Pencils and markers and pens...oh my!
September 8, 2017 11:54pm CST
Well, I've gotten through the known boxes of pens, pencils, highlighters, markers and erasers, and here is what I'm keeping: -- 8 mechanical pencils, with extra lead and erasers -- 24 pens in 4 assorted colors, in ball point and gel -- 6 highlighters in different colors -- 6 permanent markers All of what I have listed above fits in these 2 jars. Next to it, you can see all that I am giving away. It is about two and a half times more than what fits in these jars. What I am keeping should be enough to last me for the rest of my life time. I have additional packets of highlighters untouched that I put in the giveaway box, as well as several packages of Post-it notes, labels, and all the things I mentioned in the other post. If the kids can't use it, then the teachers may be able to. Even in the small things, we can find progress! And I am glad to be able to donate what I went through today at the booth at the Farmers Market tomorrow.
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• French Polynesia
That is a lot of stuff. I can't imagine buying all this stuff and storing in my home. I normally keep a few items here for me and when they are gone, I buy a few more. I have never had a stockpile of these items before. That is so amazing to me to see all these items in one place and not in a store. Wow.
• United States
This only scratches the surface, Ann. I have been journaling this process here (tagged "clutter" and "struggles" for about six weeks now). My sister @sonjarae is someone to whom I disclosed some of the issues I have had over the years. After reading something here on my lot about hoarding, and seeing some of the comments of disdain from many about the people who do, I decided to share my project and what is behind so many of us who "hold on"...What I have found most in life is that there is much shame and guilt thrown at people and they are told to "just do it." It's not so simple. There are reasons that even we don't always know. Since starting to share, there have been many people who have approached me publicly and privately that they, too, have some issues, but wouldn't dare be so open about it, because of the very reason of being shamed. I'm bold enough to look at the shamers and ask...so, what are YOU dealing with that is "less than desirable"? We all have our secrets, so to speak. I am glad that I started sharing openly, because it takes the wind out of the sails of the fear.... What you just said about the "stockpile...store..." I started laughing. I just had a convo with my sister @sonjarae about an hour ago, and mentioned that I am going to invite people over to shop for Christmas from my "store shelves" that I'm starting to get organized. I have about three big shelves so far in a walkin closet that people could buy some gifts. LOL Of course, they wouldn't see the value of the "gifts" because they will buy things that have a bigger price tag to impress than the simple candles, and ornaments and more (all new) that are on the shelves. If I had more people in my life with whom I exchanged holiday gifts, I could go without buying much. I certainly do not need paper, tape, bows, or packaging to send them! *laughs* AND I know where it is. I have been thinking of doing a special holiday project, that I haven't yet disclosed, as I'm trying to wrap my head around it yet. It's similar to a "Give 5" project that I did when I was in Persona Paper. Will tell that later.
• French Polynesia
@CoralLevang You are the best and I enjoy reading your clutter stories so much. I know my mom's problem. She was born during or before the great depression when there wasn't much available. She also lived during WWII when they had ration stamps or coins to use. So now she is a pack rat.You are so brave to do this. You are even braver to tell us about it. Like you said there are many around who won't disclose their problem in fear of being talked about. I love your bravery and how you are attacking this problem. Keep on going and I will encourage you all the way. I love it when a person can face their worse fears, attack them, and move on. You are one of these people. I can't say this will get any easier as you move forward. All I can say is that you have made extreme progress and have gained so much. My hats go off to you in this adventure. I know one day it will end and you can sit back and have a good laugh. But for now, it is overwhelming and frustrating to do this. You are strong and will see this project through.
• United States
@poehere thank you so much. This is the kind of post that I really appreciate. And you've never been anything other than supportive. I have never heard a harsh word come out of your mouth about me or anyone else with this problem and that is heartwarming to me between you and my sister @sonjarae and a few others here, this keeps me going.
• Phoenix, Arizona
@CoralLevang I heard something once about throwing out or donating one bag a day. As for pens, I like using different colors and I bring them to work. Especially if they are purple but, I'm not the only one that does that.
• Jacksonville, Florida
I love school supplies, I have an issue with always buying them when I'm out and if they are cheap. And yet, I can never find a pen when I need one! I'm so proud of the progress your making and your helping others in the process which is amazing too!!
• United States
@celticeagle well, a scad is a type of fish, but I think scads are a large quantity of anything! Haha now that being said, for those people who like to be right about things would probably have a disagreement with you about the number that would make something scads of something, much like the difference between few and several!
my brother often brings home so many black pens and pencils (BIC and Paper mate) and i usually give the pens to my colleagues and students for their afternoon duty (blue for AM, black for PM, and red for night shifts). but still there are plenty. i should request my brother to bring home blue pens instead of black.