Yes, that’s me. I’m shamelessly addicted to office products! Since I was about 10 years old, and got my first typewriter, I knew that I wanted to work in an office when I grew up. But I had no idea the addiction that would bring. Slowly it started by harmlessly collecting pens and pencils in school. But by high school, I was carrying six to twelve Bic pens in my purse on a daily basis ~ but only the blue ones, I hadn’t yet “graduated” to black.
I guess things didn’t really start to go downhill for me in an uncontrollable manner until after I got out of school and started my first real job working at a non-profit help agency as their Receptionist. It was there I discovered bullfrog clips, LARGE paper clips ~ I’d only ever seen the small ones before ~ and then colored paper and file folder labels. And it began to snowball as I continued in my career as Receptionist, moved “up” to Administrative Assistant and then Executive Assistant!
By the time I reached my position at the American Heart Association as Admin Assistant to their IT Director, Marketing Director and Planned Giving Director, I was all about “decorator” accessories. I wanted my tape dispenser to be floral and my stapler to be zebra striped. Even my pens had to be exceptional for every day use, but I kept Bic for professional needs and went on to black super fine point Sharpies for my Notary Public responsibilities.
I still keep “unusual” mousepads on hand, and yes, I recently contact-papered my desk because I just could not stand that awful “file cabinet beige” any longer! I’m so ashamed! When I realized about 10 years ago that I had, what could only be described as a “stockpile” of various pens at home, I knew there was a problem. I found them… they were in various parts of my house being held in zippered pouches of all kinds. I think I found five or maybe even six pouches of pens! Some were floral, some plain, some were glittered, all were colorful. I kept them hidden from my husband for fear that he’d like one and try to take it from me! I bought him some mechanical pencils to keep him off track.
Then it happened ~ I started a new job in 2008 (where I currently am); a job that entails a lot of manual hard-copy filing. When I first went into what were going to be “my files” to manage indefinitely, I almost went into cardiac arrest. The labels on the file folders were in complete disarray and inconsistent ~ and worse ~ filed wrong! That’s when I knew I had hit an all time low and was going over the edge with file folders and their labels. I could handle that the majority of my files had to be that God-awful manila 1/3 cut folder, but I was able to placate myself with some of the “lesser” files and recolored some using blue, green, yellow, purple and red file folders. I was even able to print some of the labels in color using the laser printer. Such relief! (BTW, I did manage to redo ALL 1500+ file folders so that their labels matched in font and style at least, and I refiled them correctly so they were appropriately alpha-filed!)
I knew it wouldn’t be affordable or feasible to get some of the prettier file folders for my office, and I grew accustomed to having to deal with that. But I am planning on purchasing some of these newer finds for my home office in the very near future. You see, I can’t resist! The colors are intense and exciting, and they come 12 in a pack! How could I not?!
Don’t judge me because I’m addicted, or because I have good taste. Indeed, be kind, it could be YOU!
Next week, my quest to find a matching stapler, tape dispenser and (dare I hope?) a staple puller!