Stationery Spring Clean (With the Help of Marie Kondo)

Stationery Spring Clean (With the Help of Marie Kondo)

Mar 20, 2019 Tags 

It's finally spring in Japan, after months of a freezing cold winter.

Spring is the time for rebirth and renewal, but not just in nature. It's also the time to clean, declutter and renew your home!

We've been inspired by the Queen of Cleaning - Marie Kondo! If you haven’t heard her name before, we'll introduce you.

Who is Maria Kondo?

Marie Kondo is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, as well as the crazily popular Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She’s inspired millions to simplify and organize their homes, and lives, with the KonMari Method™.

Marie has six basic rules of tidying up, but we think the most important is: Does the item spark joy for you? She also breaks up tidying into five categories, which includes komono (miscellaneous items).


Marie Kondo: Does it spark joy?


We handpick every item in our ZenPop Ramen, Sweets, Mix and Stationery packs to make sure they spark joy for you!

As stationery falls into the komono category, we thought we’d give you some creative ideas to display and organize your growing ZenPop stationery collection!

Easy Ways to Store Your Stationery

The simplest solution is to store your ZenPop stationery in your ZenPop packs! After a couple of months, you can split your collection into one box for notebooks, pens, washi tape and so on! 


DIY stationery storage ideaPhoto credit: lady_kawaii


How to Organize...Washi Tape

We love washi tape and always include a bright and colorful roll in each month's Stationery Pack.

So, if like us, you now have quite a collection, here are some great ways to organize it.

1. Old Cookie Trays

How simple and easy is this!

You can organize and display your washi tapes in plastic cookie trays.

Genius...and not just because you have to eat lots of cookies first!


DIY Washi tape holderPhoto credit: Organized31


2. DIY Washi Tape Holder

If you’re a bit crafty, this DIY washi tape holder is a great way to see all your rolls of tape at a glance.

Plus, it will look great in your home office or craft room. 


DIY Washi Tape HolderPhoto credit: Hometalk


3. Re-use or Re-repurpose Old Items

Reuse an old window or door shutter, add a few hooks and hey presto...another great and inexpensive way to beatifully display your washi tape rolls.


DIY Washi Tape Holder
Photo credit: Wermemorykeepers


5. DIY Washi Tape Storage Tray

Check out this video for another easy and inexpensive way to make your or washi storage insert.

How to Store...Pens

If you keep a bullet journal, a pen is your essential tool. And of course, you need more than one!

So what is the best way to arrange them?

1. Vintage or Elegant Display

This first idea is so kawaii!

We love how they’ve arranged their stationery to look like a beautiful tea set.

You could also use a collection of vintage or colorful glasses to make your own stationery tea party at home.


DIY Pen OrganizerPhoto credit: BHG

You could even decorate your glasses with cute washi flake seals or stickers, as Luna did with the washi stickers from ZenPop's Japanese Stationery subscription box (April's Sakura Pack!)


Luna decorates a glass with stickers from ZenPop's April Stationery Pack


2. Polished or Rustic Display

Or go for a more polished look, with a range of simple tins or pails.


DIY pen organizerPhoto credit: Pixabay


3. DIY Custom Pen Storage

We also love this DIY custom storage pen holder idea.


Do you have any stationery storage or organization hacks? Share them with us!

Check out our current ZenPop Stationery Pack.


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