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Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Filofax Set-Up (Inaugural Blog Post!!)

Dear Readers (if there are any out there who happened upon this blog) welcome to my first ever blog post.  Please be patient as I learn my way around how to do this properly. :-)  It's a bit intimidating since I've been reading and following other bloggers who are so fantastic!  Warning:  this post will be long with pictures included.  I'm allowed!  After all it's my first post!

This first post, I think, is very apropos since I discovered the world of blogs when I stumbled upon the Philofaxy blog; a lovely online community of people interested in Filofax planners.  So, why not have my inaugural post dedicated to introducing you to my obsession healthy interest in Filofax planners???

Although I have a collection of Filofax binders at my disposal, I have been using my newest one, a personal-sized Ostrich binder.  I did a guest review of it here.  Since getting this binder, I'm afraid to say, all of the others have been set aside (lovingly).  My Ostrich reigns supreme.


I've already reviewed my binder so this time around I will give you a quick peek at the set-up.  This is something that I tweak from time-to-time.  Right now I'm pretty happy with it and it serves me well. 

There are five main sections:

  1. Diary
  2. Notes
  3. Projects
  4. Information
  5. Flylady

Only the Information and the Flylady sections have subsections/subtabs.  I'll talk a little about each section in a bit.  First the miscellaneous "add-ins".

I have a clear top-loading envelope with a picture of my children as the first page in my binder.  I love opening the binder and catching sight of their beautiful smiling faces...and they are such hams!  Makes me smile each time I see the picture.  Next I have three drawings that my children made for me.  Another pick-me up!


After the drawings I have a transparent flyleaf that houses a variety of sticky-notes for my use throughout the binder.  Love, love, love stickies!


Then begins my first main section...

Diary/Calendar
I use Filofax's cotton cream week-on-two-pages format.  It's really working for me.  I've considered using a different insert - would really love to be able to use the Dodo-pad diary but I just know that the grid would be waaayyyy too small for me.  Please, oh please, Lord Dodo consider elongating the height of the grid!!  Anyway, I list work appts in red, family in green, and my personal appts in blue.  Love the color-coding system!


Notes
The first page here is a running list of shopping needs - grocery store, home improvement, etc.  The remaining sheets are blank pages so I can jot down notes to my heart's desire.  I only use this section for personal notes.  I have an Aston A5 that I use at work.


Projects
Just a couple of sheets of Filofax To Do pages for personal tasks to accomplish...not really long-term, complicated projects.  I think I'm going to add a sub-tab here for blog ideas, cuz I'm a blogger now!!! 


Information
I have subsections here, which really means separate pieces of paper with a Post-It tab for each: 1) Critical numbers/addresses, 2) Grocery expenses tracking, 3) Bill payment schedule (to avoid those pesky surprises), 4) Birthdays/Anniversaries, 5) Gift Ideas, 6) Store/Service hours & numbers, 7) Medical, 8) Books to read, 9) Music/Movies to get, and 10) Dog health info.  Sounds like a lot, I know!  Most of these are only one page.


(okay, we're getting to the end, folks!)

Flylady
There are five subsections here that I've made just like the info subsections...each has a 
Post-it attached directly to the paper: 1) Routines, 2) Weekly plan, 3) Zones, 4) Menu, and 5) Crisis cleaning.


And last but not least, I've got a plastic business card holder at the very end of my binder for loyalty cards, etc.  I actually use my Ostrich as my wallet as well so the front card slots have my most used cards.


That's it!  My set-up!

I use my Filofax every day and even though the current set-up is working well for me, I fall for the, "the grass is always greener..." mentality and am constantly reading about others' set-ups.  So far, so good though.  

That being said, I'd love to hear how you organize your days/life, what planners you use, and how you set them up!  Any great tips you'd like to share?  Please comment!

39 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new Blog. I look forward to reading it in the future. The Ostrich in red from P&L has me drooling but I will just enjoy seeing yours.

    What Filofax were you using before the Ostrich and what others do you have in your collection?

    You have me thinking about adding more tabs. DH brought back some of the Martha Stewart tabs and post it’s from the U.S. (Staples) which I love and now I might just have a use for them. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    1. Thank you, Saffy. And thanks a bunch for visiting and for leaving the first comment. Those darn Ostrich binders are irresistible! I bet the red one is gorgeous. When I finally decided to buy one I actually did debate whether to get the buttercup or the red.

      Before the Ostrich I was using a black personal Holborn. It is a fantastic binder. I really enjoy the layout - all of the pockets...similar to the ostrich. I also have a pocket Kendal and pocket Malden (which is listed in Adspot on Philofaxy), an A5 Aston and Classic, and personal Malden, Amazona, Classic, Kendal, Holborn, red and ivory Decos, and a Finsbury. I feel like I'm missing one in my list but that's the main group. I don't know when I'll use these again now...

      I love the Martha Stewart tabs and have wanted to buy some. I'm glad that I may have helped you find a use for them. I had been using the Filofax tabs for my Months and for my subsections but those add bulk and weight. Why have those extra things when tabs work just as well?

      Thanks for coming by, Saffy!

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  2. Congratulations on your new blog and your new Ostrich. You seem to have a creative flair for blogging and have a wonderfully colourful Filofax. Mine looks quite monotone by comparison. But things may change when my red Ostrich arrives! A slight hiccup as I ordered the wrong size, but hoping that can be rectified before shipment.

    I wondered if you could clarify what the "Six Clear Tabs Plus Plain Tab Inserts Ready For Your Personalization" are in the Ostrich product description. Did you get those with yours? I'm wondering what they look like.

    I love tabs along the bottom edge and have found some ready made A4 that I cut down to size. I wondered though where you got the little icons on your tabs from? I'd like to have a lightbulb icon for my ideas section!

    Thanks for sharing and introducing me to Ostrich.

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    1. Cloudberry - Thank you for reading and commenting on my first post. I'm glad that you liked it! I hope to improve as time goes on.

      I enjoy adding color and whimsy to my binder. Makes me happy. I'm sure that your binder is lovely and once you receive your red Ostrich, you'll have a clean slate to add your color, etc. I can't wait to hear about it. I'm very excited for you! So it sounds like you accidentally ordered the Pocket size? I'll cross my fingers that your order gets fixed before shipping.

      With my binder, I didn't actually get the six clear tabs w/plain inserts. I got the regular tab set with tabs that you can write on. I believe the clear ones are the ones that are clear plastic tabs that you can slide in paper that has writing on it. Similar to these . Of course sized for a personal-sized binder.

      For my sub-tabs, I used to use words (Contacts, Medical, Books, etc) but liked the idea of using icons instead so I recently switched to that. I added the icons using a Brother P-touch P-90 label maker. It's a great little machine. If you decide to buy a label maker, I suggest going online and taking a look at the online instruction manual for the machine that you are considering. It should show you which icons and symbols that machine can make. I checked for the lightbulb on my label maker, it isn't among the icons. I bet there is a different machine that can do it.

      Thanks for your comment! I hope you come back and keep me posted on "Red"!

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    2. Ahem.....sooooo, any news on "Red"?

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    3. Hi Deborah - according to the shipping tracking, Red landed in the UK on the 25th!!! I'm expecting a knock at the door any day soon. P&L managed to catch the pocket order before shipment, so I won't have the dilemma of deciding to 'keep or return'...

      Thanks for your tips above. I hadn't realised such label makers existed, so thanks for that. On the Filo-whiteboard front, I was browsing Staples (UK) and found they now stock a small range of Martha Stewart products. I bought a dry erase weekly planner and an A4 sheet. They are sticky-back, re-positionable. Not sure how I will use them yet. I might stick the weekly planner on the fridge door, to note down my snacking habits!

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    4. WooHoo! I'm so glad that P&L caught the order before it left their warehouse. Their customer service is fantastic. Better that you not have the temptation of having both FFs in your hands. :-)

      I've discovered that my local office supply store carries the whiteboard sheets too. Guess what I'm doing today??? lol

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    5. Yay - way to go! Stationery shopping!!

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  3. Hi, what an enabler you are! I have always looked at these but like you was worried the colour would be too yellow and being in the UK was worried about taking that chance. I am now thinking that I will be ordering one tomorrow!!!! Just slightly worried I won't be able to fit everything that is currently in my Malden. Jen

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    1. Hello, JasJan! Oops, me? Enabler? Sorry about that. Not to enable even further but the fact that I didn't get everything into my Ostrich that I had in my Holborn doesn't bother me in the least because I love the Ostrich so much! It's sitting on my lap as I type this...I just can't seem to put it down. The beauty of the binder makes up for having to pull a few things out when I transferred into it.

      Just a thought....

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  4. Oh, I am so happy that you started a blog....you will love it! You can visit me at http://josephdavidquinton.typepad.com

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    1. Thank you, Joseph! I just visited your site. It's wonderful. Thanks for pointing me to it as I find many of your posts very interesting.

      I appreciate your stopping by~~

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  5. Congratulations on starting your blog!!! Fabulous post, looking forward to reading your Flylady post (just got back so couldn't comment before, and see that the Flylady post is waiting for me to read already - very efficient!!!) :o)

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for the compliment. Glad you found the FlyLady post. I am to please, LJ.

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  6. Love the ostrich. When I win the lottery or can think of a (very) good excuse I'll look again but for now I <3 my malden!
    I love the top tab with icon. May need to borrow that idea ;-) Great first post!

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    1. Maldens are hard to beat. I've got a crimson one that I loved using. I'm really enjoying the icon tabs...don't think I'll be able to go back to boring written tabs :-)

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  7. Welcome to the world of blogging, I love the Ostrich and your set up and look forward to reading more posts :)

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    1. Thank you, Alison. So far I'm having fun with the blogging. My set-up is really working out for me; I don't think I'll be making any major revisions to it.

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  8. Your Ostrich filo is gorgeous! I just want to touch that leather :) i love your Flylady section, i think i might be adding to my Chameleon this weekend..haha

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    1. This Ostrich binder has got me crazy! I actually drive in my car with the darn thing on the passenger seat so it can sun itself, I can sneak peeks at it, and I can reach over and touch it. It feels fantastic. Thanks for the compliments on my FlyLady section. It works well being in my FF. Have fun setting yours up this weekend!

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  9. great first blog post! i love your decoration on your day/divider ruler. I am also a flybaby. i love how you included it in your filofax. great idea!

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    1. Hi there! Thanks. I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of putting my control journal in my fax before. It has made all the difference. The ruler was super easy to make. Just find something that is pretty to you and thick and durable enough and use your existing ruler to draw an outline of it onto the material. Grab those scissors and cut away! And then use the boring ruler as your template again to punch holes in the pretty ruler. All done!

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  10. Hi! Love your set up...so happy for your blog. Love your choice of art work as well...priceless.

    Can't wait to see more.
    Steph

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    1. Steph, thanks for stopping by! Wow...people are actually reading it! lol The funny thing about the artwork - once my daughter noticed that I loved it, she drew another picture for me, showed it to me, AND........then tried to sell it to me for $5! Hope that entrepreneurial spirit continues to live in her.

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  11. Congratulations on your first post, and what a way to kickstart it with the Ostrich! Look forward to future posts!

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    1. Thank you, Doris! I'm glad that you stopped by. I appreciate your encouraging words!

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  13. Love your post and thank you for some cool ideas on set up. I have a new crimson Malden I'll be working on this week during teacher in-service (hate listening to boring 'rah-rah' sessions. Ugh.) You've cheered me up! Enjoy your ostrich!

    How did you do your "Flylady" tabs and where did you come across the icon tabs? I'm still very much a newbie at sourcing all these nifty things to personalize my Malden!

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    1. Ahhh, Crimson distraction during in-service; I like it! I'm glad that my post cheered you up! Your comment just did the same to me! thank you.

      To make my tabs in the FlyLady section I placed Post It tabs similar to these directly on the sheet of paper. Then I used my Brother P-touch P-90 label maker that I bought at an office supply store (also available online) to make the icon labels. I cut the label down a little bit and applied it to the tab, leaving a little bit of the tab's color visible - just my personal choice. The label maker is a great little machine. Take a look online; there are a lot of different types of label makers available. If you find one that you like, take a look at the online instruction manual for the machine. They should show you the different icons (and borders!! woohoo) that the machine can make. I bet there will be quite a few.

      Have fun putting your new Malden together and thanks for stopping by! Come visit again :-)

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  14. I love the look of your Ostrich! It has set me on the path of a new obsession, haha! now I have to get not only the Osterley but the Ostrich as well! XD; <3

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    1. Thanks, Yu! Now here is the tricky question...which one to get first??!!!!

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  15. Hi! I just found a picture of your Filofax on Pinterest and I love your ruler! Did you purchase it pre-designed or design it yourself?

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    1. Hi, Em. Thanks for stopping by! I actually made that ruler. I was bored with the Filofax ruler/page marker so I found a spiral bound notebook at a local store that had a cover made out of a plastic that was about as thick as the Filofax ruler. I really liked the image on the notebook - a colorful city scene of a woman shopping and a butler following her with a stack of packages - so I used the Filofax ruler as a template and cut out the same shape from the notebook cover. I was able to make three rulers out of the cover.

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  16. Well, that's me at the start of your blog. Really brilliant, love it. You have put in so many ideas that can be borrowed by other Filofaxers, very enabling. I'm definitely going to be loyal follower. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Erozion! That's very encouraging and very appreciated.

      Thanks so much for following me! I'm happily following yours as well!

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  17. Hi! I'm late to the party, but someone in the Philofaxy Facebook group recommended I ask you my Ostrich questions! I've been looking at them online and have found a wide range of color representation for the Buttercup color from brown to bright yellow. Can you please tell me if the top photo of this post is representative of the color? Thanks so much and congratulations on your beautiful Filofax!!!

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    1. Hello Laurie! Thanks for dropping by! Nice to "see" you. It is a bit frustrating to try to pinpoint the color and on top of that you have different computer monitors that are set differently so the color in a picture can look slightly different from screen to screen.

      YES! The first picture in this post is representative of the color. I just asked hubby to confirm and he agrees. Says the color is exactly the same. I'm trying to think of another object, etc that might share the same shade. In my opinion I'd say that it is very similar to the color of peanut butter. Does that help??

      So....are you thinking of getting one?! I seem to recall that you've had your eye on an ostrich for a while. Have you been able to find a place that has them in stock? I know of a couple of people who can't seem to find them available.

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    2. Thanks for the info DEM! The ostrich is definitely out of my price range but yes I've had my eye on it for awhile. To be honest I was hoping it was more yellow in real life. Thanks very much for the color confirmation! :)

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    3. My pleasure! I definitely wouldn't use "yellow" in the color description.

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