My notebook stash is out of control. It fills two trunks, a cupboard, half a bookshelf and that’s just the ones I haven’t written in.
So far so stationery addict. I wasn’t concerned. And then I got hooked on Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show . It was time to think about tidying up my notebooks.
Regular readers will know I have hoarding tendencies so I’ve steered clear of the Konmari method until now. Truth be told I wasn’t willing to pull on that thread. But then Tidying Up was so good. And after they’d tidied the people were so happy.
I’m not there yet in terms of decluttering my whole flat. That will take at least two more series of Tidying Up if I’m honest. But what better way to put a toe in the tidying waters than by giving my notebook collection the Marie Kondo treatment.
Here’s how I got on…
These two silver trunks are where the majority of my notebooks live. Who knows what’s in there to be honest. I’d always been glad just to be able to close them but seeing Tidying Up brought it home to me that I didn’t know what exactly what notebooks I had and that meant I couldn’t make the most of them. And also that I was buying lots of the same type.
My first step was to put all the notebooks in a pile. This is the scary bit and I admit, it wasn’t pretty. Around about this time I was really wishing that I’d never even heard of Marie Kondo.
But I learnt a lot about my notebook collection, and how my tastes have changed in the last few years.
I chickened out of the next step. This was the getting rid of notebooks bit. The idea was to hold each notebook in my hand and see if it sparked joy. The ones that did I would put in my ‘to keep’ pile. The ones that didn’t, I would thank and prepare to redistribute. But I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a loophole that would allow me to keep my notebook collection intact.
This is the storing upright thing. In Tidying Up Marie Kondo is very specific about this and it’s the thing that I’ve taken most to heart. Tidy, huh? Only takes up one trunk. And most importantly, I can see exactly what I have.
I’m sure there are quite a few notebook collections that could do with some pruning. Anyone else tried the Konmari method or have an alternative, other than just, you know, not buying too many and throwing them away when they’re full up?
Next time, what I’ve learned about my notebook collection and what it is about a notebook that makes it spark joy.