I Am a Pen Hoarder

I’m getting to that point of packing where I’m throwing things in boxes whether or not they have a relationship to one another. I just want the things in the boxes. Part of the problem is that I have relatively poor spatial relations skills and cannot for the life of me make the boxes work out right. Mine always end up with these weird gaps, which, at this point, I’m stuffing with whatever comes to hand.

Also, it’s become clear to me that I’m a pen hoarder.

I knew this about myself, but a few days ago, I came across my high school diploma, thought This is useless, and threw it in the trash. No debate, no drama, just adios. I know this is how I should be about the pens. I know that the sane, reasonable response to the number of pens I own would be to throw almost all of them out and start over with, say, ten pens I like, and then when those pens run out of ink, go out and buy new ones. I imagine other adults use a system like this, but when I start contemplating getting rid of some of my pens, they all become my favorites, and I can’t do it.

This is how people wind up buried in mountains of trash.


  1. Chad
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    I’m that way about colored pencils. People always seem to be buying me colored pencils and I never seem to get rid of them.

  2. momster
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Keep the pens.Get rid of pens that no longer write but keep the isn’t unusual for writers to love pens.And pens have been a big part of your life going back to when you were a toddler.Think of them as a collection…not something you are hoarding;)

  3. momster
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    oops!lost part of my post,but you get the main idea!

  4. jp
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Also, pens don’t take up that much room. There are worse things you could hoard. Like heroin.

  5. jp
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Wait, the saying doesn’t quite go like that, does it? ;)

  6. Libby
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Donate the pens to a writing group! I’m sure there’s someone out there who needs them. Maybe Writers and Books? (Maybe that’s too much work.)

  7. adrienne
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Chad, I also hoard colored pencils. And regular pencils. And crayons. Basically, writing implements. Also notebooks. As my mother notes, they started me young with this habit.

    Momster, Enabler. ;) Love you!


  8. adrienne
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Libby, I feel like since my mom told me I can keep them, I’m going to go ahead and do that. :)

  9. Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Oh, I am UNpacking and finding out the same thing. I have a pen I picked up from my sister’s real estate agent, and she sold that house twelve years ago. TWELVE. Why do I still have the pen? And it doesn’t even work???

    I also am a paper whore – we coined that phrase in grad school. I hoard stationery, and pieces of colored cloth I like… Yeah. It’s not pretty.

  10. adrienne
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Tanita, The way I’m packing, I’m trying to spread the things I’m hoarding out among boxes so no one will know how much I have should they help me unpack. Of course, I kind of ruin that when I confess my sins on the internet. Also everyone knows I’m a little insane.

  11. Debra Gonzake
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I know exactly what you are saying! I recently moved from an office of 13 years to a cubicle and could not believe the # of pens I accumulated in all my drawers. Paper clips must also be added the list. Didn’t throw them away… they are in a jumbo size garbage bag in a new drawer in my new cubie! I was also surprised at how many pens were under my desk!!

  12. adrienne
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh, yes, and also paper clips. I have a lot of paper clips.

  13. Tonderdo
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I took all of my inferior pens to school last year & the whole HUGE drawer was gone in 2 months, most of them broken & thrown out on the roof. That’s why I loan out golf pencils. I don’t even let people touch my pens now.

  14. adrienne
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I did bring a quantity of my pencil hoard in to work a few weeks back to use here. So far, so good with that.

  15. Heidi
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    OMG!!! If you ever work in Germany (or other European countries) you NEED that High School Diploma! The Germans would lose their minds if you could not produce that – doesn’t matter if you have the college degree – they have to see the big picture, with seals, stamps, signature and in triplicate. Ach du meine Nase!!!

  16. pjd
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Darn it all! I was going to give you a pen for your upcoming birthday. You soooooo know you are going to get more pens, right?

  17. adrienne
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Heidi, I can probably get a replacement if it ever comes to that.

    Penny, Well, you know that I love pens. I got rid of a few I didn’t like, but I’m taking most of them with me. I use them; they’re small.

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