Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writing desk candid + washi tape storage

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Well, I haven't done such a good job of blogging again this month, have I? The good news is that I've been spending a ton of time writing postcards and longer letters, which has been a pleasure. I took a photo in the middle of writing one of those longer letters recently, just to share the mood of my writing desk. I didn't really tidy it for this, so you can see the current semi-mess in action, complete with messy piles.

I didn't set out to talk about this, but as I look at the photo, I'd like to mention my new storage system for washi tape. I mention this in part because I've been really, really into washi tape especially lately, and my collection has grown... thereby increasing my need for a decent storage system. I like to use the tape outside of a dispenser and place it by hand, and I also need to be able to see all my tapes at once. You can see some of them hanging from my bulletin board on a system I've rigged with hanging them on a ribbon between two pushpins; this is nice for visibility, but a bit of a pain for retrieving the tape unless they're the ones on the end. So, the ones I use less frequently gravitate to the middle.

The new system about which I'm most excited is a little less apparent here, but you can see it under and to the left of the hanging tape rolls, next to the mug of fountain pens. They are Mark's Round Pen Cases which I got from the beloved JetPens. Yes, they are technically pen cases, but when I saw these recently added to the JetPens website, the description mentioned storage for decorative tapes, and I thought.... hmmmm.... First I bought the black case, and then I loved it so much I bought another one in white. The round shape perfectly holds the washi tape, and the clear window lets you see what's inside, and it's easy to retrieve the tapes in the middle. Now my favorite, most-used tapes live in the Mark's Round Pen Cases for fast and easy access. As you can see in the photo, they stand up nicely on their own (though they could be hung quite easily using the zipper ring), and if I need to expand, I'll get them in different colors to differentiate. They also feel very sturdy, and would stand up well to travel, I think.

You can see some of my washi tape use on the letter on the desk. I have more ideas for blog posts than I'm sure I will ever execute, but this makes me think I should review some of the utterly adorable tapes I've found recently; the designs available have exploded exponentially in the past few years, and it's pretty amazing what you can find on a tape now.

If you have any nice writing desk photos, or washi tape storage ideas, or any other thoughts, please share in the comments!

8 comments:

  1. I'm trying to figure out my washi tape, too! I had it all nicely hanging by my desk on a clothes/coat hook thing-two per stick. Worked great-could easily see and get what you wanted, but... I got more for Christmas, and it no longer fit... At the moment it's in a box with a hinged lid, all laid out so if I open the lid, I can see them all at a glance and pull out which I want, but it's full. So, one more tape and I'm sunk-haha!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your storage method, Sarah! Is that a good method for containing your collection, or are you wanting to expand? :-)

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  2. Your desk looks so cozy and comfortable. I like those round pen cases for storing washi tape, that's a great idea. My collection has gotten quite large, so I use this spice rack - You Copia Spice Rack . They aren't as visible, but it keeps them neatly corraled and organized. I think it holds about 200 rolls and I do have a little room left - so far.

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    1. Oooh, Jackie, that spice rack looks like a great storage system! My only issue with that is I forget about tapes that I don't see, and I'd be disinclined to pull out each rack. However... for holding 200 rolls of tape, that is a pretty great system.

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  3. If it isn't seen, then I forget! Stickers mainly. Got some washi tapes but they are in a box sometimes under stuff so not always remembered.

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    1. I hear you, M - I'm the same way. If I don't see it, I forget about it... which is why I was so excited to have this storage system with the clear window so I can survey my options.

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  4. hi ilona, i'm a new follower of your blog. i adore snail mail. my dad was a rural mail carrier when i was growing up (1960-80's circa) i can't figure out how to share a picture in the comments.... anyway---i was using the empty boxes from foil. saran wrap, etc. it worked ok, but took up too much real estate on my table. i decided to get the spice rack thing (with a coupon at bedbathbeyond) i need to "see" my supplies as well, and i have to say, this has worked out really well for me. i have a couple pics of it, and will post if i can figure it out-lol enjoyed seeing your desk and letter writing-thanks for sharing :) jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny, thanks for your comment! I always love new followers. How cool that your dad was a rural mail carrier - he must have had a lot of stories. Unfortunately you cannot share a photo in the comments, but you can certainly post it somewhere else and share a link to it! Glad you find a storage system that worked for you, and I'm always interested to see how other people store their supplies.

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