Gather up the markers and highlighters that may have expanded their territory from your desk to your kitchen counter, random end tables, the dresser in your bedroom, the dining table where the kids worked on a school project last month, etc.
Do you have and need duplicate sets of markers? Do you need eight black permanent markers … or do you keep buying more because you can never find the ones you own? Do you use different highlighters to color-code your calendar or would you do just as well with only a yellow highlighter (or none since you realize you never use them)?
Where should markers and highlighters live? With your – or the kids’ – craft supplies? On your desk? Someplace else?
If you’ve found a lot of markers all over your house, then figure out where you’ll go looking for them and keep them together.
(Are the markers good or not? If you have a kid, you can ask them to test markers to see if some that are dried out. Otherwise, the next time you are sitting on the couch, watching television, test your markers to see if you have a collection of dried-out markers.)
Can you believe you have completed two months of A Year of Decluttering?! If you’ve been with us from the beginning, I hope you are noticing changes in your home … and, that you are developing the habit of questioning why you are holding onto things that can no longer serve you.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.