Whether you use basic ballpoint pens for your writing tasks or your pen use tends to the more sophisticated gel pens or markers for scrap-booking and other crafting pursuits, most people accumulate a collection of pens in the home or office. Store pens properly to ensure their long and productive life and to prevent messy leaks in your pen storage containers. With basic attention to pen storage, you can keep the ink in the pens ready to write.

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Store pens either vertically or horizontally.

Step 1

Place caps on pens that have caps and close other pens to prevent leaking.

Step 2

Store many pens vertically or horizontally, depending upon your preference. Basic ballpoint pens and felt-tipped markers store equally well, whether you place them in a pen jar or in a drawer. If you store ballpoint pens vertically, store them with the pen tip down to ensure the ink stays near the tip and the pen is ready to write when you need it. Vertical storage options include a pen jar, a coffee mug, a clean soup can or a small flowerpot.

Step 3

Store gel pens and specialty markers horizontally to keep the ink from leaking out of the end of the pens. Horizontal storage will also keep the ink from drying as fast inside the pen. Horizontal storage options include a desk drawer, a plastic container (some come with drawers) or a pen box.