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  1. Beautiful website! I came across this page as I’m looking for tips on how to use notebooks et voilà! I’d add a list of 50 things I like about me. I did that once, it’s a great (and difficult) exercise (friends can help).
    Anyway, thanks and keep it up 🙂

  2. This is a great post. I have one book journal – to be read, own, finished with notes, lent/borrowed. To eliminate tons of scraps of notes, you have inspired me to make a TV/Movie journal for titles/dates/streaming service, etc. Also a gift journal (back to 2010) to keep track of what was given, ideas, where in the house I stored the purchases, birthdays. Maybe what we received, so no re-gifting mishaps. I look forward to exploring more of your posts.

  3. I am writing a journal of my life for my children …..I am 75 now so thought it would be nice for them to know something about me while growing up and also some of my secrets. I have included holidays with my parents, Christmas traditions, old boyfriends, things I enjoyed doing when I was young and places I went, plus people who were important to me.

    1. Carol Myckan says:

      Great idea Daisy! I am 85 years old , and I am doing the same thing .It is good for our memory and a great legacy for our kids. I started 5 years ago and I enjoy picking up my books and going through them. I never get tired of them. I have a mixture of everything in my books.
      Its so enjoyable !

    2. That is absolutely beautiful. I want to do this for my kids as well and I will include recipes for them in it too 🥰

  4. I have this really nice notebook that i dont know how to use.

  5. Äntligen har jag insett att min hamstring av anteckningsböcker och pennor är normalt. Tack för att ni finns, kära medsystrar!! (Translation to English: I have finally realized that my hoarding of notebooks and pens is normal. Thank you for being there, dear fellow sisters!!)

    1. Cute ally says:

      This is very useful, thanks! Now, I’ll go start writing my favorite Tsum Tsum notebook and Pikachu notebook that my teacher gave me. Thanks soooooo much!

  6. This was really helpful thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you!!!! I love it when you think. At my age, thinking is a detriment. Your suggestions allows me to abandon cleaning house. The notes from others are a delight, too.

  8. Der Shelby, I discovered your Youtube Channel in 2018. Your recommendation on Julia Cameron way of an artist have had changed my life. I am writing morning pages since June 2018. I have filled 36 Notebooks (seize B5). I am afraid of having no Notebook when I finished one. So I buy a new journal whenever I find a nice one on this seize. In Germany they are rare 😉 I use Notebooks for sessions at my therapist. On the right side I note all themes I want to talk about, afterwards I write all thoughts on the left. So I do with the Journal I use for visits to the doctors. I suffer many disseases. So I obtain an overview of. Also I have got a diary to paint on I wont fall asleep. And there are two more Notebooks I use for spirituell quotes or memorable quotes in books. Last but Not least there is an journal where are all helpful hints are in to manage my complex posttraumatic stress order.

    1. These are great uses, Abigail! I think I might have to steal that technique for notes during therapy, that’s GENIUS.

  9. Thanks, this is really helpful. I’m taking on bullet journaling, and I needed a place to start.

    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful, Maggie! I hope you have a blast starting your bullet journal.

  10. I have been collecting notebooks for a while and had not really thought about what to do with them. This has given me so great ideas! Thank you so much for this great list of ideas!! Love this site!

  11. Wonderful ideas! I will be sure to share it!

  12. I love this! I have a HUGE issue with buying notebooks and I have soooooooo many!!!! This will come in so handy, will be trying a lot of them!

    1. Yay, I’m so glad this list is helpful! Hopefully you’ll be opening up some of those notebooks soon 🙂

  13. Thanks very much It’s really very useful you’re creative thanks for your effort babee❤️❤️❤️God bless you ?

  14. Great suggestions! (and yes, I do have journals . . .) How about a wine journal with the label if possible, and details about how you liked it, where you bought it, etc. There are so many times that I couldn’t remember what it was that we enjoyed so much.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      That’s a great idea!

  15. I have a few note books that I haven’t used and this post has given me a lot of inspiration. I’ve always loved looking at other people bullet journal spreads but never done one myself, maybe it is time that I did. Between work, my blog and hobbies I dont get a lot of time though.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I’m so glad this article could provide some inspiration! I know it can be tough to find time to work on your spreads, but I’ve always found it well worth my time. It helps me stay in touch with my creative side, and makes sure I set time aside to practice painting and lettering.

  16. My mom bought me a notebook, and it was expensive and beautiful, i dont know what to do with it, that is the same worth as the notebook itself

    1. Same thing is happening to me???

  17. I am going to be getting a new camera soon so that I can finally work on my photography. I plan to use many of these ideas on organizing what I see in the outside world, as well as my pictures! Very helpful with helping my organize my deadening amount of empty notebooks!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I had never even considered keeping a notebook specifically devoted to photography. That is a great idea, Toby!

    2. What a great idea, Toby! Thanks for your creative suggestion. ?

  18. Anonymous says:

    OMG!!! Thank You soooooo much! I have so many blank notebooks, just lying around, that its kind of sad. Now, I can actually use them!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Have a blast putting those journals to use!

  19. I have a load of empty journals . Seems like now i have to get new ones to do everything mentioned here❤️

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      That really is the only logical solution, Tanya 😉

  20. This has hit me going crazy I have so many journals !! Now I know what to do with them
    Thanks, Kristi

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      So glad it was helpful for you Kristi. Time to put all those journals to good use now, huh!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I hope you found some great ways to use your notebooks Eva.

  21. Oh my god, I don’t feel guilty anymore to buy more notebooks and journals, it feel great. Thanks for great ideas ??

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      You really can’t go wrong with a good notebook, right Mitra?!

  22. I thought I was weird with all my blank books. Just love the covers and possibilities! Thanks for letting me know I’ll not alone! Time to get writing! ?

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      You are definitely not the only one, Joanna! There is just something about blank notebooks that tend to call our names 😉

  23. Fantastic blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused ..

    Any ideas? Thanks!

  24. Unfortunately the book, which I actually wanted to buy is no longer just a dollar. It is 17.80 on Amazon. SIGH,,,,,,,,,

  25. I’m guilty of this, too, and I hoard pens. (Well, you’ve GOTTA have something to write with in all those journals, yes?)

    One idea I didn’t see on your list is one that I’ve been doing for about 10 years. It’s our household entertainment binder, sectioned off for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Summer (which encompasses Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day) and Other.

    Yes, we entertain plenty. At least six parties a year. I don’t use a form, just the same headlines for each event: Title, Day/Date, Time, Menu, Who’s Invited, Who’s Coming, Who’s Bringing What. From these outlines I can plan my shopping lists for food, paper goods, etc. Also, the dividers have pockets so I can store recipes in them for whatever function we’re hosting. When it comes time for food prep, I put all the recipes in a magnetized binder clip on the fridge to refer to as I’m cooking.

    On the back side of each planning page for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, I draw out the two tables in my house and work out a seating plan. I like our guests to sit with people they normally wouldn’t choose to sit next to. It makes for better and lively conversations, plus you learn about each other.

    I started doing this notebook my husband would ask me, “Well, who came last year and what did we eat?” I did save my scrap papers of planning notes — somewhere! — and came up with this idea and was able to put ten years’ worth of party plans into my binder. It’s a life saver.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      This sounds like a wonderful way to plan out your gatherings MaryAnn!

  26. There is a lot of us journal and planner hoarders out here, only we are all struggling to admit it. Right now i am overboard with creating planner pages in Microsoft word, every time in open my BuJo/Planner it seem I need a new page for something. Now, I know that sounds a little crazy, after all what is a BuJo for, only creating any kind of page you like, right? Well I am not creative enough to design a hand drawn page, and I tend to use a page over and over once I create it. So drawing it over and over is not for me. My BuJo is in a 2 inch A5 three ring binder because I like to be very organize and I am definitely to systematic for my own good, so i move pages around a lot. Getting very chatty and all, this is the way I like my journal and I am very happy with it. I also use a lot of self-made stickers of flower and such of over my journal that I find on Pinterest, they are my favorite, and it keeps me going back to my journal and faithfully use it.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Sounds like you have a system that works really well for you which is wonderful Robin!

  27. Do you have any ideas for school things? I have recently bought 6 huge books and decided to do english, science, geography revision in them and also a homework log however I can’t think of anything else to go in my teo other books, apart from lessons, I was going to write stories but that’s in english x

  28. I love your ideas and have started a bullet journal that is partly dedicated to planning an international move. But my issue around hoarding notebooks is that most of mine (I have maybe 10) are partially filled with stuff – the pattern is that I will pick a new one at an airport or a train station before traveling, and fill in a few pages, and then by the time I get home it’s lost in the shuffle. It’s actually in weeding and consolidating for my move that I have gotten them all in the same place!

    Long story short: any suggestions for coping with partially filled notebooks?

    1. Ooh, that’s a tough one, Emily! I know exactly how you feel. I, too, have had to face moving with tons of journals filled with only a few pages of writing. It’s quite the pickle!

      You could tear out the pages you wrote on, save the pages in a file or scan them onto your computer, and either start fresh with the journal or toss/donate it. For a few of my notebooks, I’ve actually just flipped through it one last time, decided that it isn’t really important, and recycled the whole thing. I feel guilty for an hour or so, but I forget about it before long because it truly wasn’t important. And a few notebooks have continued to travel with me because they contain something I care about, and I’m not so strong as to actually get rid of all these half-baked journals!

      Anyway, you’ve got a tough job ahead of you. Good luck as you try to pare down your half-used journals!

    2. If the partially filled journals have anything even remotely worth hanging onto, I suggest leaving those pages as-is, then affix a cute marker of some sort to the next blank page and take off with something new from that point. The junk journal trend has sort of loosened my notions of how a layout should be done. On the other hand if it’s nothing you want to save then just carefully tear them out and recycle. I don’t have a problem with torn-out pages, and you can glue some cute ribbon or fabric trim in there to cover up the torn edges. Good luck!

    1. DALISHA BASAK says:

      Don’t you have a youtube channel???

  29. Janie Varley says:

    OMGoodness! I am in the right place!
    I have always been in love with paper, and often send a box of notebooks to my friend who is a writer. Her stuff is good enough to want to save it in something beautiful, and it gets it out of my house. I am such a hoarder!
    My sister tops us all, I think. She has always kept a journal, but she journals in poetry! I swear this is true!
    I will return, I love your shared info!

  30. Gloria Fidalgo. says:

    My sister send me the link to ths blog and this list gave me new ideas, Since i was little i love stationary and since then been collecting notebooks, pen, pencils etc… There are so many beautiful stationary out there i just can’t help it, my room is full of notebooks i always love the “Papeleo” that’s spanish for paperwork i remember that i said to my parents back then that i wanted to be a secretary when i grew up, just because to have to work with papers, well i love stamps, stickers, folders (since elementary school i been using folders) now that i am in the university i clasify the papers that were given to me in class in folders, each class has it’s folder, i put the papers in sheet protectors ” for this i use the folders with prongs” and then put all the sheets with their protectors together and it bacomes a book of the class, i also use the folders to storage and classify different papers. But since little i used notebooks to write down things for example, my favorite songs by the year they came out, let’s say all my favorite songs from the year 2009 they are under the year 2009. But i did this from the year 2000 to the year 2010 because then the style change and is not the same as before, every decade has a diferent style although there are new songs that i like but it’s not the same when you are growing up, my music are from the 70‘s till the 00‘s this last decade is when i grew up i was born in 92, I know the oldies thanks to my mom since little i been hearing 70‘s and 80‘s music (although i hear, that babys can hear from inside their mother’s womb and my mother told me she used to listen to music when she was pregnant of me and i believe this is true because i love all the oldies even disco.) Thanks, Gloria! ????

      1. I really loved this. I have so many note books I don’t know what to do with.

        1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

          Hopefully you have some really great ideas now, Mirza!

  31. I have been journaling since I was about 4 when I learned how to write. I love it. I wish I still had all my journals because there is so much info I have forgotten. I always write down my feelings, places I have been and other stuff. It is in my blood! Thank you for giving me more ideas!

    1. If journaling is in your blood, Kate, then you have absolutely come to the right place. I’m the same way! I actually managed to keep a few half used diaries from when I was very, very young. While they are hilarious and cringy to read, I’m so glad I can look back on little me and my kid problems!

  32. Janey Wolff says:

    Love all these ideas for notebooks – I have so many too! One question I have though – is how do you keep track of which notebook is for what, when they are all on a shelf – I have lots of spiral notebooks and can’t put a label on the side – how do you identify which is for which ?

    1. Ooh, great question Janey! Mostly, I keep all my stuff in my bullet journal! My Morning Pages journal sits on my windowsill away from the rest, and my other notebooks sit together on the bookshelf. Since I only have a few separate ones from my bullet journal, I usually just flip through them to find what I need. I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer! The only thing I can think of is using different colored ribbons or something in the spiral of the notebook to keep it distinct from the rest. Good luck organizing your journals, Janey!

  33. Can you please tell me how you would use a notebook that involves Broadway or theatre or acting? Besides writing a musical. Please write to me as fast as possible.

    1. You could make a label using a label maker and glue the label to a ribbon and tie it onto the spiral to dangle on the side. That will make it clear as to which notebook you are grabbing from your shelf. Have fun with your notebooks.
      Margie. (Notebook Horder)

  34. I use a journal to keep track of bills such as credit cards, car payments, insurance premiums, etc.–a page for each. At the top of the page is the creditor name, address, telephone number, due date, and contact person if applicable. Then list the balance and basically keep a ledger each month. In the event I lose a bill, I don’t go into panic mode because the information is easily accessible.

    1. That’s a fabulous idea, Alona! I really need to get more in the habit of doing just this. With so many bills and such, it’s worth it to keep such a detailed record so nothing slips through the cracks. Thanks for sharing your method!

  35. Great ideas, thanks for sharing!
    I am a total notebook-hoarder. Anything stationary, really.
    I’ll definitely will be starting one for handwriting/hand lettering practice 🙂

    Some other ideas are: taking notes from blogs I read (I have one for home-related notes)
    a money log, or an inventory book 🙂 I still have to start on the latter!

    1. You and I were cut from the same cloth, Janine 😆 I have so much stationery that I’ve collected over the years! And I think having a place to take note from blogs is a great idea, especially as you grow your own. It’s great to get that information down!

  36. I love your blog, Shelby????????????????????. I use my journals to paste memorable pics and write down about them. Love your Ideas…..

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  38. Great post- but Tiny Ray of Sunshine didn’t come up with Gratitude Journals???? Almost 20 years ago Oprah started a huge movement after reading Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnatch In 1997

    1. Oh, I totally meant that Kim was where I first saw it in that format! But yeah, I guess I did word it that way, didn’t I 😆 ? Thanks so much for the link and for stopping by my blog!

  39. My husband and I wrote down our wedding ceremony into a beautiful notebook. On our anniversary every year, we write each other a note. We add stuff in like movie tickets and such.

    1. That’s a beautiful idea! Pulling out the wedding journal and adding to it creates a wonderful tradition. I imagine that’s got to be touching on every anniversary.

  40. I use it to plan out what I’m going to wear to work everyday for the coming week. I note the days on the left and then I have three columns across the top: Bottoms, tops, toppers. That’s basically my uniform every day. Which pair of pants or skirt Kama which top, shell or blouse, and which sweater or jacket over the top of that? Every night I set out the clothes that are on my list for the coming day. No worries for the whole week. This also helps me know what I need to make sure is clean before the week starts. I have found writing this in my journal and following it makes my mornings go so much smoother and gives me a little extra time to savor my coffee.

    1. This is a great idea, especially for folks who are trying to slow down their mornings a little bit. We could all use a little extra time for coffee!

  41. Thank you so much for this, it helps me a lot 🙂

    1. I’m glad! I still have a bunch of journals lying around, but I’m much better about actually using them nowadays. It’s so hard not to collect them!

  42. Absolutely love the idea of the mutual love letter journal. In this digital age, we’ve lost the art of writing well thought-out letters. There are a number of notable individuals from history whose love letters to their spouse were preserved, and their eloquence, thoughtfulness, and charity for one another astounds. Our communication today, emails and texts, are too often too short and simply transactional. Keeping a love-letter journal with your significant other is brilliant!

    1. Thank you, that’s a lovely way of putting it! I actually originally had this idea as a preteen – I bought a journal to give as a gift to my parents so they could do this. They weren’t too keen on the idea 🙂 Now, it’s just so nice to have beautiful things written down as a keepsake, for ourselves and for our eventual families. That’s a really nice piece of history to leave behind.

  43. You are my kind of girl! I love notebooks and have so many of them for just about everything I do. Mine are just plain and wish they looked as pretty as yours. I even have my husband started on one, too. Notebooks are a super way to stay organized.

    1. Aw, thanks Patty! There is nothing quite like pen on paper, is there? We are obviously cut from the same cloth 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting!

  44. I came across this post today and loved it! I love buying journals and notebooks and gave way too many colored pens for one person! I’m also somewhat of a perfectionist so while I live journals, I’m always scared to mess up one. You post helped me overcome that a jump into a cute little notebook that I’ve had for awhile. Thanks!

    1. Sorry for the typos. I have way too many pens. I love journals. And your post helped me overcome that and jump into a new journal.

      1. No worries! And I totally understand the desire to make a journal perfect, to want to keep each page beautiful. I still have some journals that I haven’t yet dare touch because of this. Think of how many fantastic ideas are never brought into the world because of the fear of it being “imperfect”! I’m getting better every day, trying to accept that mistakes are a part of life and move on. It’s tough, but totally worth it. I’m glad you feel a little more comfortable jumping into your notebook. I hope you can materialize your amazing ideas and share them with the rest of us through the beauty of pen on paper!

  45. I do something similar to #1, but I do it at night. Often when I am lying in bed trying to sleep, I have a million things going on in my head. Maybe it’s something I need to say to someone or something I need to remember to do or something I need to remember to take with me or just some completely random thing which isn’t even important. Whatever it is, I don’t want it cluttering my head at that hour; so I just jot it down in the notebook and deal with it in the morning, and I sleep comfortably knowing that I won’t forget whatever it was.

    1. That’s a great way to do it! Sometimes you remember the most important things or have the best ideas when you’re trying to fall asleep. Catching it all on paper is an awesome way to handle it!

  46. Helen McBriar says:

    i use a blank binder as a recovery journal for my depression. i have a blank spiral bound notebook in the front and dividers for my important things. i have a pintrest board i add to every night for 10 mins and the nxt day i write up the things i need most from it. i have found it to be good therapy for me. just wanted to let others know about this idea to help them

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