1. Pens – I had pens, pencils, and markers everywhere! I got them all out on my table and wrote with every one of them. Anything that didn’t work was immediately thrown away. That included pencils with hard erasers that wouldn’t erase any more.
2. Paint – I love to paint! But I don’t even remember the last time I threw away paint so I decided to tackle this too. Many of my bottles were dried up. Into the trash they went. Some colors were almost used up and others I didn’t have any ideas for projects for so they all went, too. I got the acrylic paints down to one plastic shoebox.
3. Multiples – When I started organizing I realized that I had multiples of some tools. In the past, I’ve occasionally just bought a new tool when I couldn’t find the old one. So I passed my extra tape measures, pincushions, and rulers on to someone who could use them.
4. Tools you don’t use – I have my favorite pliers that I use for making jewelry. When they wore out I went and bought more just like them instead of using the pliers I had. When I organized I found 5 pairs of pliers that I never use.