Because of this, I was excited to find a new book which offers a somewhat different approach to organization: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
I also like her criterion of keeping what inspires joy. It seems like an interesting way to decide about saving things, instead of "have I worn it in the last two years?" I'm not sure about folding socks instead of rolling them, or emptying my purse completely each night as she suggests, and I definitely need my uninspiring tax-related documents. But organizing by category makes sense to me. For example, she recommends organizing all the books in the house at one time, instead of by room, because otherwise you don't have a complete sense of what you own. She also suggests touching each book, instead of letting your eyes skim the shelves. I haven't tried this yet but can see how it would lead to getting rid of more because you have to carefully consider each one.
Having less clutter can make it easier to find items, but it can also be transforming because Kondo believes "being surrounded by things that spark joy makes you happy."