My mother-in-law gets lots of donation requests from different charities, and often the envelopes contain address labels or pads of paper. The address labels are useless (since she passed away two years ago … we had her mail forwarded to our house … and, yes, I’ve put her name on ‘do not mail’ lists and I’ve even listed her as deceased with the post office, but we still get this mail.
I keep the pads of paper, I mean, they are useful, right? After writing the previous sentence, I had the feeling that we had a lot of those pads of paper, so I went and counted them. Sixteen.
Stationery also includes notebooks, journals, legal pads, memo books, and actual letter-writing stationery. Do you use these items?
Organize them from fewest blank sheets of paper to most and use up the nearly empty ones first. If you won’t use them (or you have stacks), see if your child’s teacher would want them or bring them to work, or give them to a child who loves drawing or writing. Would it really matter if a two-year-old scribbled over the pages? No, the pages will get used.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.