Monday, 6 January 2014

Guided Tour ...

... (as requested by Jo), of the personal organiser. My goodness, there are a host of people out there who rave over these organisers and even put videos on Youtube to show you how they use theirs! (I have not done a video and this is only an overview of what I've got and how I've used it so far.)

Being a 'saver of the earth' my organiser is new to me and came from the CS. It's a microfile wallet with filofax inserts.

Hey, hey, handy zipped wallet.

Hey, hey again - handy calculator. I don't know what I'll keep in the little pockets. Advice welcome.

First off are pages of months so I have used these to note down birthdays.

Following these are diary pages. If you look closely the year starts with 19__,  and there are no dates so I've had to go through and write them in. I've shown you the pages I've labelled correctly!

There are some timetable pages and I've used these to put in dates for dancing, jollies and gym.

There's a section for notes ...

and some handy little post-it notes.

The next sections are different ruled papers - white lined,


pink lined

and blue lined. On these lined papers I have notes about freezer contents, the money I've spent, the Christmas card list and cards I have to make.

I don't think I'll put addresses in as I have these elsewhere.

I like this Action section and I can have the joy of crossing out tasks achieved (if I achieve any).

At the end of the organiser is another book of notes which I may use for shopping lists.

There's my tour. Hope I've not bored you to tears and if anybody out there has other uses for the pages please share. My NYR is to keep organised and I want this to help not hinder me.


Edit : After watching a few Ytube videos I've now personalised my organiser and brightened it up a bit with colour coded felt tips - e.g. green dots for no spend days, purple for birthdays. I've made some month at a glance inserts and added some colourful address cards. I've also made better dividers so I can find each section easily and I've crocheted a dangly page marker in sparkly wool.

Oh dear!



  1. I started out this year trying to make journal, failed at the first hurdle and its only the 6th Jan! I have a calendar by the computer where everything goes! The squared paper pages are useful to me, I design in squares... handy for cross-stitch and knitting stitches. I tend to only write shopping lists on scraps of paper which get chucked! The calculater is very useful though, great for shopping, great for working things out at home. Be interested to see how you use yours.... perhaps I will get the idea by next year....
    Julie xxxxx

  2. Ha ha, I had to laugh at your edit, you're definitely being bitten by the bug. Thank you for the mention and link and thank you for doing the post. I'm always interested to hear how people use their organisers. You did so well picking this up in the charity shop, especially so well stocked with useful pages. I use my pockets for stamps, stickers, business cards (not mine) and membership cards. Have a look on a whole blog devoted to organisers, and links to peoples posts about them and links to you tube videos.

  3. I use the old fashioned A5 diary. Everything goes in bar addresses. It usually falls apart by September....

  4. I have a Filofax at the bottom of a draw, used. Next year I will have to buy a new calendar for instead of buying a new diary.

  5. Sounds like you're totally organised already. I used to use my organiser a lot but last year we thought about moving and my lovely D put it in a box by mistake for storage and I'm yet to discover which one it went in so for now I'm back to a diary. Needless to say we then changed our minds about moving.

  6. You been swallowed up by that filofax? I am getting withdrawal symptoms.


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