I saw a useful tip in a magazine a while back to organize sewing machine needles between projects by type. It suggested putting them in a coordinating pin cushion. So I made simple little pincushions for my different types of needles. A cotton fabric one, knit one and denim one. If you are a cutesie pincushion type of person check out these free patterns:
Heather Bailey's square cushion
Some cute random pincushions
And I finally organized (well started) my patterns. I got some super huge binders and sheet protectors and stuffed my patterns in those.
One day I'll get around to categorizing them by type in the binders. ;)