Let's all take a moment and realize that it's Friday. This week I've felt like I've been wandering around in a haze so I am ready for the weekend. However, we're still a few hours out and to fill that time, we're going to talk about something that keeps me partially sane. Stationary. You're probably wondering, "We came here for stationary....really?" Which would be true if this was written by anyone other than me, the resident stationary geek. This week we're going to discuss all types of stationary. The best to buy, places to buy for cheap, the best way to utilize stationary for the longest time possible, and some other realms in the stationary world. If you don't like it, you can stop reading but this makes me happy and I need some happiness right now because this week has been impossible and has felt like getting stuck in quicksand. But enough talk about my mental state. We're here to talk stationary.
Types of Stationary
You may or may not know this, but the amount of stationary in the world is wild. It's everywhere and you use some form of it at some point everyday. There's something for every need but here are the ones you need to take a look at. Lined stationary is the most common. It's standard for lists and basic everyday needs. There's also blank stationary that's nice for random times you need to jot down notes. I especially like the kind with little illustrations and designs because plain stationary is boring. When it comes to cards, I like to get ones that are personalized with the first letter of my name or the ones that have a sleek design. Just don't buy ones that are too busy because those are not the most eye-catching. A staple in my "collection" are notepads. I have so many and they all vary in size but they're handy to have around. I carry on in my everyday bag, my backpack, there's a couple in my desk, and when I travel, I always throw one or two in. Notepads may seem unnecessary but when you need to write something down really fast they're nice to have. Same goes for notebooks. You can never have too many. If you want, you can go all out and get the fancy stationary with a letterhead personalized to you with all the bells and whistles. From gold foiling to being made out of card stock. That might be a little much but the option is there if you ever want it.
Best Places to Buy
Stationary is sold anywhere and everywhere. The trick is knowing where you going to get the best prices because some places sell it for crazy amounts that aren't reasonable. The best places to shop that I really like are Hallmark, Target, Vera Bradley, and Walmart on some occasions. At all of these places, you can buy any type of stationary for between $12 and $15. Typically, I start my search at Hallmark because that's a lot of they're inventory then on to Target because they have a huge section just for this and they're normally really nice choices. They don't look cheap and tend to hold up really well. Vera Bradley is actually an accessories store. They sell bags and suitcases and a few clothing pieces but there is some stationary in the stores. The design/style is really creative and the stationary actually matches the prints on their other products. I put Walmart on here but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're in a bind. Walmart stationary is fairly generic and some of it is a little cheap looking but if you really need something it's a good place so you avoid breaking the bank majorly.
How to Prolong Stationary Life
Yes, this is actually possible for those who tend to go through it like Kleenex. Here is my tip to you. Only use a new sheet per week. I have a lined pull off notepad on my desk as well as a single sheet cube. Every week those get updated unless I have so much to remember and I have to change it out in the middle of the week. However, sometimes I still use the same sheet for up to two weeks especially when it's a slower period of work and not needing to get a lot things done. Another tip is only use 1-2 stationary items a week/at a time. This is especially true with notebooks. I've had a composition note book for about three years and I just ran out of pages yesterday. Another reason to work through things at a pace is for your peace of mind. Trust me, you do not want a million pieces of paper rolling around with potentially important notes or to-dos.
I hope you found this interesting or at least somewhat funny to read. Again, my week's been a rough one so I really wanted to do a chill blog. If this wasn't really your thing, next week's blog (the last blog of February by the way) will be something I think everyone will find fun and helpful. Thanks for hanging through this week with me and I'll see you next week!
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