This is my journey through the 30 Day Simplify Your Life challenge. If you would like to join in, you can get the ebook here and follow along.
Resource: The official Youtube video for Stationery week, by muchelleb.
I am working through the challenge in an order that suits me best, instead of directly following the set challenge order. Feel free to do the same!
Day 2: Stationery
Day 2 in the official challenge is actually ‘wardrobe’. But I have only recently gone through my wardrobe so I am leaving this for a later date and tackling stationery (Day 5) instead. I am doing most of this challenge out of order so I have created a little graphic of the official order to help you keep up. Keep an eye on that and we’ll be all good! Now let’s get into my Day 2.
Stationery is a strange one for me. I love stationery but I’m not a hoarder of fancy pens that I will never use. I have 3 great black pens (I have only ever found them at my uni bookstore so I bought out their last three on my last day of uni), a blue pen, a red pen and a selection of the Staedtler fine liners for colour coding in my bullet journal (as well as some spares which I also stocked up on during my last day of uni for the same reason as the black pens). Beyond that, I have a selection of basic day-to-day stationery. That is, of course, as long as you don’t look at the three large desk draws filled with obscure art and craft supplies that I never use.
When I was younger I loved craft. I continued to hand-make birthday and Christmas cards for my family until I was about 15. When I was teeny tiny, you usually found me digging through the family recycling bin, looking for stuff I could glue together in some gloriously messy and pointless creation. I rotated through phases of jewellery making, sewing, knitting, crocheting and one time, I even made a hat. I haven’t really done this for years and instead lean towards sketching and painting when I feel particularly creative. But after all these years of strange craft endeavours, I built quite a collection of coloured paper, beads, chalk, artist pens and all sorts of obscure other things that you would find in a primary school storage room.
So I took the opportunity to finally tackle this stuff and that’s when the real decluttering happened. I managed to discard one large garbage bag of unusable stationery (amongst it were felt pens that I have had since 2003). I also set aside a box of supplies that are still useable but that I don’t want anymore and these will be offloaded to my sister who is both a primary school teacher and craft-loving mother of a young child. She will be the proud owner of tubs of chalk, jars of beads and buttons, various assortments of coloured paper and some spare paintbrushes.
What I have been left with is one drawer of day-to-day stationery and one drawer of art and craft supplies that I use throughout the year. This includes sketching pads and pencils, water colours, paint brushes and some Christmas paper that I use to make Christmas tags every year (I suppose that card-making 8 year-old girl inside me will always hang around in some way).
Unfortunately I do not have a photo of the progress to share with you but I can tell you that I successfully emptied two of my desk drawers and it feels amazing.
What did you get rid of?
~ Alice Maisie