Obsession Confession – Office Supplies

A few months back, I made an obsession confession about toilet paper.  I’d like to make a similar confession about office supplies.

I am obsessed with office supplies.

I look forward to late July when the school supply displays go up.  I love the smell of a fresh ream of notebook paper.  I adore color coordinated file folders.  I even kind of like tax season because the stores all have these amazing displays of office supply stuff themed around tax day.

My latest obsession is ARC.  ARC has taken me to either (a) my happy place or (b) a deep dark place from whence I will never return.  The answer depends on who you ask.  I say (a) and my husband says (b).

Let me just warn you that if you have an office supply habit (you know who you are) and you haven’t heard of ARC, then you do NOT want to click on my Pinterest Board devoted to the subject of ARC. Or the one on Smashbooking.  Or the one on Washi Tape.  Just… look away.  

It was enough to make me unfaithful to my beloved 15 year planner brand of choice.  I have no regrets.  NONE! 

Top Five Warning Signs You May Have An Office Supply Obsession

I am obsessed with office supplies.  I came face to face with just how big of an issue this is for me when I was preparing school supplies for back-to-school.

As a public service, I’d like to give you the warning signs.

1.  You can shop for school supplies from your own cabinet.  I kid you not, 60% of what was on the list for school supplies was already in our house.  I did not have to buy crayons, markers, glue sticks, erasers, pencils, or folders.  They were all already in the house.

2.  You have a separate cabinet for the kids’ supplies and “the good stuff.”  I have an entire drawer full of pens and pencils that is available for general household use.  There’s a separate box full of markers, abandoned crayons, colored pencils, and whatever shrapnel I come across.  Then there’s MY supplies.  All neatly arranged in by color and type.

not all office supplies are created equal

3.  You have an opinion on best writing implement for any circumstance.  My current obsessions include erasable highlighers and a very specific brand of pen from Germany.  I have both in every color available.  At one point, I was obsessed with a specific brand of mechanical pencil.  I had a small box full of various pencil accessories – colored lead and extra erasers.

4.  You have a pen organizing strategy.  

pen organization method

5.  You have more than one Pinterest Board devoted to office supplies.  I have at least three.  Four if you count the one about filing strategies.  But I may be adding more.  I’m thinking a board devoted to beautiful hand-crafted pens would be fun.  Or maybe one about mechanical pencils.

You have been warned.

Should you or a loved one find yourself at risk of an office supply obsession, please do NOT try intervention.  There is no known cure. The condition is highly contagious.  

office supply top five

Care to share?  Are you experiencing any of the warning signs of an office supply obsession?

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I don’t have all of those but I’m definitely in your camp. My idea of a fun time is browsing the aisles at the office supply store or section. I got to go to Staples for the first time a few months ago and I was beside myself with joy. I can definitely shop from my office supply closet, too.

  2. I have definitely volunteered to take young nieces, nephews and neighbors school supply shopping just as a cover for my own obsession with office supply stores. Flair markers and Sharpies in as many colors as possible are my biggest weakness. But let’s be honest, my true weakness is everything in every aisle…
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  3. Ha, love it!

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