Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day Nineteen - Spring 30 Day Clutter Buster Challenge

When you reach for a pen to write something and find that it doesn't work, what do you do with it?  If you are like most people (me included) you put it back and grab another.  Why do we do that?  Do we think the pen will somehow refill itself with ink and will magically work the next time we grab it?  And we will grab it again!  And then become frustrated because we can't seem to find a pen that works.

A few of my readers had said last week that they had been going through old pens to see if they work and, if not, they threw them out.  When I read that I knew that it was time to go through the pen holder on my desk.  This is the pretty container that holds the pens on my desk.  I have been having a hard time lately getting the lid to sit on it properly.

This is what it looked like inside.  Now you can see why the lid would not fit right!

It took 2 minutes to go through and decide what to keep and what to get rid of.  All pencil crayons went; we don't use them.  Also any pens that didn't work, coloured markers, some pencils and a couple of  nail files.

I opened a new box of pens and had plenty of room to drop them down in.

Now it is back on my desk and when I reach for a pen I know  it will work!

Do you keep your pens and pencils in one place?  Take two minutes from your day and go through them to make sure they all work and that only the ones that you would use are there.


  1. Beautiful way to hide your pens, yet they are right at hand when you need one.

  2. I just cleaned out our pen holder yesterday. Do you broadcast on my wavelength or what?
    I love your elegant holder. I use a square vase from a birthday bouquet. So much prettier than the coffee can I used to have sitting by the phone.

  3. The 22 pens I threw away today will probably be joined by a bunch more when I hit the junk drawer tomorrow!

  4. I absolutely LOVE your pen jar! It is gorgeous.

    I FINALLY finished getting rid of non-working pens from the pen cups. I started this weeks ago and got side-tracked. Then I continued and got side-tracked again. NOW, I got rid of the last 17 non-working pens. It would have been 18 but DH kept one that has sentimental value and he claims we can get a refill for.

    You Go Girl!