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Planner Organizing and Such Things

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I am on a mission to blog consistently this month so what better excuse to hit up the Target Dollar Spot!?! Normally, I find nothing and leave swearing I will never waste my time again because clearly all the cool dollar spot stuff is simply a myth. Well not this time… I went to a Target out by my work and further out from Atlanta and I found ALL THE THINGS. Well not all…. but PLENTY! And I even scored some for my cousin in England!! #bestcousinever

So recently I feel like I found the end of the internet as I think I mentioned. It’s like I ran out of things to be amazed by and I feel disheartened as between Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin’, Facebook, etc… I am bombarded by all things planning all day. I really wanted to reorganize my office though because everytime I sit down to decorate or plan I get up to find my office looks like a crime scene so clearly I could better organize and hopefully not have to empty my entire desk and closet only to put it all away again at the end.

I scoured the internet looking for videos and blogs. I found a few. Most people have videos that show their neat desk with a couple drawers and three packs of stickers a few washi tape rolls and some scrapbook paper and it you wonder how on earth their planners look so amazing with their tiny supply kit! I could have access to an entire Michaels AND a Hema store and still not produce something so pretty. The other blogs just had brief descriptions with no pictures (the voice in my head sayinng uh huh suuuuure you’re organized!)

Anyway, I figured maybe I could finally blog about something I haven’t seen a million times and be a little original. It’s been an all night event (but my perfect way of spending the evening) so I won’t post the entire she-bang. I sat down and wrote out all the things I would need to find homes for…

Then I realized INSERTS! Inserts are my biggest problem. I can find homes for washi tape, stickers, post its, etc… pens are easy to put in cups… but those darn inserts… they end up crammed in drawers and then I can never find what I am looking for when I need it. So I put my brain in gear and found a pretty cool way to organize inserts. Personal size inserts are easy to sort in accordion files but A5 inserts seem to disappear in to the legal size accordion files we have over here. It may be easier to find storage solutions in the UK but A5 isn’t a size in the US so I had to get creative.

I used small binders (like the ones you can get from Avery or the Dollar Target Spot if you have a good Target supply), scrapbook paper and tape. That’s all. I found old scrapbook paper that I have had forever and has been collecting dust under my bed and matched up pieces.

Then I laid an A5 size piece of paper on top and traced around it with enough space to punch holes on the left side and some room on the right.

Once the paper was cut, I lined the two pieces up and cut a diagonal edge off of the top sheet just like a folder and taped the whole thing together on all edges. A few hole punches down the side and viola! We have a divider that fits in an Avery small binder but is also big enough to hold A5 papers!

I made several more and the end result is rather lovely. A neat tidy binder full of Filofax A5 inserts organized by type! This one is a 1 1/2 inch binder I found at Target.
  I liked the system so much I made two others with random inserts and then a binder with sheet protectors to organize my customized personal size inserts so I could just flip through and find what I needed easily. I also found some large gold rings and hooked all my dividers and dashboards together.

I was on such a roll I even reorganized my Raskog cart. 😇


And now, with all my planning supplies neatly in their place (until I change my mind and reorganize) it’s time for bed!

Xoxo

Sarah

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9 thoughts on “Planner Organizing and Such Things

  1. The little trolley is awesome! My small box of supplies slowly turned into two, now it’s my whole dinning room table and the upstairs loft is being gutted so I can have my own space. I’m an adult I just do it wrong…. Because…. stickers lol

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  2. Planning planners is tough. It’s always amazing how something small enough to carry around in your bag all the time can require so many things and take up so much space with it’s supplies xD

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  3. I keep extra inserts in an old planner, too.

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