There are so many little things that I love about my planner – both things that improve it’s functionality and things that make it pretty. Here are just a few:
Front pocket + pocket knife + tape measure – In the planner’s front pocket, I always keep a small pocket knife with scissors, tweezers, and a few other necessities, and a small (flat) tape measure I found at Muji (http://www.muji.es). Since I always have my planner with me, I always have these two objects on hand – and you wouldn’t believe how often these things come in handy!
Leaf decoration – I keep a small charm on my planner with a handmade leather leaf. I bought it in a small town that I visited with my fiancé when I was just starting to get back into Filofaxes, and it’s a wonderful memory every time I look at it.
Fabric bracelet – This is a bracelet that the local girl’s football (soccer) team was selling last year to raise money. I really wanted to support the effort, because it’s sometimes hard for girls to have access to sports teams in this town, especially football. I don’t like wearing bracelets, plus the letters were starting to wear off, so I decided to tie it to the rings as a reminder.
Plastic pouch + notes from children + “€20” – In this pouch, I keep some nice notes and drawings from younger students to remind me of why I love teaching and especially for the days when I’m frustrated! I also have a photocopied €20 bill here. Why? Well, because someone once paid me with this very bill, and I didn’t realize it until I went to the bank to deposit money, and it was rejected. It’s not a very good copy at all, and I really should have noticed – it’s quite literally just a photocopy of a bank note that’s been cut out. I don’t know who paid me with it, or if I got it as change from a restaurant or as a shop, but I do know that I’m out €20 and having the bank note there is a good reminder to always check paper money carefully, and just generally be more aware.
Back pocket + notebook – I keep this small notebook in the back pocket for anytime I want to write anything more detailed, or for when it’s more comfortable to write in a notebook instead of a planner.
Black Bic – I struggled for so long to find a good pen for my planner, trying to find a good multi-color pen that would fit in the pen loop, finding other ways to attach it…and then one day, I realized that I almost always write with simple black Bic ballpoint pens. And that’s what I enjoy writing with most. They fit perfectly into the pen loop, and if one gets lost – well, it’s certainly not the end of the world.
These are just a few of the things that make me smile every time I open my Malden. What are yours?
4 thoughts on “Details – Filofax Malden”
I like using vintage LisaFrank dividers in my Filofax!
Oh man, I used to love Lisa Frank in elementary and middle school! What a great idea!!
I use a different kind of planner, but I like how you keep your planner and the extra notebook and pen accessible! That is a very good idea! When I used to carry my planner with me, I would find it difficult to pull it out of my bad and write something in it.
Exactly! The notebook makes it easier and quicker, and you still have everything in the same place. 🙂