Notebooks All Around: A Look at (Some of) My Collection

Today I thought I’d just share some photos of various parts of my notebook collection and where they are scattered around my apartment:

Below is a corner of my office where I was going through boxes of notebooks and had stashed some used ones that needed to be put away. There are a few months of daily notebooks, notebooks already reviewed, notebooks to be reviewed, and some childhood notebooks. (All of these have now been put back in a closet– I try to keep the notebook clutter under control!)


A close-up of some of the daily notebooks. I write the dates they cover on the bottom.


On top of my file cabinet: some stray samples to be given away someday, and some stuff already reviewed, and a small looseleaf binder I used many years ago that I’ll do a post on at some point.


Here’s the shelves in one of my closets: shoeboxes full of small notebooks, and stacks of larger journals and sketchbooks.



Here on a bookshelf are my Moleskine City Notebooks (though I’ve since bought more). Amsterdam is the only one in this stack that I haven’t used yet. The others are New York, London, Paris, Istanbul and Lisbon.


And finally, this is the stack of notebooks-in-waiting I keep in my desk. These are all notebooks that have made the cut as ones I like enough to use as daily notebooks or sketchbooks at some point (mostly Moleskines, HandBook Journals, Piccadillies, and a couple of others). I’m not worried about running out at the moment… but only because I have an additional stack of spares elsewhere!


There are close to 100 notebooks visible in these photos, not counting the ones in the unopened shoeboxes and additional notebooks I have stored elsewhere. Welcome to my world!

12 thoughts on “Notebooks All Around: A Look at (Some of) My Collection”

  1. I love this post! 🙂 I love notebooks and have made a vow that I will start using pen and paper daily again. It’s the only real way to stay organized in my opinion.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Dude you have an obsession,
    but it’s an awesome obsession. Im drooling at these notebook collection pictures.

  3. My goodness – *drool*

    I was hoping you’d post something like this soon, and it is just as great as I thought it would be.

    Thanks for sharing. It looks like you have plenty to keep you busy!

  4. You do a great service. Now some of us don’t feel quite so nutty!

    (I have maybe 75 notebooks, sketchbooks, & planners)

  5. This is awesome! I feel much better about myself now.

    Just a question: what do you record in your daily notebooks? Do you use them as planners or journals?

  6. And here I thought having three full boxes of notebooks was bad! Thank you for making me feel better about having that many notebooks–now I can buy some more!

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