5 Signs That You’re A Stationery Addict

08/09/2017 Lifestyle, Lists 14

5 Signs That You're A Stationery Addict

The other day I was looking for a note I had made in a notebook about the novel I’m currently writing. Should be easy enough, I thought.

How wrong I was!

Simply opening my desk drawer was quite a task, it was so rammed full of notebooks and diaries, and pens and random pads of sticky notes…and then when I finally got it open I had to sift through it all to try and find the particular notebook I was looking for, right at the bottom. Eventually I found it (a pink, sparkly leopard print number from Paperchase!), but my epic journey through that drawer of notebooks and pens made me realise something: I have a serious stationery buying problem!

I always knew I had a slight hoarding habit, and I knew my book collection was pretty insane, but I hadn’t realised the ridiculous levels to which my stationery habit had risen! Apparently, a whole other addiction had crept up on me, so I thought I’d do a quick post here on the signs to look out for if you think you’re a fellow stationery addict. Hopefully, then you can catch it early, and get down to the local stationery-addicts support group (because I’m sure that must be a thing!)!

So here are 5 signs that you may be a stationery addict:

  • You have more than 5 notebooks you haven’t written in yet.

How many notebooks does anyone – even a writer – actually need? Maybe three or four for different purposes (planning different projects for example, or for different types of writing?)? Then each of these different notebooks could be replaced with a new one once it’s full.

Well, that’s probably what a normal, well-adjusted person does, but stationery addicts…not so much! We literally stockpile notebooks that we’ve bought ‘because they were pretty’, and assign purposes after the event. Or not. Generally, they just sit amongst the hoard, awaiting their destiny in a drawer, long after purchase. And there really is nothing sadder than a neglected, unwritten-in notebook!

  • An ordinary reporter’s notebook won’t cut it: you need glittery covers, dividers and all that jazz!

In the age of computers there’s a certain bizarre romanticism to writing by hand, and so as a stationery addict it can feel almost sacrilegious to write in a plain old notebook. It almost feels as if I owe it to my terrible scrawl to only put it in a notebook that is special, or at least has some sort of enhanced features!

  • You’ve uttered the words, ‘wow, this pen is a great writer!’

From my experience, normal people don’t tend to comment all that much on the performance of their pen unless it’s running out of ink and they are having some kind of pen-related rage.

Us stationery addicts, on the other hand, are connoisseurs, and like a fine wine, a fine pen is the greatest delight. No scratchy, patchy biros for us…only the smooth gliding of an exceptional roller ball or gleaming fountain pen will do!

  • Your answer to ‘does anyone have a pen I can borrow?’ is generally ‘Yeah, but what sort? Black, blue, pink, green? Bic or Staedtler? Ballpoint or biro? Or is this more of a fountain pen or medieval quill situation?’

Most people don’t think much about the vast variety of pens there are out there. If the one nearest to hand works, then all is well in the world.

Stationery addicts, on the other hand, know all the best brands, the best types and have a huge array to offer to the potential pen-borrower…but God forbid that you should fail to return the pen they have so carefully picked out for you!

  • You get ridiculously excited about innovative stationery.

Erasable pens? Colour changing pencils? To-Do notepads attached to magnetic clipboards that you can stick on your fridge? Planners with sections allocated to things you didn’t even know you should be planning? That’s more exciting than the new iPhone or latest game console to a stationery addict.

Imagine that: a pen that you can erase! It’s just like a pencil, but it’s a pen!

So does this sound like you? Are you a fellow stationery addict? Are there any signs of stationery addiction that I’ve missed?

14 Responses to “5 Signs That You’re A Stationery Addict”

  1. Tiziana

    I’m not a stationery addict, but your post was so fun to read. Especially this: “Or is this more of a fountain pen or medieval quill situation?” 😂
    Last time I was obsessed about stationery was back in my snail mailing days. I loved searching for pretty papers, stickers and glittery pens. Thanks to my penfriends, I also became crazy about Disney and Hello Kitty-themed stuff. I still have some of these hidden in my drawers. :O

    • Laura

      I really miss the days of actually writing letters! I was definitely a fan of pretty paper and glittery pens too, back in the day (and if I’m honest, I still love them!) 🙂

  2. Angela

    I love stationery – I love little notebooks and cute pens. I buy notepads like crazy. I have a notepad for like every room in the house, practically!

  3. Karolina

    I admit more than half of the post applies to me. I have so much stationary that I can equip my future 5 children for their whole school careers and still have some notepads and pens left.
    The thing about pens is that I keep buying them even though I just use two, a cheap fountain pen from Elle and a ballpoint from Zenith that isn’t produced anymore. So yeah I’m a Stationary hoarder and I like it! 🙂

    • Laura

      Haha, well at least you know in advance that your children will be well provided with stationery for when they go to school! 🙂
      I’m kind of the same about pens though – I have so many, and loads of fancy ones, but my absolute favorites are these pretty patterned biros I got from a discount shop for 50p each! I use them most of the time 🙂

  4. Jennifer

    The timing on this post. Just bought three lovely a5 notebooks. Then found four other lovely smaller notebooks and a few days later in the same shop I bought the smaller notebooks I seen nicer ones and had to find the strength not to buy more. I also have a few small ones on my bookshelf and a few in another cabinet. I have to buy a storage box just for my notebooks. So yeah, book problem and stationary problem .I need help:)

    • Laura

      I’m glad it’s not just me then who can’t resist a pretty notebook! And at least you now know you’re well stocked up on notebooks for ages 🙂
      I have a specific drawer for all my notebooks, but now it seems to have extended to a couple of drawers, and the collection is still growing… I’ll be drowning in books and stationery soon! I definitely need help too 🙂

  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’m actually one of the few writers who owns almost no notebooks—and the ones I do have are empty for years. I’m horrible about writing unless it’s digital! But my daughter might be starting your addiction—she LOVES school supplies, especially pretty pens and pencils!

    • Laura

      The ironic thing is that I don’t write by hand all that often either unless it’s a to-do list, or something I have to remember. Although I do have an ideas notebook, and I do sometimes force myself to write by hand, just to justify all the notebooks! 🙂
      And it does sound like your daughter is getting the addiction too! Mine definitely started in school too, when I actually had an excuse to buy lots of stationery, and then its pretty much gone from there 🙂

  6. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    So I never would have guessed I was a stationary addict but… I do fit quite a few of these items on your list, so… 😂 I have SO many notebooks, Idk what I am saving them for, but I hate the thought of even writing in them! And I am a sucker for sparkly covers, or adorable covers, or bright covers… you get the idea. And I absolutely have pens that are somehow, inexplicably superior to other pens.

    Here’s the irony, Laura- I am a disaster of a person. I am the antithesis of organization. So really, I have no business being an addict of anything that could possibly help me be productive, like notebooks or pens. This may just be some kind of level of hoarding 😉

    • Laura

      I get that too where I hate the thought of writing in pretty notebooks! I kind of just want to keep them pristine, but then that also seems like such a waste.
      I’m totally the same though, in that I buy all this stuff that could help me with organisation and then am still a total mess. It literally is just hoarding. Oh, the irony! 🙂

  7. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Yep, I feel this. I am a stationery addict and when I discovered that there was a subscription box for stationery I seriously had to hold myself back. I do not have enough draws to fit all the notebooks, pens, stickers, etc. which litter my draws. It’s good, I will always have a notebook for any new project I do, but it does mean I have a lot of half filled notebooks and pens I like to save for special things. It’s ridiculous but fun.

    • Laura

      There’s a subscription box for stationery? That sounds amazing! I must try and control myself and not Google that because if I find it, I will end up subscribing! 🙂
      That is one of the upsides – always having a new notebook for a new project – but sometimes I do like to save particularly nice notebooks for particular purposes too 🙂

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