The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-05-05

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Too Dirty for Words Small Organizing Project #2 - Costume Jewelry

Moving on to another small organizing project now that I'm fairly sure the first one (my purse) was a success.   I've maintained an ordered purse going on two weeks now which is amazing.

This is a slower way to organize, and different, then anything I've ever done before but if it works it will be lead to permanent solutions.   The time it takes to get everything done will be worth it if the solutions get me to long-term maintaining, not just making things look better until guests leave.

If you know what I mean.

I looked around the house for another small thing that annoys me consistently and picked costume jewelry.  My jewelry collection isn't that big but it was everywhere.  I had it stashed in several rooms and in multiple places within those rooms.  I had it in bowls, drawers, a jewelry box, Filofax boxes, and in clothing pockets.  

Finding what I needed - even knowing what I had - was such a  pain I didn't wear much. A shame really since I love most of it.  

Taking into account the rules I'd made so far....

My how to be neat rules:

1.  If something isn't working, take the time to assess why before organizing it.
2.  Put things back where they came from. 

I looked around for a solution and found one to hang in my closet.
hanging organizer

Hanging Jewelry Organizer works for me because it separates everything, holds all I have (although if I ever buy more I can certainly get another), takes up very little space in the closet and is exactly where I pick out my clothes - So finding what will work with what outfit is easy - and it's really easy to put things away.  Honestly, if things are hard to put away, I don't.  Sad but true.  I'm looking for honest solutions here, things I know that will work with my flaws, not against them.

I'm adding another how to be neat rule this week to the two I have.

1.  If something isn't working, take the time to assess why before organizing it.
2.  Put things back where they came from. 
3.  Store things where you use them.

If anyone wants to join in send me a link to your project and I will add it to my next Too Dirty for Words post.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Changes to my Filofax setup, doggy Alzheimers and a random mispronucation

I've blogged about some changes and wanted to do a video.  I meant to do a page by page before I archive  but it was getting long already.  I know some people like the really long videos but others don't.  Any thoughts on video lengths would be helpful!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stuck on my Filofax Like Dog Hair on Black Pants

Recently a few really, really good coupons expired before I could use them.  I try to keep up with the expiration dates but the reality is, I just stash them in a random Filofax zip pocket where they immediately  disappear as if I'd thrown them down a black hole in a galaxy far, far away.

I was kind of tapped for ideas until I remembered that post I did about finding my magnetic clip stuck to the ring mechanism.  And no, the plan wasn't to roll up my coupons and store them under the rings. While logistically that could work, I still wouldn't see the darned things in time.

I have a bunch of Rare earth Magnets, bought for crafting.  Rare earth Magnets, also called Neodymium iron boron magnets are crazy strong.  You can find them in a lot of shapes and sizes (the bigger the magnet the more ooomph they have).   I have the teeny disk-shaped ones, 1/4 inch around.

I put the coupons on my flyleaf, stuck a magnet in front and behind (the flyleaf) and Viola!


A magnetic bulletin board hack...

I'm still in the experimental stages here and a stronger (or several) magnets may be needed to keep everything secure but it looks promising.  While I'm testing all this I decided to go with something more secure...


My  Day Runner Storage Pocket didn't have a specific job and mostly hung around smoking and drinking like the delinquent insert it was so I stuck them in there; in case the coupons move around too much.   This way even if they do, I've still got all my too good to miss deals.

I'm really hopeful this will work and so far, so good. My coupons are sticking to my Filofax like dog hair on black pants...

And believe me, I know about dog hair on black pants...


Monday, May 6, 2013

The pictures that were missing in the last post...

I just looked at the post I did this morning and realized there was not a picture in it.  In the life of my blog (It started February 2009) I've done, oh probably, less then five posts without pictures.  The odd thing is I did have pictures that went with it.

I have no real explanation.  Chalk it up to a brain snap...

Since there were a few comments I wanted to make and the post is pretty wordy already I decided to do a second post today with the lost pictures of this morning's Goldilocks post.

The whole point of the pictures was to demonstrate how different last weeks pages were but it all worked because I'd switched to weekly inserts...

 So without further adieu...

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

The fabulous deep teal pages came in the Portland Grand.  I love the color and don't know if I can get them anymore which made me want to relegate these to hoarding status.  But I fought the urge.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

These are the great Paper Chase pages I just got from Judith.  They take pencil very, very well and P.S. still loving the eight color pencil.  Best money I've spend on Filophrenalia is ages.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

These are the Filofax Planner Pages I've been using for a few months.  Still loving these.  

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I was playing with my pencils and template here.  This was the basic geometric shape template.  I'll tell you...  With this one I can save a lot by not buying sticker dots.   The nice thing about the pencil is you can do color under or over your writing since pencil doesn't 'wet' the paper.  It's all very efficient and neat and even light pencil colors show up on darker pages (Unlike pastel highlighters).

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I love translucent stickers and post its but they are hard to find.  Avery used to make a whole line but no more.  They are still around but not locally.  There are issues with them though.  I guess the color is put on as a finish so after time the surface has a crazed appearance.   The one's from the dollar store seem especially susceptible to breaking down eventually.   The other thing is, a lot of ink has issues with them.  

BeFunky Smart Sharpen on iPhone

I tested these last week;  the Micron pigment pen which are awesome on most paper never quite got dry and the gelly roll (also usually great) took about five minutes.  The only one that didn't have issues was the Coleto and I have a love/hate relationship with that pen.  I love it to pieces until I have to refill it...
BeFunky Crop on iPhone

...which is crazy frequent.  But it tested beautifully.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I even put in some Clairefontaine graph paper.  I have a major stationary crush on that paper, it's just so ....Divine.   It takes pencil a bit less well but it's so smooth, it's creamy.  It's without equal for pens. 

I guess that wraps it up.  Sorry it took two posts to get all thoughts and pictures out.


Goldilocks and the Three Inserts

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative ~ Woody Allen

Leaning what doesn't work is critical.   Planner fail is often grumbled about but gaining insight is never a waste of time.  Yes, it can be discouraging and yes, setting everything up all over again is a pain if it happens frequently but life is a process.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up~Thomas A. Edison 

I learned that all over again when I had to redo my Filofax last week.  I certainly gave the vertical month on two pages a good try but no matter what I did or how long I did it, it wasn't happening.  In fact it altered the success I'd had with several inserts for years.

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure~Bill Gates 

I learned that my success is not in the daily pages.  I spend the most time pondering about and working on them but I had a feeling they weren't as critical so I did an experiment with them to check my hypothesis .  After changing back to the Filofax Personal WO2P (this time with lines) I changed page styles, daily (one day colored lines, one day graph, day planner sheets, paperchase, etc.)

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default ~ J. K. Rowling 

And I was right.  It didn't matter a hoot what I wrote my long list of daily stuff to get too, or for that matter what pen I used, whether I used stickers, or tape, or drew something fun.  What paper I used and how cute my page looked wasn't as important as having the right structure, the bones, in place.  

Every failure is a step to success ~ William Whewell

For me what works is weekly information bracketing  daily pages. Period (apparently...)   My frustration - and I talked about about it in the last few weeks of videos - wasn't with the pages as I thought but in the depth of the overview (yearly vs. monthly vs. weekly).  It's a little like Goldilocks and the Three bears. Daddy Bear's bed was too hard, Mommy Bear's was too soft and Baby Bear's was just right.  And just right is only one that sings in bear beds and Filofaxes.

Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe ~ Sumner Redstone 

I need something beyond daily sheets, an overview, that fits me like Baby Bear's bed - Just right. A view of today and a just few days around today.  It took me a while to realize this but failing is just the final step before success. That's the beauty of it.

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach~ Roger von Oech 


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