Although this may seem a silly thing to start your year of decluttering with, keep in mind that the little things can add up to a lot of clutter.
Go on a 7-minute pen scavenger hunt. Leave 1-to-3 of the best in places where you use a pen. For example, keep the pen with your bedside journal; keep one in your purse; keep one with your grocery list; keep 1-to-3 at your desk. Remove all pens from the junk drawer. Don’t touch the pens on someone else’s desk, briefcase, backpack.
Did you discover a stash of brand-new pens? Set them together in a supply closet or shelf.
Give the discovered pens to your kid to test to see if the pens work (young kids love doing this). Or, when you sit down to watch TV, test the pens. Toss dried up, almost empty pens. Bring the extras to the office or give them to your kid’s teacher.
Focus only on pens. Don’t get distracted by other things you want to declutter. You can go back to that stuff when you finish this task. If you can’t find every pen; no worries.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.