The Crazy Suburban Mom: The truth of how I use my Filofax is stranger then fiction..

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The truth of how I use my Filofax is stranger then fiction..


My love of filofaxes (Wait. Make that filofaxes et al. because my addiction includes all things categorized as office or organizing supplies) baffles my family. It's not just retail therapy, I love the old stuff as much as the new.  

My family doesn't get it all.  I ignore their snickers but in the last few weeks I've done a lot of decluttering and it got me wondering something...  If these things are supposed to help organize me how did I get to a point where the organizing tools are a clutter issue themselves?

In Philofaxy's Free For All Tuesday a question was posted asking how people USE their filofaxes, specifically.

"Do you open it the night before, for a review of the following day? Open it first thing in the morning, to check what’s on your schedule? Do you plan the day using your calendar and To Do list in the morning? How often do people visit the diary and To Do pages daily, in whatever system they use?"

I didn't answer it because I wanted to give it some thought but the post got 71  well thought out responses (so far), some quite long and involved.  It was a  fabulous read!  But beyond the voyeuristic thrill I got, peeking  into other people's planners (OPP) and thoughts, there's a lot of great information and spring-board ideas to be found in those comments.

When I tried to put my response into words, I couldn't.  Well, I could but nothing really explained why I needed all the stuff I had and wanted more, which has been on my mind for at least a week.  If push came to shove I could make do with one A5.  And  although a pocket sized Filofax is wallet nirvana , 'need' would be a strong word....

And nothing explains why I keep the Filofax boxes or the tissue paper that lovingly cradled each Filofax before it was mine.  They just sit on my book shelves like little dust collecting organizing trophies.

I think the answer to the question - about why I have all this stuff and still want more - is long and involved (as is my answer to how I use my Filofax...) but I think it has something to do with A.D.D and how I can't keep track of anything that isn't in my visual line of sight.  That also explains why nothing has a home and I keep everything out in the open.

In a way it is a solution but it creates another problem; when there's too much out I feel overloaded and overwhelmed.  This morning I decided to address it head on and started with the Filofax boxes.


BeFunky Warming on iPhone

I grouped small like things in the boxes and used my Vintage Dymo Label Maker (also sitting around collecting dust) to tell me what's in each box.   

filofax

The A5 box holds my costume jewelry...

BeFunky Instant 3 on iPhone

And while I was at it, I labeled the Jewelmint boxes too.

So, I know -  this wasn't really a how I use my Filofax post per se...  But finding a use for the boxes is a huge first step.   Using what I already have to solve problems is a wonderful thing and turning something that is clutter into something that manages clutter is astounding.  

 A big thank you to  Philofaxy for spring boarding me into a workable life solution.  I certainly never thought the answer to how I use a Filofax would involve the box but hey  - The truth is usually stranger then fiction.  

5 Comments:

Shabby Vintage Junk 8/9/12, 6:48 PM  

Tracy I read the philofaxy too....Some VERY interesting & detailed responses....!!

I'm glad you were able to find a use for your Filofax boxes....Do you mind if I pinch it....**smile**....I'm thinking of putting mine (I'll have TWO when my personal Malden gets here) on my desk, spine in & will use them to file annoying bits of paper....Flyers, postcards & such that Im not ready to part with....!!

Hope you've had a very organised week....!!!!!

Cheers,
Tamarah :o)

Tracy Reinhardt 8/10/12, 4:58 AM  

Tamarah, What a great philofaxy post! That kind of post and all those responses are why I love that site so much!

Definitely do something with the boxes! I could use something like that on my desk as well

Tracy

Amanda (from Paper, Pens and Ink) 8/10/12, 8:37 AM  

Have you changed your blog set-up?? When I'm looking at Google Reader on my tablet, I just get the first line and then all the pics as separate posts. It's much better seeing the whole lot and all together as I can save them to read later.
Love reading your posts!

Homemakersdaily.com 8/11/12, 9:48 PM  

Boy can I relate to some of the stuff you said.

My family doesn't understand.
My planners (and the planner dance I've been doing) have created chaos!
I have ADHD.

Just keep plugging away. One of these days you'll have an ah ha moment and everything will come together - at least for a while.

Alison 8/13/12, 4:50 PM  

Yep I can relate to it too, i'm using my boxes for storing my filofax papers and inserts!!

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