The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-05-19

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Filofax Keychain

Oh! I've wanted one of these since I first saw it.

filofax key chain

I don't know what it is about these exactly but the new Filofax key chains make me giggle and clap my hands  like a five year old with a new pair of shiny Mary Janes.

They are designed like Filofaxes new Original line in eight great colors. Mine's the same color as my kitchen!   The dimensions are:  Width 42mm, height 49mm, depth excluding popper 11mm, ring 32mm diameter (Hey! The teeniest planner has the biggest ring!).

It has a tag on the back and I worried it would leave stickiness...

filofax key chain

But no worries, it came off clean!

filofax key chain

The inside has a little baby post it pad.

filofax key chain

Adorable, useful, and inexpensive - The perfect office supply trifecta!

filofax key chain

The Filofax stamp inside is metallic silver ( A bit hard to see, I know) and I love the shiny touch.

It's going to live hanging off my purse...

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

With the rest of my fun bits!


Random catching up

I bought a set of Spendvelope Cash Envelopes last week and they worked out better then I thought (Don't you love when that happens?) They are the same size as personal Filofax inserts so punching them for use in my Portland Grand is a breeze.  I did have to cut a small bit off the flap (to give the rings room to breath) but it's working perfectly.

Spendvelopes in my filofax

The set includes 12  in different colors with a place under the flap to log money going in and out. And they are sturdy!

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

The next bit of randomness is the Filofax to-do sheets.  I see very few people using them which is odd since we all have them. The problem for everyone seems the same; the line spacing.   I decided to add a middle line and try to make them work ( or at least use them up).

I thought the line spacing was probably equal to two standard Filofax lines but it's more like two line spaces plus a bit more which might be why the sizing feels so off.  I drew a line through the middle and hopefully they will be more functional.

to do sheets in filofax

I'm not using the check boxes to tick off what's done, I'm using it to track my daily water.

This week I had lots of fun decorating for a change.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I haven't done a ton of that lately and I think I know why...  Hadn't gotten anything new in ages and didn't feel inspired.  With the swap I did I got things that made me want to do it again.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

And the cleaning business...  I've done a lot of cleaning lately, so much so that my family noticed!  I've posted the worst of the worst Too Dirty For Words areas (here and here).  I'm pretty embarrassed about those posts and  feel the need to say... My entire house isn't as bad as these first two areas.


After I started this process I bought another copy of Martha Stewart's Housekeeping Handbook I gave away my first copy; at that time 752 pages of cleaning information made my disorganized head feel like it was going to explode.  At least this time I'm ready.  Plus I only paid $10.45 instead of the retail $45.00.

I started reading from the introduction this time, page by page (  I'm at page 31 ) which is just past her checklists.  But I think the checklists might be a good place to start.  Maybe copy, shrink, and punch them into my Filofax?  Haven't gotten there yet but probably next week.

  Because of copyrights I'm not going to print them here but they are all in the book and available on her site at the Martha Stewart Checklists  page.   It's a scroll-able list of the ones in the book (in case you don't want to buy a copy.)

  I'm considering going through the book, cleaning what needs to be cleaned, doing what needs to be done - Basically Martha Stewarting my life... and memorializing it in my Filofax.

Stand by for that!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

And in this one, I'm giving away a Filofax!


Monday, May 20, 2013

I'm giving away the Punctuate Planner, guys!

Please go to Youtube to comment directly on this video and for contest entry details.  Comments here won't used when I pick the winners through


With paper, all things are possible

Vintage Portland Grand

Writing is thought crystallized on a piece of paper ~ Tim Ferriss

Stuffed to busting

The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world ~ Malcolm Gladwell

30 mm Filofax rings all full

The computer dictates how you do something, whereas with a pencil you're totally free ~ James Dyson 

Very Full Filofax

When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. ~ Michael LeBoeuf


My favorite thing is to be alone in a room with a blank paper in front of me and the time to fill it ~ Dirk Benedict 


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