First, I made a list of the categories these would be sorted by: Children, Baby, Family, Friendship, Love, Autumn which includes Halloween and Thanksgiving, Spring which includes birds/flowers/Easter, Winter which includes Christmas, Summer which includes vacation, Celebration which includes graduations/new year/birthdays.
Second, I got all embellishments and stickers out(what a mess!) which were being kept in many different places and just started to sort by my categories. Anything I saw that I did not like any more or I had used most of the stickers I put in a little basket for my children. This keeps them busy when I scrapbook. I keep stickers and paper scraps for them to play with.
Third, any items left that did not fit a category went in one stack.
Fourth, I put the embellishments in some Creative Memories sticker sheets I had purchased years ago (It has only taken me 5 years to finally organize!). You can use sheet protectors or even the big zip lock baggies and punch a hole to put in a binder.
Here is a before picture:
Here is after. Click on the picture to make it bigger:
Here are some pictures of some tiny embellishments, and buttons sorted. I also have ribbon which is in a small box. When I first started to want to embellish my scrapbooking pages I got with a friend and we both purchased embellishments and ribbon and divided them between us so we ended up with a big variety and spent much less money. These items that I am showing you here I had already sorted. I purchased these little plastic cases from the local craft store.
This is going to help me from purchasing items I do not need!