Make it rain (index cards)

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It's that time of year. Italian binders are broken, lined paper has become notes and pencil cases are full of shavings. Time to refresh the school supplies! I don’t know why all that junk we get in September only seems to get us a few months. Well, actually I do. The problem is our school supplies supply cabinet, which looked like this when I went to find a pencil earlier:

Its not the messiest thing ever, and the door still closes, so I could’ve just rifled through until I found the pencil, but I knew we could do better and be more user friendly. Also I’ve been to staples 3 times in the last three days and I am not going back to buy something I probably already have but can’t find.

So this is what I did. I took it all out, and looked at it, and then I tried to put like things together.

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I found a few red herrings. I mean, I don’t really know what all of this is . . .

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I found some lined paper, and some extra pencil cases, and even a few spare binders.  Apparently, we have a binder cabinet too. So, I threw a bunch of stuff out -- anything that wasn't pretty much brand new and in it's best shape. But there was one purely sentimental save:

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It's a pen that plays Jingle Bells when you whack it just right. And it lives in a Vera Bradley pencil box.

When it was all back in the cabinet, it looked like this.

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It makes me happy too look at. I mean, I’m no Kloe Kardashian, but I’m not embarrassed to show you a picture of my school supply supply cabinet. And one more thing, I have enough index cards to last a lifetime. Several lifetimes! Enough that I can even do this: