Filofax

My Personal Sized Filofax Set-Up

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I’ve had (and enjoyed) so many planning systems and diaries over the years however for whatever reason I keep coming back to my old-faithful brown Ranger personal-sized Filofax. I’ve had this particular Filofax for years and adore it. The only other Filofax I own was the product of an ill-advised Ebay purchased of an A5 identity which I use as a storage binder as it’s too big and bulky for anything else!

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My old-faithful much-loved Ranger Filofax in brown leather

Seeing as I continually swing back to the Filofax I decided to embrace it fully and really make it my own.

New Dividers

What I’ve been looking for has been some new dividers and I was thrilled when I spotted these free printable Gorjuss dividers  on Pinterest from the fabulous Lucy Wonderland (who also has an Etsy shop). All I did was print these out (they are double sided), laminated them, cut and used my single punch with an existing divider as a template to finish off.

The end result….. fabulous!

Even better these are top tabs and a little different to the norm as you can see.

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Staying Organised

I’ve tried so many different ways of keeping on top of my weekly schedule, work, the family, appointments, home and everything else. This is by far the best (and most simple) to date.

I use thse fabulous week to view inserts from Mrs Brimble’s Etsy shop for forward planning, schedules, reminders, appointments, school dates and upcoming everything (cute aren’t they?).

Mrs Brimbles, Etsy, Week to View

For daily tasks, work and basically anything that needs doing I use graph / squared Field Notes (cherry wood) and the bullet journal system which I tuck into the back of my Filofax. These 48 page notebooks (coming in a pack of three) are fabulous to write on and to say that I’ve been more productive since starting to use this system would be a huge understatement.

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Other Bits and Pieces

I will at some point in the future start doing YouTube walk throughs and video reviews that I can include here however before that I need a much better camera and a tripod so for now you have to put up with my blogging such things!

People often ask “what do you keep in your Filofax”. Right now I have an address section which is for addresses, phone numbers, passwords etc, a client section with rates information and general notes, logins and more, the diary (the week to view), notepaper for scribbles, blog pages for ideas (etc) and finances.

My finance section is not a tracker of spends, I’m pretty good at keeping a check of what I/we spend, it is simply a payment tracker and reminder where I write down all direct debits and ad-hoc payments (including those niggling PayPal payments for Netflix and what not that come out at silly times of the month) so that I can keep an eye on what goes out when and how much it was.

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These bill stickers came from my lovely planning friend Dani who doesn’t have a shop but should!

Stickers – I always have stickers as they work as a visual reminder of some things however I don’t tend to go crazy. I do use washi tape but don’t keep that with the Filofax as it needs to be be portable. I keep some in a zipped Filofax clear envelope and have punched in or coil clipped in others. I do of course also have sticky notes!

Stickers from Alexia Claire's The Stationery Box, some leftovers from my Erin Condren life planner and more from my friend Dani.

Stickers from Alexia Claire’s The Stationery Box, some leftovers from my Erin Condren life planner and more from my friend Dani.

I’m really happy with the set up as it is right now because it works, it isn’t too bulky and it looks good! The only thing I’m considering adding is a year at a glance foldout that I can use to mark upcoming school holidays and what not. I’ll see.

So what do you think? Does your Filofax look anything like this? Do you have a genius planning system that you want to share? Do comment as I love to hear from other Filofax / planning fans!

 

Learn as You Play

Some of you will remember that back when Kieran (my now 9 yr old mini-teen) was small that I was introduced to Orchard Toys and had the opportunity to review a number of games and puzzles with him that he went on to spend hours enjoying.

Taylor is now 4 years old and already very familiar with Orchard Toys and now he too has the opportunity to review new and much-loved games and what not.

Recently we were sent these two fabulous releases, Robot Run and the Big Alphabet Jigsaw.

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What we’ve always loved about the Orchard Toys range is that they offer a vast number of ways in which your little ones may learn while enjoying themselves. Each of the games also explains what skills may be practiced and developed.

Taylor has been learning and practicing his letters recently before starting school in September so the Big Alphabet Puzzle is a bonus. He enjoys jigsaw puzzles as well as letters and numbers and so he’s put together the puzzle five times already. This puzzle comes with a full-sized (puzzle sized) coloured poster which may be used as a template to help young ones work out what goes where. Taylor used this once and asked for it to go on his bedroom wall before doing the puzzle hiimself.

Lots of letter and sounds talk in our house right now!

Robot run

Robot Run has been equally well received and has been played several times as part of Family Games Night and during the days. We always end up laughing with this one. Safe to say this game, brilliant for practicing turn-taking, matching, colours and more  has quickly become a firm favourite.

As with all Orchard Toys games and puzzles we adore the quality of the pieces and the child friendly packaging (it’s always easy for little ones to tidy up and fasten the box!). We’ve given many Orchard Toys games  as gifts in the past and no doubt will be doing so again when Taylor starts school!

All in all both of these get a big thumbs up from us!

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*We were sent these two games free of charge and asked to post an honest review of our findings and have done just that. Orchard Toys have no editorial control over our reviews.

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