clothing and Shoe Repair Items – Bedroom, Bathroom, Hallway 

  • Lint rollers
  • Eyeglass repair kit
  • Safety pins
  • Spare buttons
  • Sewing kit
  • Patches
  • Waterproofing kit
  • Shoe polish
  • Shoe brushes

Beauty and Personal Items – Bedroom or Bathroom 

  • Bobby pins
  • Hand lotion
  • Nail files
  • Lip balm
  • Small toiletry travel containers

Travel Items – Home Office, Workstation, or Bedroom

  • Coin purse
  • Spare wallet
  • Spare coins and change
  • Transit card
  • Souvenirs or mementos from trips and vacations

Create storage solutions.

The next step is to move these items to the appropriate area of the house, and make use of existing storage, such as vanity boxes, drawers, containers and so on.

The other choice here is to create storage solutions. You could designate a certain drawer, container, box, or counter top area in which to store the items.

Option #2. Create a household toolkit

If the above organization method doesn’t appeal you to, there is another alternative. In a way, you will be keeping your miscellaneous items together. The only difference here is that you are going to organize, properly store, and label your collections.

Organize miscellaneous items into well-defined groups.

Once again, organize the miscellaneous items into specific groups or collections. There’s no wrong or right way to do this; create the groups that make the most sense to you. You may find it helpful to refer to the groups we created above.

Choose a permanent storage location.

Next, it’s time to identify a room in your home where you will store all of these items. It’s a good idea to place all of these items in a single unit, such as bureau, filing cabinet, vanity, dry sink, credenza, or other such storage unit. There should be enough drawers and sections for you to use.

Once you’ve selected your storage location, you should neatly arrange items into smaller units or storage packets. Carefully and neatly wrap cords, cables, and twine, and use drawer dividers, small trays or flat boxes to contain other items. You could also use large, clear zippered plastic bags to store items in a pinch. The last thing to do is to label items, so it’s easy to see where items belong.

How about you? How do you approach miscellaneous items in your home? Will you rework a few things after reading the tips in this post? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

4 Responses

  1. Jenn
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    These are great ideas! I have been struggling to contain electrical miscellany and now that you suggested the other things that might be grouped and stored with chargers/cords, I will be making a clear bin for rounding them all up!

    I am so blessed by the way your mind works. 🙂
    Thank you!

    • Rashelle
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      Hi Jenn, you are quite welcome. I’m glad you found the electronic miscellany tips helpful.

      When you do round up your chargers and cords, I’d suggest creating labels and/or tags for each of the items, so you easily know what charger and cord goes with which device. Another idea would be to place chargers and items for a particular item into a zippered plastic bag, label that, and place the lot in the clear bin.

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m always happy to help. You really made my day! 🙂

      • Jenn
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        Another great idea- the bagging and labeling! Then, when my 9 year old stepson says he cannot find the cord for charging his game, I will tell him to look in the bin for the Ziploc labeled “Matt’s game cord.” 🙂

        • Rashelle
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          You’re welcome. 🙂 Hopefully, this will save you a lot of time and headaches. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!