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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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Changes… makes sense with 2015…

 

So I LOVE LOVE LOVE (did I mention Love?) my Filofax Domino in A5 size but it just isn’t practical for everyday use. It doesn’t fit in any of my purses and I with this new Filofax addiction, I can’t afford to buy bigger purses. So¬† I did what any normal Filoaddict would do…. I found a store in FL where I am that carried Filofaxes and bought personal size. I was hoping to get another Domino (possibly the pink one because the more I see it the more I fall in love) but they didn’t have it. I looked around on the Filofax web site and chose a couple I would be willing to purchase and called to see if they had those in stock… they did! So I drove the 45 minutes to the store to spend more money on a second Filofax as addicts do. I ended up with the personal size¬†Saffiano Filofax in Raspberry.

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Ones portable without a backpack, which is sad because I love backpacks… So the A5 will become my journaling/blogging/stay at home Filofax and the personal size (aka Raspberry – far from original I know but I love it so there.)

So I got to make new dividers… ūüėÄ

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The Dividers are set up but not laminated… Notes, Monthly, Diary, Ideas, Info, and Lists. Then in the back there is an envelope I reinforced with waschi tape, hole punched, and will be using to keep smaller things that I want to keep with me or haven’t been¬†used to decorate yet.

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I also got some more supplies and storage; more tape as well as a multi-tape dispenser and small tubs to store extras, Tupperware that is filled to the brim with stickers (I love the dollar store), Tupperware that stores my clips glue and hole punch, more sticky pads, and an accordion¬†file folder (also dollar store) to store extra Filofax papers that aren’t currently being in use.

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I am going to go poor if this continues… On a positive note, when I went to buy the personal size Filofax the salesperson saw my Domino A5 and commented on how creative and fun it was. He said something like I must have been doing this for a while and could probably teach a class. P.s. I got my Domino this month. ūüėÄ

As I am going to try to stop shopping, I’ll be posting more of my actual progress (inside) and some goals and things I have found that motivating from wandering around the internet (dangerous…. there’s too much out there!) Thanks for following along! I am also hoping to meet other Filofax Addicts to swap ideas, fodder for my imagination, and see how you Filofax (yes, it’s a verb in my world now!).