21 Day Declutter Challenge: Recycling Crayons

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Declutter Challenge

I am now on day 12 in the 21 day declutter challenge. To get your own printable checklist, go here.  To view the challenges from previous days, go here.  Today’s task was to declutter my craft supplies. It seems that some days these challenges are cut and dry and other days they take on a life of their own. I started working on the “craft supplies” yesterday and ended up veering off in another direction. Let me explain.

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I am not very crafty, therefore I don’t have many craft supplies. This is my box of craft supplies. See! I’m not kidding. Should have taken me 5 seconds to get it done, right?

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Here is the problem. The box of craft supplies is located on the shelf on the computer desk. Maybe you can’t tell, but the desk is a mess. It is a hot spot of clutter actually. The craft supplies were the least of my problems. I was hoping to get everything on the desk and in the drawer organized.

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Another thing that was bothering me is that this desk has been badly abused by the kids. It has been scratched up, inked and sharpie markered in a bad way. That’s where things went way off course. “I bet I can get some of that marker out”, I thought. So I tried a few things and nope, still there. I asked for your help on my Facebook page and alot of you chimed in with great ideas. I tried magic eraser, pencil eraser, bleach water, toothpaste, nail polish remover, lysol, hand sanitizer and a number of other things that I can’t remember right now.

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Because I had let it sit this way for so long I was really asking for it to not come out I suppose. However, it is lighter.  The desk was a Craigslist freebie that I got about 7 years ago, so it really wasn’t bothering me that it was used and abused, that is, until I started cleaning it. As you can see, I think I made the problem worse.  I figure I can refinish it sometime during the warmer months, or if nothing else, it might make a nice potting bench outside if I get a new computer desk.

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Once I gave up on the desk, it was time to get back to the craft supplies. It really was very simple once I did it. Funny how the small things can lead to something much bigger.

Recycling Crayons

As I went through the box, I found a whole bunch of unattractive and broken crayons. I remembered seeing on Pinterest that you could recycle these and make them into new crayons. I decided it would be a good day to try Recycling Crayons.

Recycling Crayons

Out came the muffin pan. I put the crayons in the muffin pans. My kids had a good time helping to remove the paper. I put them in the oven at about 300 degrees for maybe 30 minutes. Just long enough to be totally melted.

Recycling Crayons

Just so you know, the plain white cupcake liners were not so great. The crayon kind of leaked out.

Recycling Crayons

The silver cupcake liners were perfect though. No leaks.

Recycling Crayons

This is how they came out. They kind of remind me of bottle caps. They are stackable too. My daughter then went on to create a masterpiece with them. So fun.

After all of that, I feel the need to finish cleaning the rest of the desk before moving on in the challenge. Hope it doesn’t take me too dreadfully long!

Tomorrow’s task: Finish cleaning the desk…

Print this checklist to keep yourself motivated. Click on the picture to make it bigger.

Declutter Challenge Checklist

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Comments

  1. Hi! I just read through your declutter posts. You’re doing great! I did a declutter challenge two years ago that actually helped keep us organized for a long time – most of what I organized then is STILL organized (two moves later). I’m probably going to join you in your challenge, just do it in February instead.

    Also, enjoy your top loading washing machine – with a front loader, if you don’t have the base to get it higher off the ground, you have to kneel to put the laundry in. Not very fun.

    • sweetdeals4moms says:

      Thanks for the encouragement Allison. I’m hoping I’ll be able to maintain the declutter for a long time!

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