Were you caught up in the adult coloring book rage a short while back? Do you still enjoy pulling out the coloring books? Do you have kids who do arts and crafts?
I’d bought some colored pencils that were too hard and never left enough color on the page, so I bought another set of colored pencils (actually, I asked for them for Christmas a couple years back!) that I liked better. The first set I brought into work where I teach because pencils were always getting snapped or chewed up in the pencil sharpener.
Do you have multiple sets of colored pencils (some coloring books came with free colored pencils)? How about regular #2 pencils?
Go on a scavenger hunt throughout your house to locate all the pencils you have. Toss the chewed-up pencils, the ones with the worn-off eraser, the mechanical pencils with no lead.
Don’t really use pencils? You don’t need to keep a dozen on your desk or in the junk drawer. Bring the extras to work or send them to your kids’ teachers.
Only if this doesn’t apply to you: delete 5-10 meaningless photographs.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.