The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-10-14

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sigmund Freud: On under-planning...

Over the last few weeks I used my Filofax to help with vacation planning and it was a huge success.  Since I'd never done it before I searched around to see what other people did and Whoa! There are lots of great hints and tips on this subject.

After some trial and error I ended up doing none of them because the more rigid the system, the more my  OCD kicks in.  

 No matter how appealing a neatly ordered system looks trying it is the beginning of the end.  Once I lock myself into color-coding and very specific ways of list making I go all perfectionist and the second I can't find the right color pen the plan explodes.

So I opted for loose planning.


I started with a general list.


Rewrote it over several days, crossing out things as I gathered them in a vacation 'pile' on my dresser...


Added in whatever occurred to me ...


Used question marks for things I was considering but hadn't yet decided on...


And packed it all.

For me this sort of planning ( maybe it's more like under-planning)  works well because loose forms of list making don't amp up my anxiety level. For whatever reason, "systems" always leave me feeling like I'm doing it wrong. 

What I did was more free association then rigid order. As Sigmund Freud said, 'where there is a creative mind, Reason - so it seems to me - relaxes its watch upon the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell'.

And I think he's right about this.  I didn't forget anything on this vacation (which is amazing).  I can't tell you how many times I arrived at a hotel, unpacked and realized I packed the skirt and forgot the pants.  Or brought the flip-flops and forgot the shoes...  Or went to look for all my power cords and realized I forgot the zip pouch they were in.

The worst year I brought all the shirts and had nothing but a pair of pajama pants to wear with them and this was a November vacation.  To say I was cold doesn't even cover it...

  Perhaps I should consider under planning a bit more on a regular basis.  I was certainly more relaxed during the planning stages and after arriving at the hotel, ecstatic to know I'd Forgotten NOTHING!


And seriously, Mr. Malden is as relaxed as a limp noodle this trip.  

Since I'm not all stressed out, Mr. Malden can just relax and enjoy the view from the balcony, listen to the soothing sounds of the surf, and recharge.

Just like I'm doing!


Monday, October 15, 2012

A step in the right (set-up) direction

This is an update to the post I wrote about how I can have such an extensive to-do list and forget to shower...

I wanted to get started on my new and improved life ASAP but I've had a migraine for the last three days and complex thinking is out.

Since I wasn't able to  contemplate a whole new system I decided to list everything ( like I've been doing pretty much) but separate the personal self-care stuff from the  regular to-do's.

filofax to do

Managing two lists works better then I thought.

filofax to do

I put the 'me' stuff on the left...

filofax to do

The regular to-do's on the right.

 I've yet to make my bed, which is on the list everyday, but fixing yourself is a process.  The biggest downside to this is it's huge paper suck.  

filofax pen storage

I decided to keep some of the pens I'm using for lists in Mr. Malden's notebook slot to make the process even easier.    That's  working well because I don't have to hunt through the pencil trough  for something to write with.

Speaking of the  pencil case I separated everything by type into zip top bags this morning.  


And that is perfect!  I was dumping everything in  (pens, pencils, stickers, clips, scissors, the japanese book awl...) and sticking a hand in there was hazardous.   More then once I pulled my hand out attached to the business end of a scissor.


When my  head quiets to a dull roar, I'll  explore ways integrate all to-do's on one list because that's kinda ideal....  But to be honest if I can't come up with anything else that works, who am I to argue?


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Filofax enabling on a budget....

I thought I'd do some enabling but this time make it a little budget friendly.  One of the great things about Filofax is you can really customize it.  And it doesn't have to be expensive (apparently). 

Yesterday I was near a 'Dollar Store' and figured I check out the office supplies.   I wasn't expecting much but there were some great sticker deals.    The selection ranged from scrapbook type stickers to officey ones.    I don't normally use the scrap booking types so I passed on those, but I know a lot of people love them,  particularly to decorate dividers.

I stuck to the ones below.   The colored dots were a real steal (each pack had a few hundred)  for $1 each and two kinds of arrows (also $1 each).  The smaller arrows in the back are bright orange and opaque, the multi-colored ones are translucent.


The translucent ones are very similar to these:

Which are  (way, way) overpriced. 

  I thought they might not stick but I gave them a go anyway and they are sticky.


So my first suggestion is to try a local dollar store.  You may strike office supply gold and even it what you buy doesn't pan out you've not made much of an investment.

Moving onto Yozo Craft, my favorite place for great prices.

There are several versions of Hello Kitty Stickers and I had to add at least one.  I know not everyone likes Hello Kitty but for those of us that do finding them a good price is wicked fun.  

Yozo has a lot of things that ship free as part of an order and Hello Kitty does!

These are some of my favorite to-do sheet stickers at  $2.50 for two sheets they are a good deal. There is a second set for the same price :

I've bought these a few times already, can't seem to get enough!

I love these Kawaii Travel Stickers, there's something so appealing about making it look like I'm a world traveler (even though I rarely leave the house.)  These are another one with free shipping so the $1.65 price is fantastic!

Yozo has a lot of paper things that can go into a Filofax; stationery and notebooks especially.  Not everything is perfectly sized but the stationary can be cut, the notepads punched or slipped into a pocket and the pouches can be punched easily (I know that, I've done it a lot)

A lot of the stationary is so cute!

Stationary that says 'I'm so happy! for $1.85.  At 6.5" x 9.8" it would need a trim but definitely workable and would give you some adorable pages.

I've gotten several different pouches; this one's next on my list:

At 3.2" x 8" this would hold a couple of pencils or random small things punched to fit an A5 and it runs only $2.25.  A bargain on par with the Dollar Store stuff!

Etsy is another good place to look but searching is the key because frequently different sellers carry the same item for varying prices and shipping.  Many times it pays or order more then one item because it cuts the shipping fee per item.  

I kinda love these cookie stickers!

The price is only $1.25 with $2.25 shipping but the shipping drops if you buy more because the second item ships for 25 ¢.  So you could add these for $1.25....

and these for another 60 ¢

And you'd only add another 50 ¢ to the shipping.  

Frequently on Esty ordering multiple things is a much better deal.

And because I can't go a day without searching for Filofaxes, here's the best deal I found all week-end.


There's a Filofax Balmoral on Ebay UK (Of course, where else would it be?)  There are six days left, no bids and it opens at £2.00.  The seller says: " Very Rare Very classy and Very expensive.  (yeah, I totally agree)

Filofax Personal Binder Gorgeous Rich black italian leather.  Used but in superb condition many pockets and pouches on the inside for Credit Cards, Cash or Receipts etc.  

Holds two pens/pencils and a press stud fastener
Comes with three filofax rulers/divider tabs but no inserts

It's sounds like a bit of ringed heaven..  Only problem is now my keyboard is all drooled up.




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