1. Katelynne

    I did this recently and had a cookie tin FULL of pens and pencils that I had through university and the last 7 years of working. I apparently developed kleptomaniac tendencies as 70% of the pens I could identify from which of the office I’ve worked for (and which I had initially purchased for school). I found someone within Girl Guides to take them off my hands for their unit and I felt this huge wave of relief. Now I have a single, small drawer with highlighters, pens, pencils that will do me just fine.

    Great post! Good luck with the rest of the decluttering!!

  2. I definitely need to declutter my home office/desk. I recently went “fishing” for a replacement battery and it took me a lot longer than I’d like to locate them with all the junk stuffed in the drawers. I think the only really tip I could add is to have a place for everything. For example, I always have some extra paper and ink toner cartridges on hand so I don’t run out and there needs to be a spot for them. Things that don’t have a place need to go or they’ll just end up cluttering any open space.

  3. Congrats! That’s a big win for decluttering!

    We rarely feel like we have the time to declutter, though do keep a donation box open at all times to toss in stuff we come across that we no longer need. Our best strategy instead is to be ruthless about what comes into the house. We open the mail over the recycle bin, we say no to freebies, etc. That stuff piles up quickly, or fills up that junk drawer before you know it. Think of it as: a good defense is the best offense. Defend yourself against unwanted stuff to keep your house free from clutter.

    (Of course, saying that, I’m looking around my home office and thinking about all the things I need to toss! Maybe I’ll spend five minutes this afternoon doing that!)

  4. I’m currently decluttering my wife’s office. She racked up a ton of paperwork over the year and it got too intense at one point resulting in a ton of clutter. Luckily the rest of the house is pretty decluttered.

    I honestly love decluttering. It’s a wonderful feeling seeing your place get cleaner by all the work you’ve done.


  5. Robin Lewis

    NOW TO MY COMMENT my office is in our bedroom because of no office space. I was working 2 job’s out of here. Now just 1. The whole room is cluttered with clothes I’m going to sell, shoes too, and makeup. Plus my personal makeup no room in bathroom. Can’t get to the desk I bought. Sit on bed and work. I’m also adhd which makes it hard to know how to declutter. I love pens. I ask or trade before taking or buy or grab my husband’s from work he leaves out. It writes blue and I read if you write with blue you will remember longer. Then last week I heard the color was purple. Already had two purple pins. I can’t imagine working with only 2 pens. I hope I can get somewhere near that downsize in all areas. I counted in my purse one day 35 total included in that count were, pencils, highlighters, permanent pens, regular markers, multi color pens red, blue, orange, etc, pens that are also a stylus for tablet. I was shocked. You have encouraged me to really down size. I do enjoy my multi pens never know what color I write with the next hour or which one I can find. I wish I could attach the picture I took. I’ll be glad to send it to you. I want to downsize my entire life. I’m frozen can’t find anything. Thanks for the eye opening article on how normal peopke do it.

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