I envision a home with at least two rooms devoted to the following: a library of reference materials of my own choosing; AND a room devoted to Office Supplies - all neatly lined up and waiting for me as if I were entering an Office Max or Staples! Yes, I love them! I have "acquired" them from companies where I work, conned pens out of people's hands, routinely hit a favorite drugstore where there is a clearance section often containing marked down items - that I may or may not need ever in life!
Back to School time for kids is my favorite time of the year. All the goodies are out, like around August- and even though I don't have any kids to buy for anymore - who can tell just by looking as I wander down the aisles filling my cart with reams of paper, stacks of notebooks, folders at 10 for $1 (I love red, blue, and black ones).
Some years back, I learned that corporations tend to throw away piles of paper for which they no longer have a use. These can be old reports, presentation packages etc. anything which has been printed on the one side. That leaves the back side for drafts. So I have acquired a ton of such thrown out paper for scribbling notes and working on drafts, and writing concepts.
If I get my hands on any lightly colored paper, I tend to use it for second and third drafts, etc, and save all the "good" stuff for final copy.
I also dive head first into anybody's trash when I see a handsome 3-ring binder being tossed out. And it is an absolute sin what I can do on the job with the company copier and printer! Hmmm....you know, that may well be a subconscious reason why I haven't turned loose my day job. My goodness! Could I really fear being denied access to all those floppies, blank cds, paper, pens, pencils, the copier, the laser printer, etc.?
Excuse me while I go off and have a seriously reflective moment .... meanwhile, if you are interested in anything more, email me or post.