So I finally succumbed to the infamous Malden Filofax! If you’re reading this because you like Filofaxes, this is no revelation I’m sure, but I think it may actually be the perfect binder!!
I wrote in November about my new setup and hole punch in personal size (here), which really opened my eyes to how useful a binder for social/home use can be. I was also looking to use it as a purse, so the obvious choice was the Malden. Fortunately just before Christmas it went on sale on Filofax UK and I snapped it up at half price!
My setup was fairly well worked up and had been serving me well to keep a track of my social life, birthdays, to-do lists, etc so I haven’t changed it too much. I really feel like for the first time that my personal life is organised and having my purse in the same place helps me to keep on track of my budget too. I even planned out our hectic Christmas – presents, hosting, cooking, ordering food, etc, and it worked a charm!
How am I using it?
Take a peek inside…
I’m still using my Paperchase postcard as a cover and the little owl tabs too – I thought I was being so original and then saw both on other blogs within days of getting mine, doh! I recently found a matching pen with the owl design so I snapped it up – it even fits in the pen loop!
First I have two sheets of card inserts, then a plastic wallet for my shopping vouchers and stickers before we move into section 1, maps. Section 2 has my week on one page diary, which I’ve tabbed month by month using sticky flags (from Muji) and inserted my to-do list next to it using pastel paper. I’m also using diary stickers from hubby’s Moleskine because he didn’t want them and they’re so much easier to lift off the backing than the Filofax ones!
Section 3 holds my other to-do lists (I have a lot of those!) and then section 4 has my blog notes and plans. Section 5 has my personal finance and work expenses sheets as well as a plastic wallet for my expense receipts. That just leaves section 6 for my birthdays pages (WHSmith ones) and addresses, which I’ve recently rewritten using a Frixion pen, so that I can rub out and make updates when people move.
2012 planning = sorted!
Why do I love the Malden?
- You can feel the quality, but it feels workable, not precious (in a good way)
- It lies flat from day 1 – whoop!
- It has a zip coin pocket on the front and four card slots
- The rings are a decent size to fit LOADS of pages in!
- Space for a pad in the back (or a moleskine notebook, as I’m planning to try)
- The colour – although I hear there will soon be a PURPLE version (my fave colour!)
In summary, I love, love, love the Malden – can you tell?!
Grab a bargain Malden on Amazon UK here