I don't normally have a large collection of binders. Over the years, I've bought and sold a fair amount, but I usually only own two or three at a time. In the past, I've enjoyed being able to add some variety by purchasing something new and then selling the one that I had been using.
My 2015 acquisitions:
1. Oxblood personal Winchester - sold
2. Black A5 Hamilton - sold
3. Vintage Mulberry Agenda - given away, but got it back and money spent on repairs
4. Black personal Kensington - sold in 2014, repurchased and sold again in 2015 (face palm)
5. Tan ostrich print A5 Time/system - purchased when feeling a bit sorry for myself and I immediately had buyer's remorse! (to be reviewed here and rehomed)
6. Black personal Dundee - my main planner in use
7. Black A5 Stratford - given to me, to be rehomed
8. Vintage red slimline - purchased from Philofaxy reader gmax and used as a notebook
9. Oxblood A5 from Cordwain Higgler - awaiting delivery.
For those of you with larger collections or for those just starting out, it might be that nine acquisitions in a year sounds fairly reasonable. However, I'm a minimalist at heart so I feel slightly horrified by this (for me personally)... therefore I have decided to not spend anything on binders in the coming year.
Looking through my past posts here, I know I have a tendency to say something along the lines of, "I'm so happy in this, I won't be buying any more, I'm done etc." Rather than repeat this process, I've decided to spend a whole year using what I already have and to slowly sell any unwanted ones. I've felt quite fickle and muddled with all the binders and it certainly hasn't helped with my planning, which in my opinion is the main reason for owning one.
My current plan is to keep these four:
1. Mulberry Agenda - I do like the A6 paper size, but still have quite a bit of personal paper left so it makes more sense to be in personal right now. I may consider removing the rings or turning it into a Cabriolet
2. Dundee - after selling my personal Ascot, I realised just how much I love croc print binders (why I sold my Winchester). I repurchased my Kensington at the same time as buying this and the Dundee won
3. Red slimline - it's a great size for taking notes from books or when out and about, and I may use this as my main binder with the A5 for projects
4. A5 from Cordwain Higgler - despite my attempts to abandon the A5 size (why the Hamilton went), I have come to the conclusion that it is a useful size to have. I had planned to use the Stratford, but realised that I actually don't like it very much! It might have been free, but I've decided that I deserve to own an A5 that I like.
I am behind with some posts for Philofaxy, so will be writing about the Time/system, Dundee, vintage slimline and Cordwain Higgler A5 soon.
I, Anita Lim, promise to not purchase any binders or planners in 2016.
I swear by Philofaxy that the evidence I shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!
After writing this, Steve asked me the following tricky questions!
1. What if you are sent something for free?
Technically speaking, this wouldn't be a purchase, but it would have to be something very special for me to accept. For example, I'm not looking for a red personal Ascot or Dundee, but I would find it very hard to refuse a free one and would sell one of the others. I think it's very unlikely that I will receive any for free anyway.
2. Are you allowed to trade one for one?
No, not for the rest of 2016. I may consider relaxing this after the year is up, but the idea is to stop the crazy-making buying/selling cycle that I feel I have gotten into which I'm no longer enjoying.