Let me tell you a quick story about my dad. He has a laptop bag (it was a briefcase back in the day) and it always was (I’m sure it still is) full of stationery, all neatly organised. I remember looking at all the pens and other bits and pieces and wanting to just help myself (I didn’t, not that I remember anyway). My dad is pretty protective of his stationery, I’m talking a sticky label on the bottom of a stapler with his name on kind of protective (sorry dad, I had to say).
Anyway, I’m not sure if this is where I get it from but I love stationery too, it’s becoming quite the obsession! So, following on from my Lots and lots of lists post I thought I would share the reasons why I can never have too many notebooks, pens, sticky labels etc etc…
Picking out a new notebook.
I could easily lose an entire day wandering around shops checking out the stationery section and poring over the notebooks. I have all different sizes, shapes and patterns and most of them are empty because I far outweigh my writing with my notebook buying but I could just sit and look at them and think about what I’m going to use them for (is that a bit weird?) even if for a long while they will stay untouched. It’s got to the point where I am often gifted notebooks because the people who know me are fully aware that I am obsessed with them! As I said though, I can never have too many so, family and friends that is not an invitation to stop!
Feeling more inclined to write.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love writing and I wouldn’t ever stop but there is something about having a really good notebook to write in that makes me more likely to do it than spend my time watching TV or something. It’s not just a notebook that helps with this either, a really good pen does as well! Although, when it comes to pens I sacrifice pretty for something chunky, preferably one of those ones with multiple colour options so I can colour code what I’m doing as I go (am I taking this too far?!)
Helps with my need to write lists.
This one is kind of obvious, I’m not going to be able to write a list if I don’t have something to write it with and on to. Yes, I know there are other options but as I explained before I really like to actually write a list down, and tick it off of course, can’t forget the most important part!
I love organisation.
I feel so much calmer and happier if everything is organised. That can be my wardrobe (all my clothes hang according to type), or it can be the mugs in the kitchen cupboard (all handles facing the same direction) or it can be how I place the cushions on the sofa. Whatever it is, I like a sense of order. Stationery gives me that order. Colour coded sticky labels or dividers to organise everything into type makes me feel better. I guess if it looks messy, it feels messy to me, does that make sense? I will give you an example. I have an organiser and it is broken down into sections. I have everyday tasks, gifting (isn’t it always someone’s birthday?!), finances, blog etc etc. I used to be the same when I was in Uni, I would have endless sticky labels sticking out of textbooks with key words on them so I could find a quote in a hurry for an assignment (yep, every assignment was a last minute all-nighter for me)!
So, I suppose after writing this, I have reminded myself of what I already knew; firstly that I love stationery just because, and secondly that it helps me with my incessant craving for organisation.
Do you love stationery too? Or do you crave order in your life? Or are you reading this thinking I just grab a scrap of paper and any old pen? Let me know, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Until the next time…Jess x