The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-07-22

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ad of the day, Saturday 28, 2012 ... Because I always clean in silk stockings and heels..

I'm focused on house cleaning this week so a Lux ad clicked for me...

Because the most important thing about cleaning the kitchen is having straight seems.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Arthur C. Clark: On Pen Loop Unpredictability

The only Filofaxes I have left from the clearance sale are the Mini Piazza in yellow and the Pocket Rio in pink.  The Rio has been my wallet for at least a month and it works perfectly.  I've gone back and forth about selling the Piazza because I'd need a electron microscope to read what is written on those crazy-tiny pages.  Really, it's more  a File-ette then a Filofax.  

But I'm trying  hard to declutter my life, really hard.  I want to create space for what works and not hoard things because the colors are so pretty.  So I'll give it a shot as a wallet and see.  If it's at least possible, I'll keep it if not, it has to go.  

Here's the entire filo - family.  

... Like a wildflower bouquet, right?

The mini Piazza holds it's own as far as the billfold slot goes and stuffed, it's fatter then the Rio (unstuffed) but the overall size is shorter... and not as wide.

I wanted to see if my pink pen, Jayne Mansfield,  would fit in the mini like it does in the pocket (admittedly a tight squeeze) but I had zero luck stuffing in the Da-Voon pink fountain pen in the mini.   

Just as an FYI - Jayne fits in both the larger front loop and the smaller back loop on the A5 Finsbury.  It seems the pocket Rio loop is the same, or about the same, size as the back Finsbury loop.

The Bic Brite Liner fits in the back loop (and therefore the front one too because it's the bigger of the two) if you're wanting some day-glo highlighter action. 

I went though a lot of my pens to see what could go in a mini and found a few that do fit the Piazza loops; the Uni-ball Signo Sparkling Glitter Gel Ink Pen,  the Miffy scented pens, and Hi-Tec C Gel pens in 0.25.  They are a little long (as you can see, above) but the fit well enough so everything stays together in my purse.  None of them are retractable.  I prefer a pen that just clicks open but perhaps being retractable adds to the width... My favorite Gel Pen is the  Uni-Ball 207 Gel pens  and they are no where near fitting.  I throw them in my purse anyway because ♥ them .

I came up with two ball point pens because sometimes you need one.   The Uni-ball Power Tank Ballpoint  and Vera Bradley Ballpoint are a bit big so only fit in the front loop of an A5 but they do fit well.  

The Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen is a nice choice because it's lovely and perfect for on-the-go art (front loop only). 

 The  Sakura Pigma Micron fits the back loop if you're looking for something permanent.

Two more permanent liners; the Pilot Zing and Staedtler Pigment Liner, both fit in the front loop only.

The Uni-ball Signo non-retractable Gel Ink Pens  fit all Filofax sizes I have, making it a great choice because I can move it from one Filofax to another.

 There are other colors, with and without glitter, making it a really good all around pen.   I prefer pens without caps but because I can move this one between all my Filofaxes it might be the best option.

Filofax loops are a mystery and vary  in the most unpredictable ways. As Arthur C. Clarke said “All human plans are subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.” 

And in the Universe of pen loops, Filofax rules supreme.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tossing a Filofax Lunch Monkey

I love my A to Z  Filofax tabs. So much so, I was turning the Jolly Green Giant into the Jolly Green Gigantic.

I kept more information in there then could reasonably fit and if I kept up the information gathering pace I wouldn't need to size up , I'd need to rent a floor in the Library of Congress.   

The Jolly Green Giant  wasn't  so jolly anymore and he was this close to tossing a lunch monkey.

 What started as a good A to Z section usage turned into an exhaustive wish list, dream board, idea file, and product review dumping ground. 

I had to find a way to sort everything out.  First, I moved coupons  to my dated pages, tacking the coupon cards to weekly sheets (a bit before the expiration dates) so I could use them in time. 

coupons in filofax

Store coupons often expire unused because I kept so many in my wallet they turned into a meaningless, paper jumble so I attached them to the appropriate week as well.

coupons filofax

Also I'm more selective, I only keep the ones I want to use.

coupons in a filofax

But there is ton's of other randomness I kept. 

map oracle cards filofax

Significant daily Oracle Map cards...

My ever growing stamp stash.

stamps filofax

And make up information, you can't have too much of that...


I acquired a lot of perfume samples recently; some I loved  after trying, some I hated but I couldn't remember which so I made a place for them.

book list filofax

I have a page of books I want to get (and DVD's)

make up filofax

And after repurchasing make up I already tried (and hated) a few times, I started a make - up page with swatches; what works... To buy again...Total flops, stuff like that.

Having a place for all these notes worked perfectly but the pictures took up a lot of space.  The other day in  Barnes and Noble I spotted the Vines Portfolio. It was perfect. When I picked it up and looked inside a glittery rainbow shot out from it's pages and I heard Angel's singing. 


You can see it's much bigger then my A5 Filofax,  measuring 9.5" x 12.38".


It feels like soft vinyl and the page tops are open so you can slide in what ever strikes you.


And take stuff out  should it's appeal wane.  This alone helped my overly bulkified A to Z section.


It also helped with magazines I had laying around.  

My recent decluttering should have helped but the piles weren't dwindling. In fact, they grew every month.  I needed a pace to put the few things I want from each issue and this works. Now I feel okay with throwing out the magazines and my Filofax is no longer in a constant state of gastro-esophageal  reflux.

As the saying goes, A place for everything and everything in it's place makes makes your Filofax a happy camper!



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