What’s In My… Filofax!

Random fact about me: I’m obsessed with my planner. Which really isn’t a random fact if you’ve read my blog for any length of time. I’ve posted about last year’s planner, and my planner the year before that. I love getting a new planner and switching things up. In fact, I’ve been using this planner since last fall and I already have my next one in mind… so I’d best get to posting this one before it’s old news!

I became obsessed with getting a Filofax after seeing how efficient, creative, & customizable they are. Filofaxes have been around for years and are HUGE in the UK, with entire blogs & meet-ups devoted just to the way people fill up their Filos.

I mean, seriously. Just do a quick Pinterest search, and you’ll come up with so much Filofax inspiration that you’ll want to run to the website and buy one right now.

(So really, don’t search Pinterest. Otherwise you’ll hate me for giving you something new to obsess about.)

(Or maybe I’m just a little bit insane. Either way, moving on.)

I bought the personal size Adelphi planner in Scarlet from Pens & Leather (much cheaper than ordering directly from Filofax). To customize it, I made dividers out of our black & white wedding photos. I love the memories these photos hold, and I wanted to have them with me all the time. They inspire me. :-)

To make the dividers, I set up pages in Photoshop, printed on matte photo paper, and mounted them onto patterned scrapbook paper to thicken them up.

So this is how my planner is divided: across the top, I have 3 tabs labeled Calendar, Projects, and Blog. These are the 3 tabs I use most, which is why they got the more prominent plastic tabs at the top (sold at any office supply store). Along the right side, my tabs are labeled Tasks, Ideas, Finances, Fitness, Personal, and Bucket List.

I just made up the categories according to what info I want to have on me and in one place. I’m all about finding ways to be more efficient!

There are all kinds of weekly, monthly, & lined pages you can purchase to tailor your Filo to you. I chose the 1-week per spread layout, because if I can’t fit my daily to dos in that small space, then well… I’d say it’s too much to do in one day. I also got a 1-month per spread layout and a fold-out yearly view calendar, for a quick look at the big picture. For now, that just includes birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.

Some other goodies I got were little circle stickers to color code my daily/weekly to dos, a mini mirror for quick touch ups when no one is looking, and a colorful palette of sticky flags & post it notes.

And of course, no planner would be complete without a special, coordinating pen. Mine is a lovely Vera Bradley ballpoint. It writes smoothly and doesn’t bleed through the pages— double win, in my opinion!

And so friends, that is all for today. May you be inspired to go forth and customize your own planners, if you haven’t already!

Speaking of your own planners… do you use a planner? If yes, what kind? Spread the love, people! You know I”ll be needing a new one sooner or later. I have my eye on an Erin Condren Life Planner for 2013! :-)

What’s in my… Closet!

I’m going to start a new “series” of sorts here on the blog called “What’s in my…”
I’m planning to share different areas of my house, life, and spaces and how I organize it. Personally, I love seeing how other people do things. Like how your pantry is organized, what you keep in your makeup stash, what does your laundry room look like?
What can I say? I’m curious. I’m curious to see what’s inside a real person’s home… not just another perfect space in a magazine page or show room. 
My second thought with this is that if I plan ahead what I’ll be sharing, I’ll be more likely to get it neat, clean, and tidy— therefore holding myself accountable.
I’ve thought about making this a link-up as well, though I don’t know if anyone else would actually be interested. I’m going to try it today and next week and see how it goes. I’ll keep the link-up open for 2 weeks after it’s posted (because I plan to do these every other week), and that way anyone joining can link in.
Also, at the end of each post I’ll list what I’ll be sharing next, so everyone has just as much time to prepare as me.
I’d love to see inside your closets, so please take a few pics and share! Now, to get to it.
I’m lucky to have a whole closet all to myself, because my awesome husband took one of the spare rooms as his office and uses that closet for all his clothes. I have to say… I was very impressed at the size of the closets here in base housing!

I organize my closet by what type of clothing it is. So all my camis hang together; longer tops to pair with leggings; button-downs; polos; nicer tops for work; turtlenecks; and casual T-shirts. I used to organize by color, but my clothes got lost in each other that way. Plus, I pick out what I want to wear based on what kind of top I feel like, not by the color.

I keep my pants on the lower racks, by my shoes. Sweatshirts above my shoe shelf. Tall boots on the floor. As you can tell, I’m pretty OCD about my hangers all matching. 

I’ve been hanging my purses for awhile now, and it works out so well! They stay neat and in sight, so I remember I have them! I used to keep them all in a drawer and I always forgot what I had. For the most part, I’m almost exclusively a Coach & Vera Bradley girl (it pays to buy good bags, because they last foreverrrr).

My clutches and wallets all have a spot on this shelf here below the hanging purses. If I had a choice, I’d only carry clutches— and a lot of times, I do. My big purses get so heavy with all the crap I put into them, so I love to leave that home and just take an over-sized wallet or cute clutch.

Above that are my nice shoes. You know— the shoes I’ve bought for weddings or formals, or strappy summer shoes that I like to keep protected.

The other side of my closet has folded sweaters; long sleeve T-shirts; gym pants; and zip-ups. Beneath the folded items are my cardigans; light jackets & blazers; skirts; and dresses.

One thing that I think everyone needs to invest in is a shoe shelf. So much cuter than those over-the-door racks, and just as easy to organize. I got mine at Target. When I see my shoes, I wear them. I organize my shoes by type, too. Closed-toe heels; flats; open-toe heels; wedges; summer shoes; and sneakers.

& Boots! I think Pinterest was where I saw the idea to stuff your boots so they stand up straight and maintain their shape. The idea was to stuff with paper— I use old T-shirts that I would otherwise toss. Re-purpose when you can!
Go forth and organize your closets. Then take photos and share with me. Fun fun. Happy Friday, lovelies.

The next share is going to be: 
What’s in my… Planner! 
Scheduled for February 24th