The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-11-11

Friday, November 16, 2012

Five and half hours later and a few pounds lighter Mr. Malden is ready

I wanted to add a new section to my Filofax and it snow-balled at about three this morning into taking everything out.

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By 4 a.m. Mr. Malden was a sad shell of his former robust self.

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...With a distinct  Audrey à la Little Shop of Horrors vibe.

I haven't used dividers in the last few months but I had a rethink on this as I wanted to add an entire new section.   Quite some time ago I found Studio C dividers by Carolina Pad at Staples and never used them.

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I didn't really need them at the time (but need is such a strong word when talking office supplies, isn't it?)

I liked the graphics (I like the aesthetics of the whole line actually.) and figured I'd use them eventually.  The products are reasonably priced and well designed, if a little hard to find.   It seems no one really carries the entire line and what you find where, is a bit of a gamble.

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I really like the boldness and color of these.  They read feminine without raising your blood sugar.

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They are a great size for an A5 but they only have three holes punched in the wrong spots so I re-punched them.  I'm pretty short on Washi Tape at the moment so I did my best with what I have.

 I always cut the tabs off dividers. I don't usually need them all or want to rearrange the set and you can't do that without cutting off the tabs. When tabs don't line up right Mr. Malden looks a lot he's got a semi-toothless smile going on and it's not a good look for man or Malden...

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FYI - Carolina Pads gives you some write on stickies to use if you keep the tabs as is, nice touch.

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The back side of the dividers has a lined section for notes but I'm going to stick a few Grid Post-it pages on each.  This will solve my grocery list problem; I write my list as items occur to me all week long in my to-do pages.  Come shopping day I've got to go through all the pages to find what I need.  I can also just take these sheets off and bring them to the grocery store with me.

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And now five and half hours later and a few pounds lighter Mr. Malden is ready for a  new section; low-carb  nutritional information, hints, tips and anything else I want to remember or track. 

I've been following a low-carb lifestyle for seven (SEVEN!) months and it's long overdue that I got it all together in my Filofax.  

Sure hope I'm not the only person that procrastinates like this because seven months is a long time to get to something important...  Heavy sigh.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Big honking boo-hoo....

I use many kinds of inserts daily, some need to be punched (or re-punched) to fit, some like the Dodo Inserts fit perfectly in an A5, and some I make myself.    But no matter how hard I try I can't find a substitute for one thing.



I tried some different year calendars this year but nothing works for me as well as the branded calendar.  I like that the months go across and the days down because that feels natural to me.   I like that there are six months on the front, six on the back.   And while the daily slots are small they are roomy enough for one note about things I want to keep track of long term (doctors/vet appointments, weight loss milestones, birthdays, holidays, etc.)

I've used these for a few years even sticking  them in a Midori Traveler's Notebook from time to time, and this was the first year I tried to find a substitute.  Recently I've been evaluating how fully I used my Filofax (for 2012) and noticed I didn't track these kinds of things consistently.  

I don't want to spend $7 (Big honking boo-hoo...) for a what is essentially a sheet of paper but I guess I will have to spring for the 2013 version. I need the information I accumulate on these and I miss the convenience of having it all in one compact fold-able space.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Old planner page storage dilemma with a side order of enabling.

Recently I've been doing planning type things that added a ton of paper and going through Mr. Malden has become a bit of a chore.   In the past I've taken all my past pages out and tossed them but lately I've regretted it.   I'd love to go back to them, I sort of love how pretty they are....

I know I've seen posts where people talk about how they keep old pages and I think I've settled on using individual rings (something like these rings maybe?)   I think Josh and Terri use rings for past storage.

While deciding,  I've got the old pages in my Filofax  binder just secured together with an (unattractive)  utilitarian  clip.

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I've been waffling about buying a magnetic bookmark type thing.  Everyone in the Filofax know seems to use them as they are efficient and adorable. I keep seeing them in posts and videos but I have this quandary... I don't want buy anything new.   One of the projects that amped up my paper usage is organizing and decluttering the stuff I own.  

It seems counterproductive (and just the other side of hypocritical) to  buy anything new when I'm trying so hard to scale back.  

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I probably will spring for the rings because I don't have anything I can substitute them for (unless you have any good ideas?)  but the binder clip works really well at wrangling old daily sheets, probably at least as good as the magnets.    I tried to make it more attractive by adding stickers but it's not working for me.  No matter how much I sticker it up, it's screaming UGLY to me...

But I'm going to stand firm in my decision not to buy if I have something that will work as well.... Even if it's way more aesthetically unappealing.  

If anyone has good ideas about past page storage, please comment and let me know - I could use the help.   And because every post is better with a side order of enabling... There are some very cute binder clips to be had if you want to try using some in your Filofax.


The Jonathan Adler Task Clips   measure approximately 1.25" across which is the same size as the homely ones I'm using and according to the website they hold up to 100 pieces of paper.  The set is  $10.


And the Lilly Pulitzer Task Clips are the same measurements, 8 to a pack, also $10.

Looking forward to your thoughts!

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