Do you store your pens in a cup, a case, a bag, a pouch, a drawer, a desk, a cupboard, a box, or a bin? Do you organize them by type, by brand, by colour, or do you even bother to organize them at all? Do you keep them out where you can admire them, or do you hide them away to keep them safe from errant pen thieves? Just how do you store your pens?
|A pair of homemade pen rolls.|
I store most of my pens in these two cases. These pen cases are great because they lay all of my pens out for me to see, and they keep my pens in order. For some reason, I am absurdly fussy about keeping my pens in a particular order in the case. Don't ask. In the photo below, the top case contains what I consider my "everyday writing" pens - Pentel EnerGels, Sharpie Pens, Zebra Sarasas, ballpoints, etc. The bottom case holds my super-fine-tipped gel pens (Uni-ball Signo DX, Pilot Hi-Tec-C, etc.), of which there sadly are not very many at the moment, as well as a few other odd items.
Most of the rest of my pens find a home in my other voluminous case (shown in the photos below). This case holds pens that I consider my "art and craft" pens (and other items): Sakura Gelly Rolls, Staples mini gel pens (okay if you're looking for super-cheap gel pens, but I wouldn't recommend them generally), a Sakura Pigma Brush pen, a pair of fine paintbrushes, a pencil sharpener, and sets of paint markers, watercolour pencils, Pitt artist pens, and Staedtler triplus fineliner pens.
Of course, there are always a few pens that don't end up in any of these places. Some linger in the top drawer of my desk. A handful typically sit loose on the top of my desk. These are usually the ones that I don't really like, so I suppose I am secretly hoping that someone will see them there and take them away.
So, now that you've had the chance to check out my pen storage, how do you store your pens (or not)? Have you come up with any innovative ideas for managing your collection? Or do you just stick to the traditional pen cups and pen cases?