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Here are the photos; I'll let Jennifer do the description and such. :)

Top drawer:
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Top drawer closeup:
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Middle drawer (plus foot):
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Heh, I'll just cut and paste the descriptions I gave Jake. (Also, Jake: I sent you two more photos, showing larger things, since you said most of your stuff is.)

TOP DRAWER:

This is the top drawer of the marble-top bureau; there's a couple inches "cut" from the right side of the drawer, because I'm not tall enough to get the whole thing in a picture. And of course, the drawer is not pulled entirely out from the bureau; there's a couple inches hidden from view. I added the dollar bill to give a sense of scale; you can't really see depth in this picture, but the dollar is on the edge of the drawer about two inches higher/closer to you than the "Helping hand magnifier" on the left. Most of the drawer space is filled with 12 plastic mini-bins arranged in two rows of six; those are the bins I bought four for a buck at Dollar Tree.

TOP DRAWER CLOSEUP:

Closeup view showing there's a little bit of space between the two rows of bins; in that space, I put an unused windshield-ice scraper and two extra eyeglass/sunglass cases.

MIDDLE DRAWER:

Here is the middle drawer of the bureau (and, for any foot fetishists out there, a glimpse of Jennifer's right foot, clad in skintight black leather). Same dollar for scale. In the drawer I placed two large blue plastic trays (buck each at Dollar Tree); as viewed in the drawer, each tray is about 15 inches from left to right, 11 inches from the top to the bottom of the picture (again, you can't quite see the very tops of the drawers/trays). Each tray is also about four inches deep. In the left tray are our various mailing envelopes; in the right tray are five smaller plastic bins/trays: two more of the "four for a buck" bins on top, and three slightly larger "three for a dollar" bins on the bottom. There is a small amount of unused space between the two large trays. Also behind the trays, not visible in this picture, are a couple inches of extra space holding a stethoscope and a skein of yarn.
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Added organizing bonus: in the top left of the top-drawer picture, you can see the bottom drawer of one of the larger Sterilite tabletop three-drawer chests, the one with drawers 9 inches wide. (Not its permanent home; that was a temporary placement while I worked on something else.) I think that specific model of drawer has been discontinued, though; almost all of my tabletop drawers have gray knobs on them, as seen in the picture, whereas the ones I've seen for sale recently have no knobs.
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And the "larger things" photos:

Sterilite Cart:
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Inside Rope Drawer:
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Yesterday I woke up, read a little in bed, had delightful chicken and waffles at a friends new restaurant pre open brunch test, had a massage, took a nap, played some video games while chicken breasts working in sous vide, went to the bar, went to bed. It was everything I want a saturday to be.

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Jennifer, the pictures are too close. I don't need to see your bric-a-brac. I want to see the storage system, but not necessarily the particular stored items. Especially I want to see how clean and tidy your house looks when everything is where it belongs.
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Warren wrote:
28 Jan 2018, 10:39
Jennifer, the pictures are too close. I don't need to see your bric-a-brac. I want to see the storage system, but not necessarily the particular stored items.
Well, I'm not going to take everything out of those junk-drawer bins to photograph them empty. What you see is the storage system: like, instead of a large drawer filled with tiny items all shuffling around and getting lost, there's a large drawer filled with small bins holding those tiny items in place. (As for the bureau itself: with its drawers shut, it looks the same as it did before I organized its contents.) Or, a large plastic Sterilite set of drawers with masking-tape labels on them, and additional trays or boxes inside to hold items in place.

Basically -- for those people whose personal mess/clutter problems were pretty much the same as mine (i.e. "It's not that I won't bother putting things where they belong; it's that many of these things HAVE no place where they belong") -- I took and posted a couple photos to illustrate how to MAKE places where things belong, primarily by using various plastic storage pieces to subdivide "One big empty space" into "Lots of smaller empty spaces." And then make your decisions: "Okay, THIS little tray on the pantry shelf will hold all food-bag clips. THAT little drawer in the blue bathroom holds any rolls of dental floss. The larger drawer in the gold bathroom holds fancy bars of soap." Etc.
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Forgot to mention: things like that drawer with the rope and bungee cords -- not at all impressive to look at, but before I did the organizing system, I had the picture-hanging wire in one place, necklace-stringing wire in another, bungee cords in a third, rope someplace else, etc. Putting all this similarly themed stuff together is a HUGE improvement over what I had before.

(IIRC, the picture and necklace wires were in different drawers of the junk bureau before I moved them "to their place.")

The photo shows the top 2.5 drawers of a six-drawer stack: two carts, casters removed, one piled atop the other.
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Jennifer wrote:...picture-hanging wire in one place, necklace-stringing wire in another...
I first pictured this as garroting wire. Then I realized it said necklace not neck.
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lunchstealer wrote:
28 Jan 2018, 17:34
Jennifer wrote:...picture-hanging wire in one place, necklace-stringing wire in another...
I first pictured this as garroting wire. Then I realized it said necklace not neck.
You just got it backwards. Picture hanging wire is ideal for garroting.
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The novelty of living in a neat and organized place has not worn off, even after all this time.

My next project will be to organize the closet where I keep my hanging clothes. But that has already been made easier by the fact that after organizing (and ruthlessly culling) the contents of my dresser drawers, I ended up with a couple of empty drawers left over. So I took all my jeans out of the closet and moved them to the dresser; no surprise to find the closet much roomier now that over a dozen garments (and the thick plastic hangers they'd been on) are gone.
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Actual conversation here today:
JEFF: I wish I knew where the metal glue was.
JENNIFER: On the wire shelves in the blue bathroom there's a basket with all our different glues in it.
[Preens]
[Preens again]

People who are inherently neat and organized would say that conversation was NBD, but for me and Jeff it was HYOOOOGE. In the old days he'd've spent however-long searching for the glue, and likely as not ended up going out and buying a new tube of it. But not now, because now I'm the type of person who lives in an organized home and knows where everything in it is! And I have been such a paragon for, like, almost a week now.

[Preens]
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I sent a card to my sister for her birthday. She told me that when she opened her husband had an odd look on his face and picked up the envelope to look at it. After she read my card she opened her husband's card. We had somehow bought her the exact same card.

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Jennifer wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 13:35
We also own several clips of the sort used to hold shut bags of potato chips and the like; used to be they were scattered all over our abode and we could never find one when we needed one. Now, all such clips are in a narrow plastic tray on the shelf where we actually keep the potato chips and other bagged food. Storing items in places where you're likely to see them when you actually need them -- what an amazing, incredible, revolutionary idea!
Heh, here's an anecdote underscoring how "neatness and organization" is clearly a second language for me, and I will NEVER have the fluency of a native speaker: a few days ago (just before I gave in and admitted "I need to buy some new bras because my old ones are getting hopelessly stretched out"), I had a vague memory that at some point, possibly when still living in Connecticut,* I'd made an overstock-outlet impulse-buy of some flat plastic hook-like things intended for bra straps that are stretched out or otherwise too large, holding the straps together in the back to take up the slack. I also had the idea they were in a certain plastic chest-of-drawers that I used to keep in the hallway linen closet ... before my massive home organization/re-org project. (FWIW, when I mentioned this to Jeff, in case he'd happened to see those hooks somewhere, he also suggested the drawers in the linen closet, and I admitted that was my first guess too, except those drawers haven't been in the linen closet for almost two years now.)

I looked in ALL the plastic storage drawers in both bathrooms. And all three drawers in the marble-top junk dresser (we're not remotely minimalist enough for a mere "junk drawer" to suffice, so we have a "junk chest of drawers" instead). The box of sewing supplies. The box of long-hair accessories I never use but won't throw away because I might use them someday. Various other junk boxes and trinket boxes and odds-and-ends boxes. No bra hooks in any of them.

A day or so later I went shopping and came home with several new bras, enough that I had to re-organize the contents of my bra drawer to make room for them all. And there, on the bottom of the drawer where I keep bras and only bras, did I find the bra hooks.

I must admit, a bra drawer is an extremely sensible and practical place for a bra owner to store bra hooks. Which presumably is why it literally never occurred to me to check my bra drawer, when I tore around the apartment looking for them.

*Also, I was right about buying them in Connecticut. I actually found four packages of hooks from three different companies; one package still had its Ocean State Job Lot price sticker on it: four hooks for three bucks. The other three packages held more hooks for less money; presumably I bought the Job Lot ones first, then grabbed the rest later because they were ever so much cheaper (yeah, I used to do that a lot).
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Five miles down the road is Onodaga State park. There is a cave, access to the Meramec River, and a spring that empties into a pond (which empties to the river). Around the holding pond is a paved walking trail called Blue Heron Trail. It's a half mile and makes a nice one mile walk up and down. When the weather is nice we walk the Blue Heron trail. We have seen a variety of wild life there. Everything from Muskrats to Bald Eagles.

Today we saw deer and better still, the Blue Heron himself returned for the first time since last fall.
As an extra special added bonus, I got to take home a present from the park.
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Fungus-smuggling in time of pandemic? Nice.

This evening Jeff installed (read: cut and stapled) the outdoor rug and rolled screen/netting we bought last week for our outdoor patio/balcony. For the first time since we moved in, we can sit outside without leaving our address and also without being hassled by crawling or flying pests. We probably wouldn't have bothered under ordinary circumstances, but in light of the quarantine we figured it was worth the "investment."

I just sat outdoors, at night (58 degrees, vs. 74 inside), and read a book. (Well, I cleaned the pollen and dirt from the patio table and chairs where I can read a book. And then took the chairs inside for the night because if they stay outside they'll be too filthy to sit on again by tomorrow. but I will have the ability to sit outside and read a book once the chairs dry.)
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I just want to repeat: I really really like being able to go outside, onto the balcony/patio, without being bothered by bugs or letting a bunch inside. (At any given time during the day, you can see anywhere from five to eight big black bees hovering just outside the screen/netting. And it's not even warm enough yet for the ultra-icky night beetles to come out.) Next time we have a good thunderstorm, I look forward to being able to go out there, with a roof to keep out the rain and screening sufficient to keep out the bugs.

When we lived in Loudoun, I disliked the fact that the property had no covered outdoor spots: no roof over the front or back doors, so no place you could stand outside during a rainstorm while staying dry. Here, our roofed balcony is deep enough that staying dry in the rain is no difficulty (unless a strong storm wind blows the rain in just the right direction), but it was always too buggy, especially on the hot summer nights when a porch would otherwise be most beneficial.

Today is gray overcast, which means you can go outside even though this is the time of afternoon when the sun usually blares right under the roof and bakes the whole balcony. And there's a light intermittent rain, but falling straight down so none of it's even touching the screen.
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Since I've been stuck at home anyway, I've been doing more organizing/cleaning, combined with a good bit of what is technically unpacking from our move (almost 4 years ago now). We have a cheap bookcase at the edge of our kitchen/common area (open-plan design, so you can't say definitively where the living room, dining room and kitchen end or begin). The bookcase's primary function is to hold a little stained-glass nightlamp that burns 24/7, because in our apartment, when you first walk in the front door, there is no accessible light switch to turn lights on or off. But since there's all those shelves anyway, we also used them as "junk shelves" to hold various odds and ends, such as (partial listing) lanyards, safety pins, pens and other home-office supplies, laser pointers, a few bread-bag twisty-ties, and more. All stuff worth keeping, nothing taking up much space, but it all made a cluttered mess of the bookcase.

Meanwhile, I have a collection of decorative tin boxes, mostly old ones from the Daher company plus a couple newer ones added in (basically, anything cool I happen to find for two bucks or less). Until yesterday, roughly half my Daher tins were still packed away, in boxes which originally were supposed to have been unpacked as soon as we moved in here, but I lost track of them in the shuffle.

As of now, the top shelf of that bookcase is still fairly cluttered, holding various open-top containers holding all the small home-office and writing supplies, but the rest of the shelves hold a collection of decorative tin boxes and canisters. A couple of them are empty but most contain some small useful items, which are till on the bookshelf but no longer clutter it.

I'm especially pleased with this bit: a couple years ago, in an overstock outlet just after Christmas, I bought some Life Savers candy solely because I wanted the decorative gift tin they came in, a replica of a five-flavor Life Savers roll big enough to hold six regular-size rolls of candy. Turns out that long, skinny canister is the perfect size to hold our two laser pointers and the Ziploc bag of shape-changing screwtop accessories.
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