Organized people have always impressed me. I love to observe them and their habits while secretly hoping that some of it will rub off on me. Sometimes it does, but while I LOVE having my life/home organized it often seems like too much time-consuming work. I’m good at organization, really good at it, and I love being organized, but in recent years it’s taken a back seat to other, more pressing, life matters. I’m starting to feel the negative effects of my disorganization, and I now feel the need to create organization in my life wherever I can, no matter how small the effort. I’m hoping that once I start reorganizing my life it will have a snowball effect.
Years ago I used to keep a large organizer-wallet crammed with photos, stamps, money, cards, keys, notepad, calendar, etc., but since embracing the technology of my iPhone and iPad a lot of that stuff no longer needs to be a physical presence in my wallet and has been replaced with apps such as Evernote, Key Ring, and CalenGoo. While this techno-approach to organization has worked out really well for me, I find myself missing the fun of having an organizer. My conundrum has been how to justify owning one when all this great technology exists (but, should I really NEED to justify it? Can’t I just have one because I WANT one?). I ask myself if I am really that concerned about being perceived by others as being an old fart, stuck in the past and not being able to let go of my old, cluttered-wallet ways? My answer is, shamefully, “yes”. I’ve always been a techo-nerd and it’s kind of what I’m known for, and I want my young grandkids to grow up thinking of me as the “cool” grandma — I admit it.
I’ve finally found the answer to my conundrum thanks to my good friend, Gabi. She showed me that I can have my organized clutter AND be creative…FILOFAX! I can be a COOL old-fart! This is a match made in heaven. With a Filofax big enough to fit my iPad or Kindle in I can have it all!
There is a whole new generation of Filofax organizer users who have taken this old-fashioned way of being organized and made it their own. They are crafty, artistic, AND organized. They decorate the pages, scrapbook in them, make art journal pages in them — there is no end to their craftiness. They are fashionable and imaginative, and know a good-quality product when they see one. Just do a Facebook search for “Filofax” and see how many groups pop up. Do a YouTube search for “Filofax” and you will find tons of videos of people showing off their organizers, and how they use them. I can get lost watching for hours.
I have yet to actually purchase a Filofax, but once I make my decision about which style and size to get I will be ordering it on Amazon.com. They have great prices and I’m a Prime member. I found this out via a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Xenia, who is re-discovering the joys of Filofax.
So, have I inspired you to check out Filofax? Get organized? Get crafty? I hope so, because I don’t want to be the only old-fashioned old-fart out there!