At some point during my journey I started throwing all pens, post-its, erasers, pencils, Sharpies and such into a shoebox. I was saving it for later…and later.
We don’t use red pens. They were the first to go. Then I randomly decided I didn’t want any pens with caps. Those went next. A bunch of the dry-erase markers can go to my office. As quickly as I could I pared down the stacks.
The blue bins were to separate the pens/pencils into kitchen and desk storage. These are the only two places in the house where we ever go looking for pens, so that part was easy. I held onto a ton of mechanical pencils for D, but I never use them. Later on I’ll ask him how many he wants.
OK, this last part sounds silly, but I did hold back some pens and pencils to throw into the office supplies shoebox. Mostly because I really don’t want to have to buy another Sharpie or pen if I can avoid it. I know, silly, but there you go. I suppose that box is my next dreaded job, but for now I’m pretty happy with myself.