For about a year now I have run my family from a massive notebook, scribbling down everything I need to remember and do, problem is this notebook isn't very portable. If I shove it in my bag the pages get caught, ripped and folded. I needed something more robust. So, I've bought myself this lovely A5 filofax (I do feel guilty about buying purple things - I think they all belong to purplemum!).
The reason I bought an A5 one is that I can make it work for me by printing pages of my own design (as A5 printer paper is easily available). The commercial pages are designed for business use, not running a family.
|Making the holes, one set at a time|
It came with a diary and address book section which I am using. I also bought some coloured lined paper for notes and a plain set of dividers for my customised section. After a bit of research I opted to buy the Rapesco hole punch even though it doesn't fit the A5 binder properly. There are 2 options that fit properly, a portable one that punches one page at a time and an expensive one that punches lots, but both have bad reviews on Amazon. The Rapesco was also heavily reduced at the time. All I needed to do was to make a new mark to show where the bottom of the sheet should go then punch first the bottom 3 holes, then the top.
In the customised section I have made dividers for "To do List", "School", "Gifts", "Useful Info" and "Event planning". Filofax make 'To Do' list sheets, so I am using those to write a brain dump of everything that needs to be done; household maintainence, craft, paperwork and errands to run.
For the School and Useful info sections I am using the lined notepaper to make any notes I need. I can also punch holes in any school letters it would be useful to carry around. The filofax came with a few sheets of things like conversion tables, so I've put them in the Useful info section. Mainly to prove to shoe shop staff that bringing me a 41 when I tell them I am a UK 9 is not acceptable (41 is 7, 9 is 43, but many shops seem to think that just by re-labling their shoes they will suddenly fit my feet). Anyway, I digress....
|My own sheets in the gift section|
Its the gift section where I have made my own sheets. I have made charts for birthday presents for each of my children and the same for Christmas and Santa presents. I've also made ones for presents for friends and family and one for Christmas cards, so I don't forget anyone.
Doing this means I have been able to put in tick boxes to say that the present has been bought, wrapped, sent and thankyou notes sent in the case of presents we have recieved. Finally I have a list of all the presents that I have stashed away in a secret hiding place. If I find a bargain that would make a really good present I'll buy in then and hide it away.
I've also made some sheets to help with holiday packing. Listing all the things we usually take, with tick boxes so I can check we've got the same things each year.
When my daughter starts school in September I'll be able to make customised sheets for school things (I just don't know what they will be yet!).
The last thing I did was to make it a little prettier. The first page was this horrible Filofax information page which I needed to keep because the other side had a calender for next year on it. So I cut a nice piece of scrapbook paper to cover the horrible side. I've also treated myself to a pretty pen.
Now I can run my life and enjoy how lovely my book is.