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10 things to do with your notebook stash! (Contest + Open Contests!)
Sunday, August 28th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Claire Reed Warren!

If you’re anything like me, you have a stash of notebooks sitting in a drawer or on a shelf that you haven’t used and have probably forgotten that you even own. I get notebooks from family members because they know I hoard paper products and office supplies. I’ve never been able to pass by the $1 aisle at Target and not pick up some cute notebook. And yes, I do use some of them. Every purse I own has a notebook stashed inside for times when story ideas hit, but I still have sooooo many sitting around. The kids know this and hit me up for sketchbooks all the time. I love being their favorite “store”—but those requests don’t make a dent in my stash. The picture above is of notebooks I had stuffed into the bottom of my inbox tray!

So, I thought it might be fun to create a list of ways to use up my stash and give those lonely notebooks a purpose!

  1. 🎁 Birth dates and gift lists
  2. 🤶 Christmas lists
  3. 💻 Computer app passwords
  4. ✨ Happy thoughts and sayings
  5. ⚰️ List to help family sort your stuff when you die, also who gets what!
  6. 🖥️ Blog ideas
  7. 🛍️ Grocery/shopping lists
  8. 🎨 Craft/Art project ideas
  9. 📚 Story ideas
  10. 🗒️ To Do lists

Wow, that made me think. Now, I’m going to hit up my daughter for labels for my notebooks!

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22 comments to “10 things to do with your notebook stash! (Contest + Open Contests!)”

  1. Laura
    · August 28th, 2022 at 10:26 am · Link

    Journals of daily thoughts. Art doodles. I have a stash but I don’t use them. I gave up when I noticed I didn’t have the discipline to actually use them. I have some where I use a couple of pages and then nothing.

  2. Steph
    · August 28th, 2022 at 11:01 am · Link

    Ive made a vacation notebook
    A concert bucket list
    And I keep
    One for Christmas cards who sent who I sent to and Christmas gifts.

  3. Diane Sallans
    · August 28th, 2022 at 11:08 am · Link

    Family stories & lists – cars that have owned by family members, jobs, vacations/travels, pets, best recipes

  4. Bridget Werbin
    · August 28th, 2022 at 11:43 am · Link

    Makes me want to pick up some notebooks!

  5. N. J. Walters
    · August 28th, 2022 at 12:12 pm · Link

    Lists of books and authors. I used to have a book filled with all the authors and books I read.

  6. Colleen C
    · August 28th, 2022 at 12:16 pm · Link

    I keep lists

  7. Cheryl McMahan
    · August 28th, 2022 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Plot ideas, list of character names and their bios for future novels,

  8. Michelle
    · August 28th, 2022 at 2:06 pm · Link

    I have start art journaling, watercolor whatever and around it daily I have a card pull, a motivational quote, a to do list, a gratitude list, a daily sketch from my day, and a section for pondering. That seems like a lot in writing! Another journal I started for experiments, like today I will complete a class for laughter yoga. My reason for the experiment and then a what happened after.

  9. Mary Preston
    · August 28th, 2022 at 3:52 pm · Link

    You could use them as journals or diaries.

    My mother had a personal list of who got what when she died, as well as a will. Made it so much easier. It was a lovely touch too.

  10. bn100
    · August 28th, 2022 at 5:25 pm · Link


  11. Beverly
    · August 28th, 2022 at 5:45 pm · Link

    I have one I use to write all my reviews in & then I have a record of which I’ve done & the ones I still need to do. I also have one with lists of authors & their books by series, ones I have are marked off. That way I know which I still need. And I mark what I’ve read. Unfortunately, there are a few lists I’ve not got up to date. Just too many books keep coming.

  12. Mary McCoy
    · August 28th, 2022 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Recipes, character names

  13. miki
    · August 29th, 2022 at 7:48 am · Link

    i use one to keep track of the colors i have for crossstitching
    one to keep the ist of manga i have

  14. Eniko
    · August 29th, 2022 at 7:55 am · Link

    Since you are creative, you could give them as gifts to family and friends, by personalizing the covers … shells, keys, fabric, jewels.. etc

  15. Alison Rush
    · August 29th, 2022 at 4:51 pm · Link

    Memory books
    Make a book for your grandkids or kids and
    Give to them on 26th bday or graduation

  16. Jennifer Beyer
    · August 29th, 2022 at 8:24 pm · Link

    Garden log! It’s time to start planning for next year!

  17. ButtonsMom2003
    · August 30th, 2022 at 1:55 am · Link

    My hubby and I both love office supplies (we are both retired-LOL). He uses notebooks for taking notes at the various meetings he attends for our mobile home park.

  18. Pansy Petal
    · August 30th, 2022 at 1:57 pm · Link

    I thought I was the only one to stash notebooks. ;D I have one with quotes that I like or that touched me in some way from books or wherever. Of course, and I am kind of surprised you didn’t mention it, but I have several that I journal in. The grateful notebook. The Rant notebook. The why notebook. Sometimes it’s all in one, but I do have more than one. Then there is the diary notebook – appointments and/or things needed for said appointments. Kind of a hybrid to do list. Notebooks are handy for all kinds of things.

    · September 3rd, 2022 at 9:49 am · Link

    I used to keep one for budgeting and bill payment, but have pretty well switched to a spreadsheet now.

  20. Claire Reed Warren
    · September 3rd, 2022 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Bucket lists-to read, to visit, to wear

  21. Delaine McLafferty
    · September 5th, 2022 at 12:06 pm · Link

    I don’t have a notebook stash. Never interested me.

  22. Delilah
    · September 6th, 2022 at 5:42 am · Link

    So many great ideas for using up those myriad notebooks I’ve collected. I especially like the idea of using one for character names. I tend to jot down notes in weird places then forget what I’ve written. 🙂

    The winner of the gift card is…Claire Reed Warren!

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