My Pen And Pencil Addiction

I know I have posted before about how I am a pen and pencil whore.

I’m addicted.

I buy pens and pencils on clearance and at garage sales.  I buy them if I don’t have them or if I think they are look cool. I buy them when I don’t need them.

I buy too many.

I hoard them.

I was thinking at work today that if I went through drawing stuff I have to go through my pens and pencils.

I’m embarrassed to admit this but below is a picture of all of the pencils and pens I am hoarding.

Sad isn’t it?

Did I think I was going to run out?

Or that there was going to be supply chain issues?

What the heck?

I knew I had too many when I cleaned out my coffee table drawer and realized I didn’t have a place for them.  I put some of them in the cubby in the new reclining loveseat we bought and the others in a plastic bin.

Here is what I am keeping.

Here is what I am giving away

I’m keeping more pencils because that is usually what I write with. I love the feel of pencils when I write. The smoothness.

I can’t help it.

I love them!

I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened again.


Below is a picture of what I took out of one of the cubes in my office.


Yesterday I took I couple of the small bins downstairs but the more I thought about it the more I thought I should go through it.

This morning I took the rest out of the cube and brought the bins up from the basement and laid everything out on the living room floor.

That’s what I came up with.

How in the heck did I get so much stuff????

Do I really need all of the colored pencils?

What was I thinking?

I am totally overwhelmed. I can’t believe I have all of this stuff.

I know I wanted to learn how to draw and I needed different colors and shades, but this is ridiculous.

OMG! There are metallic, neon and regular colored pencils. Gel pens. Metallic colored pens.

What the heck? Did I think I was to run out?

Here’s what I decided to keep.

Here’s what I decided to let go of

I feel better!

I’ll take some of the colored pencils by my next door neighbor and see if she wants them for her grandkids. I’m going to sell a couple of items at my mom’s next garage sale and donate the rest to the school.

This makes me happy!

I’m going to add 13 more items to my list.

12 yesterday. 13 today. 25 total.

75 more to go!

I can definately let go of 100 items.

The Third 11 Items

The third 11 items is going to have to wait til next week.

I’m not sure if I have 11 more items to bring to the consignment shop, but I will continue to look.

I did take over 40 pieces of clothing that my step daughter left at our house when she moved to South Carolina to the consignment shop today. 

This doesn’t count for my items, but it feels good to get her stuff out of the house. I do have her permission to sell it. My husband wants that room to be his office again and then I can put an excercise bike in the sunroom that he is currently using as his office.

I’m sorry this is late. I thought I hit publish.

I must not of.

I’m still looking for 11 items so it might not be this week either.

Letting Go Of 100 Items Again

I opened up my Halloween bin over the weekend and didn’t like anything in it.

Not one item sparked joy.  I decided that I’m not keeping decorations that I  bought that was made by friends or family.  I’m not keeping anything that I don’t like.

Who cares if my house isn’t decorated for Halloween.

I want items in my life that bring me joy.

I’m letting go of everything in the bin.  The picture below shows what was in the bin.

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about letting go of 100 items again, but I wondered if I had enough stuff.

I think letting go of 9 items is a good place to start.

I do have one new Halloween item.  I bought a Holloween ghome a couple of weeks ago.  He’s so cute.  I couldn’t leave J. C. Penney without him.

He makes me smile.

That’s what I want more of in my life.

Things that make me smile.

I’ve been looking for new Halloween items, but nothing makes me smile.

I’m going keep looking.

I am taking the 9 items to the consignment shop today plus two other items that don’t bring me joy.

I plan on bringing 11 items tomorrow and 11 items on Wednesday to the consignment shop.

Letting go of 33 items in 3 days is my goal. 

Tomorrow I will show you what 11 items I am letting go of.

Time To Redo My Cabinet

Maybe a year ago I cleaned out and reorganized the tall cabinet I have in my kitchen.

I looked at the cabinet today and realized the bottom shelf is a mess and needs to be cleaned out.

Two weeks ago we bought an air fryer and I put it in the closet underneath the steps.

Last week after using the air fryer I realized storing it in the closet wasn’t going to work.  I really want it in the kitchen where it is easily accessible.

That’s when I realized the tall cabinet would be perfect.

Okay. I’m going to start cleaning the cabinet out. Where do I begin?

The first thing I’m going to do is empty the clear container with the candy in it and bring the candy to work.  There is also a box of fancy chocolate and a valentine’s day heart box of chocolate that I will bring to work.  Someone will eat it.

I dont like fancy chocolate.  I’m a m&m’s kinda girl.

I’m returning the egg cartons to my neighbor.  She brings us fresh eggs every week.  I love her!

I’m tossing the box of Girl Scout cookies I hid from my husband last year.  They taste crappy.

I’m keeping the empty yoplait and sour cream containers and putting the  in the drawer they belong in.

For christmas last year we received hot chocolate bombs with candy to put in the hot chocolate and coffee cups which is pictured below. I’m tossing the bombs.   I’m putting the cups in the consignment box. The Christmas bags are going in the goodwill box.

I’m keeping the first stack of rubbermaid dishes, but the stack to the right are going.  I don’t use them and don’t think I will.  I’m dontating them.

The end result is below.

It looks much better and it only took 5 minutes.

Yes I bought new cookies to replace the yucky box.  No need to hide them.  My husband doesn’t like them Lol.

It’s all good.

What’s In Your Hand Bag?

Three weeks ago I sent my hand bag out to get cleaned.

Yes, cleaned. And the zipper repaired.

Over seven years ago I spent over $250 on the purse pictured below in Las Vegas. I pondered on it for over a year and finally bought it. I didn’t want to spend the money, but I did and it was totally worth it.

I bought it at Brighton and with my purchase I get two free hand bag cleanings a year. I call Brighton in advance to let them know I’m sending my hand bag and they clean it and send it back to me.

I received my repaired hand bag back yesterday and as I am putting items back in it this morning I’m wondering if I really need to put back everything that was in it.

This is the perfect time to declutter my purse.

This is what I took out of it.

What do I really need?

My wallet.

The next question is do I really need everything in my wallet?

No. I found five cards that either were expired or the store has closed.

My checkbook. I need this, although I am getting a new checkbook cover. One that expresses who I am. I have one picked out, but I didn’t buy it yet. I hate the one I have now.

I have two coin purses. Do I need both?

The coin purse that has fearless written on it has miscellaneous cards in it. Grocery cards. I don’t use them. I usually give the cashier my phone number. Bank ID cards.

There’s also a bunch of junk. A bank card I haven’t banked at in years. A rewards card for a store that closed two years ago. A discount card for a thrift store that I don’t go into anymore. Place cards from a wedding my husband and attended seven years ago. And a card from the jewelry store we bought our wedding rings at 13 years ago.

All of that junk is in the garbage.

The coin purse with the xoxo on it is all of my room keys from the Vegas hotels I have stayed at. I have been to Vegas nineteen times.

Why do I keep them in my hand bag? I don’t know. I think I’m going to put them with my Vegas stuff in my upstairs cubby. I rarely show them to people and I don’t get them out to look at.

I think I’ll be ok.

My hand bag has two pockets on the outside. One on each side. In one pocket I have my counselor’s card in. I haven’t seen her since before the pandemic. I think I’m going to put them in my desk drawer. On the other side are a couple of loyalty cards that I use frequently and gift cards for Wendy’s and Culver’s and my library card. I also put my key fob in one.

I’m keeping my small flash light (it comes in handy), gum and dental floss.

That’s it. I really don’t have a lot in it.

I’m glad I took the time and went through it. It feels good and it’s lighter.

My hand bag looks amazing and I can’t wait to use it today. I missed it.

I’ve had this hand bag for seven years and I have never thought about buying a different one. I love the leather. I love the hearts on it. I love my matching wallet.

I love it!!!

What’s in your hand bag?

First Draft of 100 Items in 30 Days Complete!

I finished writing the first draft of 100 items in 30 Days.

As many of you know in October I let go of 100 items in 30 days. About halfway through October I wondered why I wasn’t taking notes for a book about my experience so I started taking notes and sticking them in a file.

I have the first draft written in pencil and my goal for March is to type and revise it.

I’ve decided that publishing (traditional or kindle) is going to be my main goal for 2021.

I”m crazy excited about this book and all of the possibilities. More books. A journal to go with the books. Classes.

The sky is the limit.

I have always loved to organize things and have thought about sharing this, but I didnt know what to do.

Now I do.

How exciting!

I will keep you posted on my progress.

My Wedding Dress

My wedding dress has been in a box in the basement for the last 12 years.

Will I ever wear it again?

I don’t think so. I would have to lose 20 pounds to get into it and I don’t see that happening.

Then why do I keep it?

I don’t know.

Usually I don’t think about it or even remember it’s down there, but yesterday I moved all the items out of one room in the basement so my husband could put up shelving to organize stuff better.

Every so often I think about letting it go.

I could donate it to the hospital. They have someone make funeral dresses for babies who are born stillborn. I know this may sound morbid, but it needs to be done. Bless the person that does this.

Sometimes I think about giving it to the thrift store or bringing it to the consignment shop, but that gives me a bad feeling in my stomach.

I never opened the box since it came back from the company I sent it to to get it cleaned to preserve it or whatever they do. I think about opening the box but will I wreck any thing by doing so?

I dont open it.

I sometimes wonder if I let go of my dress does that mean on some level I am letting go of my marriage?

When I think about letting go of my dress this is the question I ask myself. Will letting go of the dress unravel my marriage and will I end up divorced?

I know it’s a little silly to think this way. I think I’m a little superstitious in this respect.

Does anyone else feel this way?

Do you still have your dress? Why?

My mom thinks I should keep it because maybe I will celebrate 25 years. I would be 69 and my husband will be 67. Will we even be alive then?

I’ll probably keep it.

Just wanted to share what thoughts were rolling around in my head this morning while I lay in bad and write this.

Maybe I will look at what is in the box this morning as I’m putting stuff the shelves in the basement…

Writing Projects and Goals For 2021

A couple of weeks ago I read an article on line “Why Throwing out the ‘Old Bananas’ is Imperative to Your Success”  by Gabrielle Garrett.

According the Gabrielle you’re only suppose to have 3 or 4 projects (ripe bananas) that you are currently working on on your desk.  If you have more than that you are putting those projects on the back burner and they are rotting. They need to be removed because they are taking up space in your mind and on your desk.

I totally get that.

My office is filled with rotten bananas.  Unfinished novels and short stories.  Non fiction books.  Essays.

She’s right. They are clogging my mind and office.

After reading the article I decided to put all of the files in my filing cabinet (children’s book ideas, essay ideas, novel ideas) in a bin and put them in the basement.

I had essay and short story files that I worked on once in awhile on my desk and on my coffee table.  I picked out two that I wanted to work on and I put the rest in two small bins with a list of what files are in the bin.

The four writing projects I choose to work on are as follows:


I started writing thos novel for NaNoWriMo last November, but didn’t finish the 1st draft.

My goal is to have the first draft finished by March 31, 2021.

5 Minute Memoir

I’ve been working on this essay to submit to Writer’s Digest for the last two years.  (really rotten banana!)  I keep changing direction and never finish.

My goal is to have this finished and submitted by March 31, 2021.

If You Didn’t Like The Way The Election Turned Out

This article idea came to me after President Biden won the election.  I have a bunch of notes, but I need to complete the essay.

I would like to have the 1st draft of this done by March 15, 2021 and a market in mind to submit it to.

100 Items In 30 Days

As I was letting go of 100 items last October I wondered why I wasn’t writing a book about it.

I was thinking about writing a Kindle book.  Actually 3 books.  I don’t know anything about Kindle so I don’t know if it’s going to work or not, but I want to see what my options are. 

Book 1    100 items in 30 days

Book 2    The next 100

Book 3     Decluttering your work life

The first handwritten draft of book 1 is almost done.  Book 2 and 3 are a bunch of notes in a file.

My goal for Book 1 is the to finish the handwritten draft by March 1st and the typed draft by March 31 and to read five books on Kindle publishing.

Wow!  I have a direction.

Now I have to come up with a schedule.  I’ll have to think about this for awhile.  I’m not sure what is going to work, but I will figure something out.

I sold the end table last week.  It was just a dumping ground for my unfinished writing projects.  

I replaced it with the six cube organizer pictured below.   A cube for each of my writing projects. 

It’s not organized the way I want it to be, but for now it works.

My office isn’t completely organized.  I’ll write about it when is it.

I feel good about my four projects and my direction.

I’ll keep you posted!