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Aug. 29: Daily Challenge To Keep Your Home Organized and Clean!

Come on!!! This will be well worth it! Post and let us know when you have completed the challenge! Please click the "Thanks" tab at the bottom of this post if you are participating in today's task! I am watching to see how big the interest is for this kind of thread.

Happy Hump Day to you! It's Wednesday, and today's task is a little different. I want you declutter pens/pencils throughout your house that no longer write or work. Yes, hit that junk drawer, catch-all basket, office drawers, kid's desk drawers, pencil tins, and all of the other spaces in your home where pens and pencils can be found! Grab a scrap piece of paper to test pens on, set your timer, and race the clock to see if you can go through each spot before time is up! Pop off the lids on those pens and toss the ones that no longer write well! If you have 20+ pens in one space, then get rid of all but the 5-10 that write the best.

You will find that you are much happier the next time you go to use a pen and it actually works and writes well! Let's get rid of the small stuff that is cluttering our homes! Your goal is to make your home a happy, organized place for your family!


Set your timer for 15 minutes, and Go, go, go!!!

Newbies: Jump right in and join us! You are not behind!

*These daily challenges are taken from FlyLady.net. Just 15 minutes a day helps to keep the clutter away!
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OMG you have no idea how much this will help/hurt me!!! I'm a HUGE pen thief - so we have TONS and I mean TONS of pens so of course some will stop working but also DH is notorious for chewing on them and biting off the little clip part and after that is broken I won't use them anymore. But it'll also hurt cuz I think I'm a pen hoarder. I'll report back with how many I part with.
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OMG you have no idea how much this will help/hurt me!!! I'm a HUGE pen thief - so we have TONS and I mean TONS of pens so of course some will stop working but also DH is notorious for chewing on them and biting off the little clip part and after that is broken I won't use them anymore. But it'll also hurt cuz I think I'm a pen hoarder. I'll report back with how many I part with.
I can't wait to see what your total number is that you part with, Jenni!
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Ok willing to part with 15 - I've got 10 left in the livingroom (which is where I sit to write checks, grocery lists, rebates, etc, so I like to keep pens handy) also have half a dozen in the kitchen (gotta have pens in the kitchen) - I have two cute little pen holders to keep them handy/contained. I also kept 15-20 in the pen holder on the desk - some of them are "fancy" ones that have been gifts (need to get refills) and the others are just regular ones, but at the rate that DH destroys and/or loses them, I am justifying keeping that many.

But I'm still proud with thinning down by 15!!!!!
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Having done this when I was packing to move, I can attest that it's actually a fun little task. Testing every pen and stray marker in a pile then seeing all the ones you can get rid of. The kids can help, too, but I did this once with my DH and apparently our standards for what "still works" means are vastly different. I think he was willing to part with two. I found another stash of pens, pencils, highlighters, etc recently in the office boxes when I was unpacking so I'll do those today and clean out the pencil cup on our fridge. We have one of the magnetic metal mesh cups and it slides down the fridge now b/c it's overloaded.
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The problem at our house is that DH likes regular pens and I like gel pens, so I have to keep both kinds around. I did think to do the felt pens/highlighters, but I didn't do them - will try to do them later. Will be able to add to my number of throw aways, I'm sure.
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Task already completed (we just moved last month). So in place, I will go through the office/school supply stash and organize, since we've been going in and out of it for the past month
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I forgot to post that I threw out a total of 23 pens, pencils, broken crayons and markers.
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I forgot to post that I threw out a total of 23 pens, pencils, broken crayons and markers.
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