get organized: stationery

(This is day 4 of the Get Organized Series)

Before we begin today, I want you to give yourself a pat on the back. Congratulations! You’ve done so much already and I hope you are feeling energized and started to notice a big difference in your home. Today is part one of the miscellaneous category, and we will be working together for the next nine days sorting through every single item that was not included in the first three categories.

Since we did papers yesterday, I thought it would be a good transition to start with stationary today. This will include pens, scissors, office/art supplies, postcards, stamps and envelopes.

Keeping things out of guilt

As an art student in college I accumulated a lot of supplies. Once I graduated I told myself I was going to keep everything, because I wanted to work on craft projects in my free time. Guess what? Three years later I haven’t finished, or started, one single project.

It took me a while to come to the realization that keeping all those art supplies was actually making me less motivated to create something. The fact that I had them for all those years and never did anything made me feel guilty. And seeing them closed up in boxes just made me feel sad. So I finally decided it was time I let them go and donated them to a local school.

Joy check

When sorting through items, be honest with yourself and make sure you are only keeping what truly brings you joy. Once you collect everything and create your pile, keep an eye for duplicates and items that might not work anymore, like pens that have no ink left.

If you are not sure an item “sparks joy”, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of this item in my life?

  • Can I get away with fewer items?

  • Does it have sentimental value?

  • Does it bring me joy?


After sorting everything, it’s time to store what you chose to retain. Make sure your storage solution is visible, accessible and brings you joy. For the ones that you are letting go, express gratitude and find a place to donate them. Daycare centers, schools and non-profit organizations might accept your items.

Use boxes as much as possible when storing the items you chose to keep: this will help you maintain your organization and it will be easy to move these items around if you need to clean the area or move it to a new location.

And there you have it, one more category organized. I’ll see you again tomorrow to go over makeup and beauty products.