How can it be THAT hard?
To find a pen.
WHEN we need to sign that school form or a birthday card or an urgent cheque?
WHEN we ALL have homes full of a zillion and one different biros and felt tips and sharpies and markers.
And I know.
I am NOT the only mother in the world.
To turn up at a meeting.
And realise that none of our zillion and one pens have made it into my bag.
And that if I do need to write anything down.
I’m going to have to do it – in front of everyone – with my two year old’s green crayon.
Which is the ONLY writing implement I have – for reasons unknown – brought with me.
DESPITE having a home FULL of pens!!!
Though to be honest, it’s NOT just pens is it?
This a common clutter problem.
The MORE we have of any item.
The harder it is to find one – that works – WHEN we need it.
Most of the time MORE clutter means LESS useful stuff we can actually find.
So today we’re going to let go of excess pens.
INCLUDING the chewed up grotty ones that have run out of ink.
Just 10 Things – Pens
We’re going to stick basically to the just 10 things rules:
- Take 5 minutes or so, 15 minutes max
- Focus on pens
- Open our eyes to just how many we have!
- And without yanking stuff out
Kee our eyes peeled for grotty and multiple …
- Felt tips
- Fountain pens
- Pen cartridges
- Roller balls
- Gel pens
- Permanent markers
BUT as we did yesterday, we’re going to add a twist.
And apply a space box.
It’s very simple. And one of my favourite declutter tricks.
We just quickly decide on a special space we’re going to give to pens.
A tub. A plastic wallet. A pencil case.
Whatever works for you.
And ONLY keep as many pens as will fit easily in that space.
NO cheating 🙂
Once we’ve added our excess pens to it, it’s ready to go.
Give it to a local teacher or club or play leader or charity.
Who will actually be able to use all that stationary that’s been going to waste cluttering up our homes.
Well done for everything you let go.