How to Start Using Your Stationery Collection (and Stop Hoarding): A Comprehensive Guide
Are you a chronic stationery hoarder? Is your collection of pens, notebooks, and other stationery items starting to stress you out?
If so, you're not alone. Many people accumulate new stationery faster than they can use it, partially because they abandon projects and partially because they don't know where to start. In this blog post, we'll provide you with tips on how to start using your stationery collection and stop hoarding.
Step 1: Organize Your Stationery Collection
The first step to using your stationery collection is to organize it. Take all of your stationery items and sort them into categories such as pens, pencils, markers, notebooks, and sticky notes. Once you have sorted your stationery items, you can store them in a way that makes sense to you. Make sure they’re readily accessible for the times that you will need them. For example, if you frequently journal at the end of the night leave it by the nightstand and if you journal on the bus to school in the morning then leave it in your backpack.
If you need some more help, this video by JetPens gives some amazing tips on how to separate and store your supplies.
Step 2: Set Goals
Setting goals is an important part of using your stationery collection. Ask yourself what you want to achieve with your stationery items. Do you want to start journaling or be more organized? Do you want to write more letters to friends and family?
Whatever your goal is, pick a number of days per week that you intend to work towards it. Once you know your goal, write it down on a sticky note then keep somewhere that you’ll see every day – like your bedroom mirror, bulletin board, or on the refrigerator.
Step 3: Start Small
Starting small is key to using your stationery collection. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to use all of your stationery items at once. Start with one item, such as a notebook, and use it for a specific purpose, such as journaling. Once you have established a habit of using one item, you can start incorporating other items into your routine.
Step 4: Make It a Habit
Making using your stationery collection a habit is important. Set aside time each day or week to use your stationery items. For example, you could set aside 15 minutes each morning to write in your journal or 30 minutes each Sunday to plan out your week in your bullet journal.
Step 5: Enjoy the Process
Finally, it's important to enjoy the process of using your stationery collection. If you aren’t enjoying your experience then you won’t ever use up your supplies. Don't worry about making mistakes or creating perfect pages. Remember, the goal is to create SOMETHING, and you’ll never finish until you start!
Remember to organize your collection, set goals, start small, make it a habit, and enjoy the process.