My scrap management system was not working. So I consulted my sewing buddy, and she suggested trying out Bonnie Hunter's scrap management system of cutting all of those random bits of fabric down to more manageable and predictable pieces. The first thing to consider: what's the smallest piece of fabric I'm willing to keep and use. First I thought 1", but then I thought about that further and decided that was the smallest finished size, and then decided on the other increments from there.
So, I'm starting my stash sorting system with cutting pieces into 5" squares, 2 1/2" squares, and pieces from 1 1/2" square to 1 1/2" by 4". Any piece of fabric that I come across that's larger than 5" x 10" I'm leaving alone for now in their own bin. After about 6 hours of cutting pieces, I've cut into the mess by half. I'm hoping with a little more effort on my part it'll be taken care of by the end of the week.