If you’re a kawaii stationery hoarder like yours truly, you may have an issue with finding a satisfactory way to store it all (especially if it’s a collection that is still growing!). A couple of months ago I faced the same problem and hit Pinterest for some help, only to find very few ideas and photos that illustrated how to store things like memo pads.
I ended up winging it, but eventually I found a setup that let me store everything in one area so that it is easily accessible and organized so that I know exactly where to look for something. Here are some ideas and tips to save you the hassle if you’re in the same boat!
For sticker sheets, I use the sticker sheet file folders by King Jim. They hold 40 sheets per folder, and you can find them on Amazon Japan as well as Cute Things From Japan. I love them because they are a fairly inexpensive and neat way to store a growing sticker sheet collection, and they basically fit all but the very largest of the sheet sizes. If you live in the US, Michael’s also has a very cute unicorn sticker album available!
I’ve ultimately decided to store mine in trading card pages inside binders from the brand Èccolo. I couldn’t find the same ones online, but you can find something similar at places like Paperchase. This method works really well if you have a major amount of sticker flakes!
There are plenty of different storage types when it comes to washi tape, but I opted to use this acrylic drawer set that I stumbled upon while shopping one day. I like this system since you can stack multiple drawer sets for more space if needed. You can also find similar ones with various drawer counts on Muji, Amazon and eBay by searching “acrylic drawers” or “acrylic storage.”
And again, if you live in the US, Michael’s is a great source of storage ideas; the 3-drawer washi organizer is an inexpensive option when the storage is on sale.
Memo Pads & Letter Sets
In fact, most of my overall stationery storage system consists of drawers in different sizes. My largest drawer case houses all of my memo pads, letter sets, and envelopes. Having multiple drawers with vary depth makes it simple to organize them by size. You can find one comparable to mine on Amazon. There are also smaller, less expensive options here and here; the latter has plenty of colors to choose from!
(Tip: for readers in the US and UK, TJMaxx/TKMaxx is a great store to find storage drawers in!)
Smaller drawers come in handy for storing small ephemera and random bits that you may want to save for journaling. I have a mini drawer set where I store freebies from online orders among other things I can reuse.
The great thing about storage is that the system you choose is highly customizable to your needs, and with some time and research, you don’t have to break the bank to create your ideal setup. It’s also highly satisfying to have everything in one place!
Dear readers, are you a stationery collector? How do you choose to store your collection? Let us know in the comments!
Andi lives in the countryside of Georgia in a house packed with kawaii decor and vintage toys. When she’s not barricaded in her pink craft room creating something, she can be found reading, playing Animal Crossing games, or baking something to satisfy her massive sweet tooth. Andi is currently taking a mental health break, but hopes to be back in 2023.