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Journal storage.

Ever since I started journaling way back when I was a wee little kid, my main goal was to keep it private. I wouldn't write in the company of other people and I'd hide my journals when I wasn't writing in them. I had no real reason to do this, I trusted my family and even if they had read it, they'd only know about my boyhood crushes and things of that nature so it wouldn't have been the worst thing. I just wanted to keep that all hidden.

Recently, however, I've been more open about talking about my journaling, encouraging my friends and family to start doing it, and doing it out in the open with others around. It's become more than just a hobby for me, it's something I need to do to keep me sane. Because of this, I've been seriously considering taking all of my journals (going on 40 volumes now) out of the storage chest I keep them in and displaying them in a bookshelf. This way they are easily accessible to me and I can openly admire them. This is something I've never even considered in the past, so as silly as it sounds, it's a big step for me.

So the whole point of this, really, is to ask you all how YOU store your journals. Pictures would be lovely...once I get a bookshelf I'll be sure to take some of my own. I would really love to hear all your thoughts on this!


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Sep. 14th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
My journals are for me - and always have been - more than 40 years of them of all different sizes.
Most of them are stored in plastic bins - 3 of them and the more recent volumes now on the floor of the closet awaiting another bin.

Since my journals are also my plan books, i keep the past three years handy on the bookshelves in my bed room. They are simply stacked according to year. Since for the past 14 years i have been using the same brand of sketchbook and i use 12 to 15 a year,they are not particularly visually attractive. I keep them on a bottom shelf. They are there for reference in case i need details on past activities.

Sep. 15th, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)
Temporary! This is where I have my paper diaries & journals. It's packed full so now would be the perfect time to find a new place for them - I'd prefer they be on a shelf and I feel a little bad they don't match but they are what they are and they're mine. Even though they won't look "pretty" on a shelf - too bad I hadn't used matching journals but I started doing this at 11 years old! - I still think it'd be neat to have them on a shelf to easily get to when I feel like going down that memory path.

diaries & paper journals
Sep. 15th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
I think there's something beautiful about having different journals. The exteriors could be reflective of your mood, maturity as you grow, or even style or preference of writing. There's potential for each journal to have character. Even if you couldn't develop any kind of association, matching journals now would be reflective of a "then" and "now" period. :)

On the plus side, if you began matching journals and then suddenly found yourself without a matching journal no longer being produced, you would then have an odd one out.
Sep. 15th, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
Mine are in a large plastic storage container in the spare room cupboard.
Sep. 15th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
picture of diary containers
My diaries are stored in those plastic bins and boxes-1977-2014

picture of my diary containers

Edited at 2014-09-15 02:27 pm (UTC)
Sep. 16th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm actually aiming to go in the opposite direction. I have my journals on the bookshelf but I want to get a storage chest to keep them in. It's not a privacy issue (I live with my husband and he doesn't have any desire to read my books) I just hate how they look on display... they're so rundown and ragged.
Sep. 24th, 2014 07:22 am (UTC)
Here's mine.
Here's my journal storage. I used small "treasure box" decorative boxes. I, too, have been considering using an armoire, bookshelf, or something else instead. I like the privacy of these little locking boxes, but it's a pain to cram them all in again after I look through them.

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