To declutter your stationery, take all the items that are in a drawer, pens, sheets, markers, glue, scissors, stapler, and divide them according to how you will use them. You move on to things in another place and so on until all the stationery is gathered on a table.
Here’s what to do specifically for stationery decluttering
1) As you take out the objects, test the colors, highlighters, pens, markers and throw away the ones that no longer work. There are also the notebooks full of notes that you do not need (check carefully) if they have sheets that are no longer possible to write, the broken penknives, the cases that cannot be repaired, and throw them away,
2) Are there any materials you can recycle? Put them in the corner of the table. They can be colored sheets to reuse decoupages or sheets with a white side to write notes. For the latter, when you’ve collected them all, pin them at the top, and you’ll have a DIY notepad.
3) Are there things in good condition that you neither want to keep nor can you throw away? Put them in an envelope or a box and give them to associations, friends, or even family.
4) If you find something that you need, place it in its own category. On the table or the shelves you have available, organize different groups of objects, so there will be the corner of the pencils, one of the colors, the one for the paper clips, the one with the materials for creative work, the one with the elements that decorate the gifts; whenever you have an object to keep, put it in its group.
5) Once everything is in eyesight, decide how to arrange the stationery items. The basic rule is to collect and store similar objects together. So you can use jars, containers, DIY organizers, cases. For post-its and the like, you could make a folder on which to glue the materials.
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6) Find a place for each container, possibly in the same place, such as a drawer or a countertop. Within this space, you can also divide the materials you use most often and those you will use over time, or you can identify two different areas for the two types. Of course, it also finds a place for materials to be recycled.
7) When decluttering the stationery, you can also write down the things you miss and how much you already have so you avoid repurchasing it.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff