Midori Traveler's Notebook · minimalism · Simplify · Stationery/Office

Stationery Minimalism – Shopping My Stash

I did a video a while back in late 2016 about my journey to pare down on things I didn’t need stationery-wise. I talked about all the blank journals I was still holding onto and my intent on using them up. I’m happy to report that I am well on my way to doing so. As soon as I posted my 2017 Journal Lineup video, I soon moved into a new everyday journal, with one of my favorite covers, a whimsical scene of a bear on a magic carpet going off to new adventures.

The pages inside have equally fairy tale-like illustrations, which makes for a nice change to the blank pages of a Traveler’s Notebook insert, but I sometimes find the illustrations too dark to write over, therefore they take up quite a bit of potential writing space.

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This journal has carried me through most of May. Now, I have moved what is called a novel journal, where classics like the entirety of Alice in Wonderland (which is the one I have) is printed in tiny font to make up the ‘lines’ of the pages. I can re-read the book and journal at the same time. It’s colorful, which is quite different from my usual style, but so far, I am enjoying the change. Part of the charm is that it’s really reminiscent of what I used to use back in high school. With it, I’m using a blue 0.7 Muji pen. I usually hate writing in blue ink, but this pen writes so smoothly on the paper and since it’s a pen I need to use up – I’m not fighting it. It works.

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In the last few months, I haven’t been shopping for supplies. I have, in fact, been shopping my stash, rediscovering some supplies and making a point to use up others. With my new desk nook, I am able to have more things displayed, which keeps me in-the-know of what I have so I don’t purchase more.   Among those items are my stamps. Fun to buy, but easy to collect, I’ve struggled to use them on a regular basis, but lately, have made a point to reach for them and just have fun layering designs and colors.

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I’m quite happy with my progress and the challenge of tightening my budget on art supplies. Like other mindfulness exercises, it’s teaching me on the importance of being happier with what I have and not with what I want. And I enjoy the process of expanding my creativity with my tools, rather than constantly seeking new things to experiment with.

How are you enjoying your own stationery minimalism journeys?

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