We often talk about the importance of having a “home” for every single item in your home.  This is a key organizing principle.

Frequency of use is an important consideration when you are establishing “homes” for items in your home.  If you use something often, you want to store it in an easy-access location.

If you don’t use something very often, you can get away with storing it in a harder-to-reach location, such us under a bed, in a storage closet, or in the garage.

If you find you use one type of item often in various parts of the house, consider having multiples of those items in different rooms.  An example of this may be office supplies such as scissors, tape, and pens/pencils.  It may be appropriate/convenient to have sets of these in your home office, the kids’ rooms, and the kitchen.

(For more on this “frequency of use” concept, visit our earlier “Organizing 101” post on “Hot, Warm, Cold” items.)