Clearing My Desk: Organiser Giveaway

On Saturday 5th, it was Get Organised Day of National Stationery Week and I used this as my inspiration to get to grips with my desktop and desk drawers. I get rid of a whole bag full of rubbish and paper to be recycled, found room for all the bits and bobs that were cluttering up my desktop and stopping me using it to work at, and now it’s a lovely, tidy useable workspace again. Yay!

When I was investigating the forgotten depths of my desk drawers, amongst the old phones (I found a Nokia 3330 in a Tigger phone case) and old knickknacks (blue sparkly plastic recorder, anyone?), I came across a lovely mini-sized personal organiser. The calendar inside it dates from 2010, with one or two notes scribbled inside but, apart from that, it’s in perfect condition.

Mini Personal Organiser (Paperchase)

Mini Personal Organiser (Paperchase)

I bought this from Paperchase before I had a smart phone and was thinking about getting better organised, keeping track of dates but, in the end, I didn’t use it much as, soon afterwards, I got my first iPhone and never looked back, calendar-wise. To continue the theme of clearing out and life-tidying, I thought one of you lovely people might have a use for it even though I don’t. It’s such a cute design, small enough to fit in a handbag, and, because it’s a standard size, you’ll be able to get new, up-to-date inserts from any stationers.

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#GetBritainWriting, with National Stationery Week

I’m sure you can’t have missed the fact that it’s National Stationery Week this week, and it’s inspired me to do something a bit different; I’ve been writing handwritten letters and cards to people as part of the campaign Get Britain Writing.

Example of handwriting with gold pen

We all love receiving things that aren’t bills or junk mail through the post but how often do we actually send something to someone else? It’s so exciting getting a card or letter, more than a text, email or tweet – who is it from? What news do they have? Plus, of course, there’s all the beautiful letter-writing stationery out there. I think I certainly take for granted that I’m able to send a quick text or Facebook message to my friends but actually, because it’s so easy, I don’t do it as much as I should. There’s something about the extra effort needed to write a letter – choosing the paper, adding a funny sticker or two – or sending a card or postcard with a great design, that makes it more fun to do and more special to receive.

Next, I have a trip to the post office with some nicely full envelopes and then I’ll be waiting eagerly to see who replies! I really hope they write back…

Who will you write to, this National Stationery Week? What news is better shared on paper compared to pixels?

It’s National Stationery Week – and I’m a #stationeryaddict

Did you know that today marks the start of National Stationery Week? It’s organised by the London Stationery Show and all the big UK stationery names – Paperchase, Ryman, Sainsbury’s, the Post Office, Wilkinson’s, Poundland and John Lewis and more – are supporting it. What’s really great, though, is that it marks the culmination of the year-long campaign, Get Britain Writing, encouraging everyone to write letters, send cards or postcards to each other.

NSW 2014 Logo with sponsors - Get Britain writing

Organiser Chris Leonard-Morgan said: “With the nation sending millions of emails and even more texts every single day, receiving a handwritten note is becoming a rare treat, and one that many young people in the UK are yet to experience! Penning a letter is as good for the sender as it is for the recipient, lifting spirits and inspiring creativity as we take more time out of our day to savour and enjoy communication with friends and loved ones.
“Technology is fantastic and the ability to get in touch quickly and instantly is allowing us to engage with one another more than ever before. But the power of the written word cannot be overestimated and we hope that more people will reopen these channels of communication during National Stationery Week”.

Personally, I love receiving a handwritten letter or card, and I love writing them too. The only problem I find is remembering to write one… So, this week I’m going to start using the lovely stationery I have to send cards to people I might not have caught up with for a little, to say hello, ask how they are, let them know I’m thinking about them and maybe even see if they’ll write back too.

Will you join in with Get Britain Writing? Who could you send a card or letter to this week?

Find out more about National Stationery Week at their website, http://www.nationalstationeryweek.com