So as part of my getting organised kick I invested in this lovely pink A5 Apex Filofax when it was in the post Christmas sales. I know A5 is quite big but I felt I needed the extra space on the page as I hated trying to squish everything in when I have used smaller diaries in the past and I don't usually take it out of the house so it doesn't need to fit into my bag (though my bag is pretty big anyway!). I use the calender on my mobile when I'm out and about and just transfer things across once I'm home. So this is it....
I have always loved stationery. I can remember being excited during the summer holidays as I got to buy all the new bits and bobs for going back to school in September. Pens, pencil cases, folders, colouring pencils, notebooks, I loved them all and yes I realise I was and still am a bit of a geek. Anyway I managed to find some really cute handmade dividers from a seller on Esty called JapanCorner. She personalises them so you can choose what you would like on each tab. Mine are Diary, This Week, To Do, Ideas and Contacts. Diary and Contacts are self explanatory and This Week takes me to the current week in the diary. At the moment I am writing simple to do things in the diary on the day I need to complete them and using the To Do section for bigger goals that might take some time to finish. Ideas is for my blog planning (yes I do put some thought into these) and anything else that I think might be worth while jotting down.
I do love everything in the JapanCorner store and I also enjoy reading her blog too. I would like to buy a set of contact pages from her next as they are much prettier than the standard ones that came with my binder.
You can see the personalised cover of my dividers in this photo, each divider has one of these kawaii characters on them and I think they are really fun. The contact pages I am lusting after match the dividers too.
On the inside of the front cover there are three pockets, I have some post it notes in the smallest and a loyalty card for a free coffee (I must keep it in a safe place as I'm only one sticker away from my freebie!) I also have some business cards and ephemera from different companies that I thought were too nice to throw away. I guess I am treating my filofax as a kind of scrapbook as well as an organiser but having things like these in it makes me happy when I open the binder so I shall keep them in here.
A close up of the tabs...
At the moment I am using two diaries in it. I have been a fan of Dodo pads for the past five years so I HAD to have a dodo pad insert as I really can't live without one of their diaries anymore. This one is an Acad-Pad which means it starts at the beginning of the school year in September instead of starting in January. It also has some student related humor and even though it has been a long time since I was a student I still find it very funny. The second diary I am using is the one that came with the filofax, it has a week over two pages and this is where I am writing my easy "to do" lists. The Dodo Pad is the diary for me to organise the whole family whereas the 2nd diary is just for me for things that I need to do and remember etc.
I will write a bit more about Dodo pads and show you the rest of my filofax in part two, hopefully on Monday as I have a very busy weekend planned. Thanks for reading this!