Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sticker Hoarding

Last night I wrote in my planner about a trip to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and I suddenly remembered I had some Koi and Gold Fish stickers that I had bought in Japan about four years ago. I pulled them out and realised I had never used them, not even one sticker! I quickly set about to remedy that but when I woke up this morning I was still thinking about the unused stickers.

Stickers from Japan, four years ago, used for the first time!


I had a quick flick through my sticker collection in the back of my pencil case and it was confirmed. I am a sticker hoarder. There were numerous sheets from the first time I visited Japan that were barely used and many more had joined the collection since then.

Stickers hiding at the back of my Smiggle pencil case.

My current sticker collection.

It's not that I don't ever use stickers, I certainly do! But I will often debate if what I want to stick them on is "worthy" and often I come to the conclusion that it is not. So many times the sticker sheet in question is returned to the pencil case unused. 

Hello Kitty stickers given to me by a student.


I realised it was a bit like having a good set of crockery. It takes up space in the back of the cupboard and rarely comes out. We weigh up every opportunity to use it. Is this occasion special enough? Is there a risk of it being broken? We are lucky if the good dinner set comes out once a year.

Kikki K stickers. The ones on the left are felt.


I've come to the conclusion that there is no point in a good dinner set. Every meal should be a special occasion and we shouldn't deny ourselves the opportunity to admire something so beautiful everyday. The same goes with the stickers!

Stickers from Japan.


A resolution has been set! I am going to take more opportunities to use, and to actually enjoy my stickers. There is no point in waiting for the "perfect project", it may never come! Perhaps in actively using them I can overcome the guilt I feel when I admire a sticker sheet and think, better not, it will only join the pile and not be used.

My favourite stickers from my first trip to Japan.


What stationery items do you hoard? What stops you from using it? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers!



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