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Adventures in Trying to Organize My Life


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Office Space: Where I Plan

I have been on an organizing kick lately and so it only seems fitting to post a blog showing my creation space… my office. I made a commitment to myself when I moved back from Florida to keep a tidy office and leave my laptop out of my bedroom and so far I am doing pretty well! In order to keep my space clean though, I feel like it has to be visually appealing. Just like with planners… I am more likely to look at my schedule and to do’s if it is in a pretty planner and fun to look at. So, without further ado, my office! I racked my brain and scoured the internet before posting this blog looking at others blogs and video tours of their planning supply organization and craft areas. I came to two conclusions; 1) I’m not everybody else so I can have my own style 2) I am not good at making videos. At least not yet. So I took some photos instead. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to organize your own areas!

Where the magic happens ūüôā Notice the Target Dollar Spot Haul supplies as decoration!

So here is my desk… God bless Ikea for letting us create our own spaces. It’s as if that place was made for planners. You will see the name Ikea more than a couple times throughout my blog. I love that place. I got two drawer units and a table top from Ikea and made my own desk. I feel like it’s a large enough space to utilize without being overbearing. Of course in a dream world I would have an L shaped desk that took up half the room but this is reality and I am working with the space I have. O:)

My laptop doesn’t leave my desk. It’ s a HP Envy, the first non-Vaio I’ve had, and while I am not a huge fan of the new Windows I like the size of my laptop and it definitely holds it’s own with the amount of damage I do downloading and saving files. Pinterest, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+ are all neatly settled in my favorites bar ready for me to surf the internet for hours on end!

I won’t show you all the drawers because they aren’t all planner related. This drawer dutifully holds my electronics; my camera, camcorder, Pringo photo printer, and label maker. It’s also home to my 6 hole punch which is a Japanese import you can easily purchase on Amazon and adjusts to punch holes for all three sizes of Filofax! It can be found here. I also have a recently purchased flag punch, binder clips, pen loops, paper clips (who knew I would one day pine over paper clips), and an assortment of charms as I recently started making my own planner charms.

This is where I display my planners… the highlight of the room! The shelving unit is also from Ikea and is meant for the back of a desk but was repurposed with the help of a good friend to fit on my old dresser so I could show my entire collection! ‚̧

In this mix we have several Filofax (Domino, Saffiano, Finsbury) in different sizes and colors, a Heidi Swapp planner used as a memory planner, a Heidi Swapp planner used as¬†a blog planner, the Happiness Planner, a Get to Workbook, a gold Lovedoki, two fauxdoris, Websters Pages Color Crush planners, two journaling prompt books,¬†and my Listers Gotta List notebook. And can’t forget some of the most useful money I ever spent… my laminator! Extremely inexpensive considering the use it gets!

   

In my dresser, I have one drawer full of paper (A4, letter, photo paper. Pringo paper, cardstock, etc) and extra print cartridges [not pictured]. Then I have a one drawer dedicated to my personal size inserts and one for my A5 inserts. Personal size inserts are stored in a mix of Target Dollar Spot accordion folders, a color crush planner box (great for storage!), and an Avery mini binder filled with folders and mini sheet protectors. The A5 inserts are also stored in mini binders with file inserts made from scrapbook paper as shown in a previous blog to accommodate the size of the inserts. I have my Passion Planner stored in here also as I have unbound certain sections and periodically used them in my A5 Filofax. I just used binder rings to bind my collection of dividers and dashboards neatly together. I also store another mini binder in this drawer with sheet protectors containing acrylic stick on stamps sorted by type and a small dollar haul accordion file containing some journal cards that I printed out from Pinterest.

Now this beauty is a new family member… it was actually a gift from a friend and also another Ikea find. It’s called the Sprutt and it was found in the¬†closet and shoe storage¬†section of Ikea. It is a 6 drawer unit that is made of metal like a high school locker. I just found a pretty font and printed out labels glued to blue scrapbook paper for the front label section. The unit goes back approximately 12 inches and the drawers are nice and deep!

The six drawers contain 1) notebooks 2) stickers 3) post its/sticky notes 4) page flags 5) stamps 6) ink.

            

I’m a lucky girl! I just got this over the weekend and he even built it too! ūüėõ

Then in the corner of my room I have a drawer unit from Hobby Lobby that was in my bedroom in Florida that I have repurposed as a printer stand since I now use my dresser as a display for my planners. And the room would not be complete without my Ikea Raskog. For less than $45, this cart comes in so handy as you can stock it with current supplies and move it around not only your office but your house and it tucks away neatly in a closet¬†when I am cleaning up.¬†I use the top section for pens, scissors, hole punches, glue, etc. The second shelf contains some more stickers and washi tape (all my pink themed stickers and washi as I am going through a phase where I feel it is necessary to have my decorations match the patent cover of my Filofax…. it’s really hard….). Then the third shelf contains small containers (also from Ikea) with all my remaining washi tape. The green container is actually full of black, gold, and tan washi tape sectioned out for when my Nude Original arrives… I am telling you… this color coordination thing has a grip on me right now!

  

Well I hope that you enjoyed my photo tour. I am proud to say that no matter how messy I make this room while planning and decorating, I always make sure to leave it tidy before I close the door. This is a big deal for me considering my innate ability to be a clutter bug. ūüôā I take pride in this room though and since it is where I spent a large percentage of my time outside of work and sleep, I feel it deserves to be well taken care of. ūüėÄ

Sweet dreams folks!

XOXO

Sarah


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Wasn’t Planning on Rain This Wknd… But PERFECT for Planning

I’ve had plenty of time to play with my planners this weekend due to this disgusting weather! More photos to come… ¬†¬†Here’s my collection! Always adding… I¬†am preparing a blog of my organizational system in¬†my office because I have some new goodies so that¬†is on it’s way!

Until then here is my work station aka my desk (gotta love IKEA)…
I have also¬†been researching what people keep in their¬†Planner Supply Cases. So far @theresetgirl has a great one¬†to¬†look at for ideas… I¬†just¬†*happen* to have that case from¬†Target.¬†Meant to be I guess. ūüėõ

The Reset Girl – What’s In My Planner Supply Case

XOXO

Sarah


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Planner Organizing and Such Things

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. ūüėá


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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Pink. Pink. Can’t get enough Pink!

I have been neglecting my blog and searching endlessly for inspiration to do something different with my Filo. I love all my Filofaxes. I also get complacent… so changing between different versions keeps me interested and reminds me to look at it often. I feel like I’ve found the end of Pinterest though… possibly the end of the internet. It has been a while since I saw something and had an AH-HA THAT’S AN AMAZING IDEA moment and ran home to recreate it myself. Maybe I am just going through an adjustment period but I definitely miss the idealism I had back in December when everything was new and exciting and I didn’t have enough time in the day to work on the amazing ideas I had for my Filo.

It really hit home today when I stopped by Sam Flax in Atlanta to see if they had any 2015 vertical week on 2 pages for my A5 and the employee who helped me just happened to be the one I spoke with when I drove about an hour to a place outside Orlando just to pick up a new Filofax back in Decemeber. He remembered me as being the Filofax lady. Haha. Turns out his family owns Sam Flax and he relocated up to Atlanta. What a small small world…

So while I wait for inspiration to hit me like a ton of bricks I figured I would share my current set up. I am using my pink patent Filofax Domino A5. I venture away to others… Saffiano…. Finsbury… but I always come back to the Domino, my first love, it seems… so without further ado…

Here she is, in all her glory! I love the bright pink. So much so I use one for my work Filo also. The color is just so bright and cheerful!!! The only problem I have noticed is I want everything to be matchy matchy so I’ve become obsessed with making everything pink themed on the inside. Somewhat overkill but I am enjoying so far…

The dividers were made from a scrapbook collection by Authentique which I purchased at Hobby Lobby. Of course, I had to throw some Alice and Wonderland in there. ūüôā

Here is my homemade dashboard with some pictures of family and friends… and a reminder to keep my muchness. Thank you Mad Hatter!

I have a homemade planner charm made from¬†an Alice and Wonderland charm I acquired at Disney World when I went this past spring break and a¬†‘Drink¬†Me’¬†charm I found in the¬†jewelry making section at Hobby Lobby in a fairy tale collection of charms that were so cute it was hard not¬†to purchase them all!

In an attempt to make up for the lack of pocket space on the inside cover, I have put my post its in a zip folder I had sitting around and keep that tucked in the big pocket. Problem solved!

I am using Month of two page inserts I had from my old Domino A5 and a Project Life card to mark the current month.

Desperate I pretty exhaustive search, I have been unable to find the week on 2 pages that are vertical so I am working with the vertical layout currently. This is the part where I struggle with having a pink planner and realize why I went with Black as my first planner… I want everything to match (cough*OCD*cough) and its hard to decorate the pages with just pink. Don’t get me wrong, I have separated all my pink and pink related washi tapes in to a separate container and pulled out any pink stickers, post its, and note pages I have and put them aside… but I am not sure I have the endurance to go all the way and decorate the entire thing with pink only accessories. Especially knowing I have a Filofax Original in Nude coming home with my Mum from England…

On the plus side, the pink paper finally made sense… ūüôā
 

I have a goal tracker in place to monitor sleep (I have terrible sleep patterns), journaling, blogging, etc.

      

And I am also doing a no spend challenge for July! It is wishful thinking but I have to start somewhere!

Finally, this is July’s instagram challenge which I am hoping will be more motivation to be creative. This one if from¬†@Paperheartofgold and so far,¬†ahem day 2, I¬†have posted each challenge!!! I celebrate small wins. ūüėõ

So all in all, I am thoroughly enjoying my pink A5!

I have already started a pinterest board for gold/cream, black, and white themes and purchased gold pens for the Nude Original though so, as is always the case, I am sure change will be coming soon!

XOXO

Sarah


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Breaking News: Planner Addict Realizes She’s Hit Bottom

Okay so the bottom of planning addiction isn’t all that bad. Colorfully expensive but not all that bad. ūüôā

I have come to some conclusions recently while trying to think of blog topics. I am too busy rearranging and arranging and doing and undoing to make any of them a logical stream of thought so I am going to list some of them here.

I’m a full blown addict. I came to this realization pretty harshly when writing a piece for Philofaxy and their Reader Under the Spotlight section. *cough14plannerscough*

I will forgo food to buy planning supplies I don’t need, especially when comparing to sustenance…

I have paperclips I have no idea when I could practically use except for photoshoots with my planners for IG and my blog.

My Pinterest has become entirely planner related… Eventually I am going to run out of things to look at… then what!?! I might have to actually accomplish something productive! The horror!

I have rewritten my plans so many times I don’t actually need a planner anymore. Planner peace is about as realistic as unicorns from where I am sitting.

I am a planner snob. If I google, interest, instagram, etc planner pictures and the poster has poor penmanship, I feel as if I’ve been robbed.

Watching TV has become watching Youtube videos of people describing their planners in such detail you’d think it would become redundant.

I’m so busy planning I forget the basics… like showering and going to bed.

I am on the verge of blocking Etsy from my phone because I find myself shopping at work…

I am on my fourth hole punch… I guess I am little rough on them.

In other news, my mum’s in England and when she comes back I’ll have a new member of the family!!!
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XOXO

Sarah


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Inspire Me

I have been neglecting you. I have been neglecting my planners.
I have, in turn, been neglecting myself.

I have signed up for some new adventures in hope of getting a rejuvenating boost of motivation. I just sent in a bio piece to Steve at Philofaxy and submitted an application to be part of Mrs Brimbles Creative Planner and Journal Design Team! Wish me luck! I could only dream!!!

I also signed up for a class through Rukristin called “Find Your Voice” which is a 6 week course to scrapbook your story.

Hopefully these things will help! I miss being creative. I have to make time or I’ll lose it! ūüôā

Stay tuned!
xoxo
Sarah66181eae502c67b0be954e3341d7b813


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Emma’s Filo Update!

I had some followers ask about my cousins Filo and how its coming along… since she doesn’t have¬† a blog of her own I thought I would share her work. I am super impressed and continue to realize how strongly we are related each time she shares! ūüôā

There is nothing like a neat filo….

Emmas Filo

The inside is beaming with personality!

Emma Filo 2

She has gotten addicted to Project Life as well (that one wasn’t me) but she is so like me and it absolutely makes sense.

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Emma Filo 5

 She is planning a trip to NY later in the year so she had to find room for this!

   Emma filo 7

And she’s decorating like a pro!

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She reads the blog so if you guys have any suggestions, comments, compliments, I’m sure she’d love to read them!!!

Sarah

xoxo

P.s. Ordered my first Fauxdori this past weekend… can’t wait for its arrival to share!