The Crazy Suburban Mom: The Big Bang; only with stickers, not stars

Hobonichi Cousin Planner in my Filofax

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Big Bang; only with stickers, not stars

When I'm home I always have my Filofax with me (also my laptop, pens, stickers, hand cream, iPhone...etc.).   Moving it all up and downstairs was complicated.  I balanced everything on my closed laptop and we all teetered down the stairs.

After dropping everything twice (watching it all tumble down and hit the wood floor was heart stopping) I decided I needed something to corral the small items. I've been thinking of doing this for a while because without a container for the many small bits I felt like a confused planet surrounded by a million teeny moons...  In no particular orbit.

P.S. The above will only make sense  if, at some point,  you've been surrounded by dozens of pens and a hundred (give or take) sheets of stickers.

I didn't have any particular item in mind and was open to any sort of container the right size. But this structured basket (From TJMaxx)  was love at first site.  It's polyester but looks like linen and I love the colors.

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The $5.99 price tag, that it's big enough to hold everything, looks neat and attractive, and is  
a heathered Tiffany blue color made me do the organized happy dance right there in TJMaxx...

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It's much more beautiful and functional then the gallon-sized freezer bags I was using.

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The inside  is the same natural linen color as the outside but with a tighter weave and I love the way it looks contrasted with the heathered robin's egg blue of the outside.

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I'm not putting everything I own in this basket.   I did a video a few days ago about organizing my Longchamp purse and when I got everything organized and in the bag it was too big to fit in the grocery-cart seat. 

 Seriously, my bag was bigger then a toddler and weighed twice as much.

I had a re-think about what I really needed to lug around and my thoughts wandered to my Filofax Supplies.  Did I really need every pen I own with me when I move from room to room?  

No.  That's  a little crazy and if I didn't have the one I wanted I could just put on my big girl panties and walk upstairs to get it.

If  you're getting the feeling that every time you open your Filofax there is a tornado of office supplies orbiting you I suggest looking for a container; there are tons of attractive, functional options around.  

This arrangement is a  huge improvement over starting my day with all the chaos of The Big Bang...  only with stickers, not stars.

4 Comments:

Jenny 2/27/13, 4:32 PM  

Great Post....
What sort of a keychain is it at your Longchamp, it looks great?!

MySummerTouch 3/4/13, 6:49 AM  

I'm taking my BIG bag to every room I'm in at this moment with me just because you never know when you'll need youre planner. Thanks god i live ina small apartment, not a big house. But my supplies for my planner are in a separate plastic bag, so somethimes I carry this from room to room too. So these are TWO big bags. Can't really change that because otherwise I'd need to combine them, and it's not practical.I'd need to take out everything from one bag to another, and there is no more room in each! Great post!

Homemakersdaily.com 3/8/13, 11:20 AM  

I have a craft caddy I use just to carry stuff to the couch in the evening. My husband and I like to sit for an hour or so and watch tv before we go to bed. I never just sit so I take a bunch of stuff with me and the craft caddy makes it easier. Just like your bag.

Glad there was no permanent damage as a result of the drops.

Cheryl 3/17/13, 5:50 AM  

What a great find...so pretty. Gotta love TJ Maxx and Marshall's! I.m in the same boat in a 2 story house so I got one of those craft caddies as well which works great at the moment. It has multiple inside and outside pockets for my phone, planner, scissors, planner goodies, pencil case etc. it has a perfect middle section where I can throw in my A5, a book, magazine and notepad or file folders. Surprisingly even with all that stuff it's fairly lightweight and portable. It won't fit my laptop but the IPad fits perfect. I even slip my lidded travel mug in one of the sections and it doesn't wobble. I swore I wasn't going to lug stuff around the house and commit to using my office in 2013 but that didn't last long. For larger projects I just got an organizing utility tote from Thirty One and a plastic file bin from Container Store to slip inside. Pockets on outside hold water bottle and stuff, inside holds magazines, folders, my Bible and study material. My stuff travels with me all around the house and on the road.

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