As a long-time planner enthusiast, I find it tough to commit to the same type of planner year after year. There’s so many great ones out there and also ones you can customize yourself. You must also consider that your needs might change from year to year e.g. student, personal, entrepreneur planners are very different from one another. Therefore, there’s no shame in giving other organizers a try. I began 2018 with a half letter sized planner I created on my own and began using the small spiral bound one by Katie Daisy once August rolled around. I didn’t have to experience the guilt over switching since I had always printed just a small batch of the pages beforehand. While I do find that the KD planner is convenient for toting around in a bigger purse and that its pages is pure eye candy, I must admit I’m missing my bigger daily pages from my previous printouts. That being said, I can make do and commit to finishing out the entire book. The KD planner covers from August 2018 until December 2019. I’m attaching pics below of mine so you can get an idea (keep clicking to enlarge photo). I purchased mine from Amazon.com and snagged it on discount at $9.07. It’s still a sweet deal even at regular price.
P.S. I’m planning to do a chronology of all my past planners or at least as many as I can find. I think it’ll be fun to take a trip down memory lane. Stay tuned for that post :)
Being that I’ve been a very big fan of paper-based planners, it is no surprise that I became enticed by the Midori Traveler. I found out about it through one of Tracy Reinhardt’s a.k.a. Crazy Suburban Mom’s earlier You Tube posts. While I don’t use this wonderful cowhide leather buildable notebook as a traditional organizer, I do use it as a field book of sorts dedicated to my hummingbird observations e.g. sketches, feeding times, and general behaviors. I’ve gotten to know the principal characters of my garden fairly well. The brown Midori comes in two sizes (medium and pocket-sized versions) and I believe they just released one with a navy blue leather cover. You can also accessorize it to your liking (which I joyfully had done from day 1) :). I ordered mine from The Journal Shop in Spring 2014 and found the staff to be very pleasant to work with… I’m also very thankful for this since I had to rely on international purchase & shipping.
The only products I ever bought from Moleskine before this time were blank unlined notebooks for The Sketchbook Project (Brooklyn). I loved them for their simplicity, smooth pages, and light weight. After watching You Tube Chrissstttiiine’s positive review of the Moleskine Month Weekly Planner/Diary, I decided to check out their Month Daily version. Although it seems insane to be intentionally bombarded by new organizers all at once, I have been able to devise a plan of how I will use the lot in 2015 ;)! I wish I could have had a neatly packed shelf full of identical planners from one year to the next but I’m a butterfly of sorts; the beauty is in new discoveries. Yeahhh- a total commitment-phobe!.. Sanrio, Morning Glory, At-A-Glance, Kate Spade, Anya Hindmarch, Graphic Image, The Success Choice, Filofax, and who knows where inspiration will take me next???
I’m a fan of Tracy Reinhardt on You Tube a.k.a. Crazy Suburban Mom. She introduced me and many others to the praiseworthiness of The Success Choice planner (which I love!) It keeps me in check and reminds me to take better care of myself and others, so what’s not to love about that? The covers are made of gorgeous sueded leather! I’m a proud owner of the chocolate brown with TSC inserts. I love the smell of it and even the natural imperfections in the leather! The best is when leather looks like it’s been carried around and loved. So every night, I can be seen penning in my thoughts of the day/week/month and hopefully able to check numerous accomplishments off. Must amp my routine up to earn those shiny gold stars!
The only small detail I would change about the binder are the ring sizes. I feel bad to even suggest this because they are some of the biggest rings in the organizer industry; however, just even a half inch would go a long way to perfectly fit every one of those refills. I’m aware that some people have been slightly bothered by the floppiness of the covers but I really don’t mind it because I always write against something which provides me with support.
My husband is a tech gadget guy but even he expressed an affinity towards this planner [he was also the one who excitedly opened the TSC package when it came, not me :/… ;)]. Also of note, it is more affordable than Filofax off-sale so you may want to check it out!
P.S. I usually write with Micron pens and it’s worked out very well with no bleeding through or smudging. You might want to invest in some Microns or something similar. I like black in 01 and 03 =). By the way, Microns also work well with most any other paper, whether it be Day Runner or Filofax.
My three favorite personal size planners other than those by Filofax are from Anya Hindmarch, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton. They are a bit pricy (some more so than others) but if you are a serious planner-keeper or “Filofaxer” looking for something a little different, you can consider these a worthwhile investment that you’re bound to find very nice to have around.
*Photocredit: Anya Hindmarch, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton
In the past few years I’ve gradually become increasingly disorganized =(; almost to the point of being unrecognizable. I didn’t remedy this realization immediately…
One day I was rifling through my drawers (like a crazy lady) looking for blank Christmas cards and found my old planners from early 2000. I remembered how much I used to love writing in them and having them close at hand like friends who wanted to see me succeed in the world. I never gave up on making lists but did sadly give up on them. They were too tiny to carry all that I wanted, even for 7″x 5″s; chalk it up to being a flaky Gemini. The organization I had worked for also kept me dependent on their FREE desk-sized calendars and 8.5″x 10″ Weekly Monthly planners (with the nice two page monthly spread) so there was no need to think outside the box.
Then, someone mentioned Filofax recently… and I thought back to how dull they were when they first came out =( yuk! Nothing like those ridiculously cute Kate Spades. Though something in me wanted more out of life; I wasn’t living the way I wanted to so I was led to You Tube to check out current day Filofaxs (gotta love You Tube). I couldn’t believe how nice they became; a real turnaround! I’m at present moment smitten with the Malden (Vintage Pink [sadly discontinued] & Purple [only available across the pond in A5 but Personal size still available in the U.S. in limited quantities]), Finsbury (Raspberry [currently still available]), Chameleon (Raspberry [also regrettably discontinued]), and Luxe in A5 (Black Currant [out in 2013]). What can I say? I’m a sucker for purple =). I’m also interested in converting a Filofax Compact into a functional wallet and thensome.
When I get the chance, I will post a special blog regarding my new Raspberry Finsbury and how I have it set up. I will also include other helpful references just in case you would like to begin your own Filofax journey. ‘Til next time…
I just bought two more InterDesign 3 Drawer Organizers to hold and separate my hair barettes and other small items including bath related or haircare related samples and lip glosses. I initially started organizing with these InterDesign drawers about a year ago. They hold what I need, are affordable at ~$11.99 each, attractive in design, and easy to clean. I tend to keep items fairly light weight in them so I cannot attest to heavier items. They don’t seem as sturdy as organizers made of thick acrylic so I wouldn’t overload them. I believe they are made of Resipreme plastic. They measure ~6-1/2″ sq. x 6-1/2″ h with chrome-plated drawer pulls. I’ve seen someone on You Tube use these drawers as her main cosmetic organizers. I usually order them online from The Container Store; they may have some on display at your local Container Store if you would like to check them out before purchasing. I really do like these organizers a lot and highly recommend them.
There are two new sources I’d like to share on this topic. Yes, some more wonderful ideas I’ve collected from You Tube. Storables and Sally Beauty. I personally own the large acrylic organizer and love it (purchased it from The Container Store). The acrylic is super thick and sturdy. It will look great on any vanity table. Though these two products may reflect very different sizes of makeup collections, I wanted to post them together anyway. I almost forgot to mention another great idea for storing MAC palettes; try an acrylic DVD holder (measures 10 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 8 1/2″)- it’s not a bad solution and will match any other acrylic organizers you may have. Hopefully your vanity area is more spacious than mine.