I’m trying hard to get rid of a lot of my excess stuff. I will never be a minimalist. Never. I like stuff too much. LOL! But I also realize that my beloved stuff is standing in the way of my being completely organized and less stressed. So little by little I am sorting through things and making the tough decisions about what to keep and what to pitch or donate.
Today I tackled my office supplies.
I actually did this a few months back so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it still wasn’t pretty. I started with my writing tools – pens, pencils, and markers/highlighters. Here is the before and after:
The “before” wasn’t terrible, I just had a lot more than I needed. And actually, a lot of the pens were dried up from lack of use. Of the ones that worked, I kept about half. The rest will go to a local animal rescue group/low-cost vet that is in need of pens. I also went through my pencils and markers/highlighters. I had a lot of markers but really rarely use them. So I just kept a few and am donating the rest to the same shelter mentioned above. Someone might as well get some use from them before they also dry up and become unusable. So once I purged the excess I was able to put everything into smaller containers and these now take up half the space as they did before. Yay!!!
Next I decided to tackle the rest of the small office supplies. This included post-its, tape, rulers, scissors, binder clips, staplers, hole punches, etc. I had a lot and it wasn’t really well organized. I separated out a lot of duplicates to donate, and organized everything into containers I already had on hand. Here is the before and after:
It doesn’t look like a lot, but it makes me happy to have this stuff better organized. It is the little things that make me happy! I love being able to find things without having to dig through a box of miscellaneous items!
How organized are your office supplies? What tips do you have for keeping them organized?