The Crazy Suburban Mom: Filofax rides shotgun...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Filofax rides shotgun...

My USE IT OR LOSE IT policy is moving along nicely; I've decluttered a lot of  items but oh!  There are  some things I have trouble with. 

 Clutter-Crushes I call them and they seem  impossible to let go of. I suppose if I didn't get emotionally attached to things I wouldn't be in this predicament in the first place but it is what it is.

personal portland filofax

My Filofax Portland is a major clutter-crush...

personal portland filofax

 There's something so comforting about His Royal Squishiness.  It's the perfect soft leather and squeezing it gives me an endorphin rush.  I hasn't worked for me ever (the size, really)  but I still can't break up with it. 

Over the week-end I decided to clean my car.   I'd been putting it off because the heat and humidity in New Jersey makes going outside unpleasant.  But Saturday I realized I have a seven passenger van only one person could fit into and screamed, Enough!

While I was back-hoing the van, I thought I needed a home for car related stuff; registration and insurance mostly.  Since I've been looking for solutions to homeless items and trying to find new uses for things I already had, I remembered something else.   I have a GPS but frequently don't have addresses I need.

That's when it hit me; I could put all of that into His Royal Squishiness!   The front side has a gusseted zip pocket perfect for car documents...

car filofax

Gusseted pockets are the bomb...

car filofax

The back side has a big slip pockets for letter writing supplies and smaller pockets that would work for credit cards, hotel room keys, photos...  At the moment I just have the little inserts that come with filofaxes (I have a clutter-crush on them too).

I put in three sections...

car filofax

Car expenses...

car filofax

Addresses I use repeatedly..

car filofax

And addresses for thrift shops I want to try.  I never remember where the darned things are located when I'm out and about...

car filofax

And vacation ideas.   I go to Cape May, New Jersey twice a year and tend to do the same things every time.  The last few times I've tried to find something new to explore but forget where I wanted to go once I'm there.  Now I have a space to write it down.

I also have a place to keep all the post cards I collect.

car filofax

Eventually, I'll run out of room for these but...

car filofax

For now, it's perfect!

car filofax

car filofax

I also added a few (CUTE!) bags for receipts...

car filofax

I put the Midori Traveler's stickers in there because they seem well suited for a rambling on the go Filofax.

car filofax

And I've also got a fair number of zip envelopes and card inserts too because there is no end to the stuff I want to keep.

car filofax


So there you have it, my Car Filofax!  A home for all things car and travel related and it all started with a van full of, well... full.   I dreaded cleaning that thing but in the end I took Albert Einstein's advice on clutter... Out of clutter, find simplicity.  

He as so right!

personal portland filofax

And look how happy His Royal Squishiness is riding shotgun as I tool around New Jersey.


Alison 8/13/12, 4:44 PM  

What a great idea, love it!! :)

M Ng 8/14/12, 6:09 PM  

Your Filofaxes are the best! I'm inspired to create my own rambling Filofax, but that would require a car (which would require a license). I'll have to make do with a small adventures section in my Filofax instead, for the modest (public transit and pedestrian) excursions I forget to make when I'm running my errands or just wandering around.

Tracy Reinhardt 8/15/12, 4:54 PM  

Thanks Alison!!

M, you always leave the sweetest comments :) I appreciate it so much. Having a car is a major pain and I wish I lived in an area with a lot of public transportation, but I'm sure you must need all kinds of info/maps so a filofax section would be great!

EmmaNoey 8/16/12, 12:21 AM  

This is a great idea! I wouldn't have given up that red filo either. I should organize my glove box . . . .

LJ 8/18/12, 8:01 AM  

Fabulously squishy looking. I think I am in love :o)

DEM 8/19/12, 4:05 PM  

I love your faxes! Can you tell me how you made or from where you bought the tabs?

Tracy Reinhardt 8/25/12, 7:46 AM  

EmmaNoey Its been great in my car!

LJ - Oh it is!

Dem - The tabs vary - some are avery, some martha stewart, some I'm not sure!

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