Sunday, July 8, 2012

My Personal Challenge-
Day 6

                For my "27 Fling Boogie" today I decided to see what I could come up with from my computer room.  

I discovered boxes of brochure blanks and a zillion note pads that my DH has brought home from various trade shows.  I use a note book each day for tracking my "to do" list, but by the time I go through the pads in my cabinet, he will have accumulated a half a zillion more. He will never miss the 1 or 2 that I have removed.

 I found that I had two boxes of staples with  5,000 staples in each box.  I don't know about you, but I don't believe that it is possible for two people, who do not work from home, to go through 10,000 staples in a lifetime!  Out went a box.

The pen and pencil population is a whole other situation itself.  I had a hard time opening my desk drawer because of the number of writing implements it contained.  This is the result of, not only trade shows, but also companies who are constantly handing out pens in effort to advertise themselves.  A few pens may have been inadvertently heisted from some unsuspecting cashiers.  

I am so glad that I have taken on this 27 day challenge. With 3 weeks to go, I truly think I will see a difference in my home's "waste line".  In the even that I do not, I may have to revisit my challenge again in the winter.  Time will tell.


  1. You're doing an amazing job.

  2. My current favorite "organizational" book is "The Fast and Furious 5 Step Organizing Solution" by Susan Pinsky. In her chapter on "Defending Your Home From Clutter Forever" her #1 Rule is Avoid Freebies -- that freebies are the excess that gobble up both our space and our time.

    She says a lot of our tendency to hoard and store is a residual thing from when it used to be an ordeal (of time or effort) to go to the store, and when many things were not available for purchase. But that becomes dysfunctional when we are only minutes from groceries that are open 7 days a week or other stores that can supply all we need at a moment's notice. This makes sense to me, since when I was growing up in Germantown the closest stores of any sort were up at Poplar and White Station, and my mother had 4 kids and a car only on some days of the week -- so I grew up with the mentality of having enough in the house so one didn't have to go to the store but a few times a month.

  3. Now remember what Warick said "go ahead just don't get rid of me".