Never A Pen When You Need It!
But We Have A Bazillion Pens In The House!
Why is That? Pencils and pens accumulate, we put them away, but then don’t use the ones put away – we buy more. Right? We also get them from all over. Trade shows, expos, conferences or company reps give them away freely. Of course there are always those who use them at work and walk home with them in their pockets. (Tell me it isn’t so!)
So what is the solution? Clean them out, organize and disperse them in locations where they will be used and needed.
You first want to gather up the pens, you might be cleaning out a desk drawer, or kitchen junk drawer – but try to gather up as many around the house as you can fine.
You want to test all the pens to see what ones work and which ones don’t. There’s nothing more irritating than grabbing something to write with and having it be out of ink, dried up or with broken lead.
Only keep the ones that write nicely. If you wouldn’t want to write a letter to someone with it, then you need to get rid of it. Why keep it if when you grab to use it, you don’t like it? You’ll just put it back and go look for another one? I’m right aren’t I?
Make 3 piles
1) Keep – Keep what you need. You don’t have to keep ALL of them, if you have oodles.
2) Donate – Pens, markers that work well, but you don’t like them or you have over flow. You can donate them to underprivileged school districts, or underprivileged countries.
3) Trash / Recycle – For the ones that don’t work, you can trash/recycle them. I had a reader, Vicki; comment on my other post on organizing your pens, say that you can donate your pens to http://www.penguyart.com/ (even ones that are broken or don’t work). This guy makes artwork with used pens.
You don’t have to have fancy pencil/pen holders. You can use baskets, check book boxes, plastic containers from food items, etc.
Put them in places you will utilize them.
On top of the desk
Near your home phone
By your couch or chair
By your bed
In your car
In your workshop
You can also bag some up to give to someone, donate, or keep in your car, or keep for your kids for school.
I did another post, Pens & Pencil Clean Out a couple years ago. You can find some more info concerning this, there.