The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-04-21

Friday, April 26, 2013

Too dirty for words...

I tweeted recently about my new organizing strategy since my old one (keep what I love, ditch the rest) is an abysmal failure.  

I'm a woman who loves too much.

From now on I'm going Rambo in the war on clutter and instead of keeping what I love, I ask myself, Would I replace this if there was a fire?  Thinking about it that way gave me a lot of insight. There is very little I'd repurchase. 

But stuff is only one problem and despite reorganizing constantly most things need redoing in short order. I took a look at this problem, walked around my house with new eyes looking for what works.


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The  fork drawer works.  I may never know where to find a scissor but the forks are always in a perfectly sized, exactly shaped  slot.  Sometimes I need to remove excess things from this drawer but finding a fork is a no brainer.

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Just three feet away is the junk drawer.  Despite having sections like the fork drawer everything ends up in here and it constantly needs redoing.  The answer isn't better sectioning,  storage bins, or more space but  designating the drawer to specific items. Only.  

I don't store pork chops in the fork drawer but I will stuff anything in the junk drawer.

Another thing that's easy to find are keys, they hang on hooks next to the door.  There are a lot of these things around for keys and I picked one with a decorative door knob to manage Ventura's lease.

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It's simple, lives exactly where I need to drop keys and appeals to me, which means I keep using it. Plus  I'm never tempted to use it for anything else so the system maintains itself. 

Sitting just below  Keychain Nirvana is this horror show...

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The mushroom cloud.

I noticed what works doesn't collect excess stuff but what doesn't has it's own gravitational pull much like Earth's atmosphere only less efficient. 

 When Earth pulls in debris it has the good manners to burn up before impact.  In the case of stuff caught in the gravitational pull of  inefficient spaces it just collects.   As exampled by the mail table which collects everything from an external hard drive, to a telescope, to macadamia nuts.  

So, where to go with this?   And does anyone want to join me? 

  My plan for the week is to find something small that doesn't work and fix it.... But only after careful consideration.  I don't want to declutter just because a space is too dirty for words and my head will explode if I don't.   I want a permanent solution.   

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 I'm thinking, purse.

If anyone wants to pick a small area, find a solution (or just document your progress), I'll link to your blog post.  Just email the link ( info behind the contact tab above) to your small project and I'll include it the next time I do one of these.   

Maybe we can learn from each other.
   



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

When your office supplies make fun of you

I'm a fan of  small magnetic clips  but since I only need a few there isn't a great place to store them.  What I mean is, I don't need an entire container for them so they float around me like space debris orbiting nothing in particular. 

Since time between needing them varies I never remember where one is when I need it.

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But I have it solved.  I'd been looking for over a week when I finally found it...

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Can you see it?

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I'd taken it off and did nothing in particular with it and the clip solved the problem all on it's own.  Gotta love office supplies that do that.

It planted itself on the ring mechanism bar, continuously giggling and taunting while I looked for it all over the house. Seriously, I heard it giggle.  

So if you lose those kooky magnetic things like I do, this might work for you as well.  Plus, never again will my office supplies outsmart me (which is very good for my self-esteem).

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What's in my Beloved Vintage Filofax: ADD style.

I found some of the products I talked about in the video (below).







I found the Making Memories Spiral Journal online for $1.99.  Not bad considering I paid $1.29 at the dollar store.   I might get a few more. 



And I found the Post It Tabs in the same color I got.  There are other colors available if you don't love the color. 





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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Continuation of yesterday's underpants post minus the underpants...

  As I was writing yesterday's 'favorites in my Filofax' post, it got so long I didn't include any pictures of the items in use...  Like my Day Runner Storage Pockets,  pen loopand iHome Stylus Pen (this is thicker, gel version).

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I'm storing two of my favorite pictures of Ben in the Pocket.  

 I wasn't really done and have a few more things I'm loving and wanted to share.  

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I love these Kuretake Washi Notes (I got the sewing image)! They are thicker then traditional sticky notes with quality paper and the designs  are simple but graphically VERY appealing to me.  Better still there is a whole line of them, something for everyone!  I love that they are small  2.1 x 2.1 inches (5.3 x 5.3 cm) too.  They are more expensive then many sticky notes but I'm a little tired of  shopping price.  I end up with a ton of stuff I regret having bought that doesn't work out nearly as well as I'd hoped. 

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A few posts ago (or was it a video, I can't remember now) I talked about my Pilot juice pen in gray and how I loved the pencil vibe of the print.  I picked up three more; another gray one, a light blue (much easier to see then the light green one) and turquoise.  These are very good on a variety of paper and the pens themselves are not as thick as some other ones.  That makes my loops happy.

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I love my  Coleto White Multi-Pen. The 0.5 brown ink is my favorite color refill, it's a rich brown that doesn't look black and  writes so smoothly.  I just bought two more brown refills but here's the thing: They run out much sooner then I'd expect, way sooner.   I'm going to use these and see how it goes.  I love them but I've never had a pen run out of ink that fast....   I kinda love the pen but if  I have to refill it all the time it kinda undoes the benefit and value of having a refillable pen. 

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I don't know where Judith got these but she sent them to me.  In yesterday's post I was talking about how nice these are because you can mark single pages you need to find quickly and then when you don't need to refer to it anymore you just remove the clip.  I used to do this by making a tab but this is quicker easier and adorable.   I hadn't considered using magnetic clips like this until she sent me some and I'm finding them very useful!

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She also sent me daily pages similar to the one's I've been using but way funner! They are made by Paperchase.  I used to be able to get Paperchase products but since Border's Books folded I can't anymore.  So sad, I loved their quirky stuff.

The paper is very pretty and has a papery feel to me.  I did get some feathering with thickish, wet felt markers but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  I bet it means they will handle pencil better then Filofax Paper.  I love the color blocked edges and that there are boxes to tick off.  There's something so crazy satisfying about ticking off boxes....

That's it for now, I have a few more things I haven't tried out yet but I don't like posting about things I can't say much about.  They could be wonderful or a total bomb so I'd rather give them a whirl first!   As soon as I can check them out I'll talk about them.



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Monday, April 22, 2013

Texting about my underpants...

With all the room I have in my Portland Grand I've added some things back into my Filofax. They tended to be things I missed having  and seemed to appeal to others as well.  A few of these things people ask me about them every time I include them in a post or video so I decided to include Amazon links because Amazon is pretty easy and fast especially with Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping and there is a 30 day free trial).  You can't beat free with a stick...

Amazon also now has a department called Amazon International so even if you aren't in the US there are shipping options. There is a search bar on the page I linked to where you can check if any item you want is available.






The Day Runner Storage Pockets might be the thing I get most questions about.  They are very handy, come in a set, are great to add an adhesive pen loop to, and are very affordable!






Moving on the the pen loop I attached to the above pocket...  I found mine at Staples, they keep them with the ARC supplies. They must be a really popular item because there was only one lonely loop left.  I decided to look on Amazon because the selection was bigger and found a Kikkerland Leuchtturm1917 Self Adhesive Pen Loop  and there are others by several brands so Amazon is a surer bet when looking at for pen loops.




Ever since I showed the Clear Filofax Ruler  that came with my Portland Grand people have been asking about that also.  It's hard to know if it's the same ruler but the price is sure right!

Someone (I think Christa) sent me a magnetic clip and I've found them really handy for grouping pages together; things like past dated pages as well as future pages. I think this Small Oliclip set has clips the same size as mine.  There are bigger Oliclips if you need to group more pages then I do.  I really like these clips a lot, they take up more space then a magnetic bookmark but hold a lot of pages together so they are worth the room they take.


Judith sent me a goody bag recently - Speaking of Magnetic Clips - And they are thinner then the above clips and great for marking individual pages instead of a tab.  Loving them!  They are very much like these....



The flat magnetic clips take almost no room and are great to 'tag' pages I need to refer to often.  I can put them on in a second and slip them off when I don't need to refer that specific page anymore.

I always get questions about the K&Company Swatch Smash tape.  It's not shiny like some deco tape but the finish isn't as flat as Washi Tape, it's sort of a combination.   It can be written on with some (not all) pens.



What I love most is that there are multiple designs on each roll.



And last my iHome Stylus Pen.  It has made onscreen text SO much easier. Maybe it's just me but entering text in my iPhone is a hassle.   Between the mechanics of actually doing it and predictive texting it's always a time consuming, big ol' hot mess. 

 I once sent someone a text that claimed  I couldn't meet them because my panties were too big of a mess.... when what I meant was I couldn't make our appointment because I was reorganizing my kitchen pantry. 

 I bought two of these, the one above is nice and thin for Filofax loops and the bigger gel pen/ stylus combo  fits in larger, elastic loops (and writes beautifully).  Another nice thing about these is they keep my gunky fingers off the screen and it stays cleaner.

There are a lot of benefits to these pens but the biggest might be, from this day forward there will be no further texts about the state of my underwear.

And that is priceless...

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