I believe the whole nation can be divided into two categories. Those who love stationery and those who just need it. The later of the two was the child at school who always had the chewed pencils, broken rubbers and pencil cases with things scribbled all over them. The kind that you would never want to borrow from and you certainly would want them touching anything of yours.
The other category is one which I am ever so proud to say that I belong to – stationary lovers. I needed to have something new at the beginning of each school term, whether it be as small as a new pencil or as large as a full pack of colour changing felts tips I had to have something. On school trips, some children would spend their pennies on sweets, bouncy balls and model dinosaurs. I, on the other hand would spend my time fingering the over sized pencils, retractable pens and coloured crayons. With every new year of school came a new stationary craze. From crisp packet pencil cases to fountain pen erasers I had it all!
This is a habit which I, and many of my stationary loving friends have brought into the office. The joy of a brand new notebook or the feeling of the first scribe from a new pen is indescribable. Each notebook brings with it a promise of change, a promise to be much tidier, and more organised than last time. A promise to start each page with the date and write neatly on the lines at all times. With the pens we promise never ever to scribble, and to never allow any other pen to grace the pages of the new notebook so long as we shall live. All of these silent vows are rarely kept longer than a week, but the ritualistic aspect of them is what matters.
When it comes to the appearance of my office supplies, anything that looks academic is a sure fire winner. With my colour coded exercise books and pencils with erasers at their tips, my desks looks like an advert for boarding school and I love it!
And the gadgets! Whilst we’ve moved on from pencil cases that look like cans of pop, us stationary lovers still get all a flutter when a new type of mistake corrector or heavy duty stapler is released. So next time your ordering your office supplies, take a thought for all the stationary lovers in you office and order them something that will fill them with child like excitement.