If you’re like me, you have an innate love of office supplies and paper products. It seems a love of organizing and a love of the products designed to help create order go hand in hand. But as with anything accumulated in excess, too many office supplies can leave you feeling weighed down, or even overwhelmed.

Back-to-school time is a great opportunity to lighten your office-supply load by going through your extra office supplies or craft products, and participating in a local school supply drive. In my town, during the weeks right before school starts, school supply collection locations are set up around town at local banks and businesses, making it super simple to make a donation. It’s a great opportunity to do a bit of decluttering (those extra items you’d take a few lifetimes to use up completely!) and help a needy child in the process.

Check with your local school district or chamber of commerce to see if there are school supply drives in your area, and if so, find out the types of items they’re looking for. Then, go through your stash and pull out your extra pens, pencils, notebooks, loose-leaf notebook paper, glue, glue sticks, Post-It notes, pocket folders, colored pencils, rulers, and highlighters, box ’em up and drop them off! Your home office or craft area will have a bit more breathing room and you’ll feel great knowing your supplies are going to a terrific cause!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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