Organizing a planner to work as a wallet

It seems like I have been on a long quest to find the perfect wallet. And, along the way wasted time and money. Well, the quest is over. I have finally found my perfect wallet. It has movable parts and loads of the “pretty pretty” that just makes me so happy. I can take things out and add things in on a whim. I can decorate. I can have folders and clear sleeves. It holds a pen and paper. What kind of wallet does all that you ask? My Malibu Personal by Day-Timer.

I have been writing about my Day-Timer in the desk size that I keep – where else – on my desk. For the times I am not at my desk, my planner/wallet comes in handy. The only thing I sync between the two is the month at a glance. That is because when I am out and about and do not have my desk calendar with me, I can still see what activities we have planned.

I thought my planner/wallet would be better explained in a video – I know – not another non-professional video! Well, yes. Hope you enjoy.


As always, I welcome your comments. Have you found the perfect wallet? Please tell us.

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Southern Charm Planners – https://www.facebook.com/groups/LouisianaPlannerGirls/

Day-Timer – http://www.daytimer.com/daytimerstore/mwv/product/Distressed-Leather-Free-Form-1%22-Planner-Cover-Desk-Size-/45014?searchClickId=0169751530%2C3519&catId=&prodId=45014

Polka Dot Posie – https://www.etsy.com/listing/170968988/2014-small-polkadotposie-signature?ref=related-5

Pembroke Papers – https://www.etsy.com/listing/176148796/downloadable-2014-12-size-a5-week-o2p?ref=shop_home_feat_1

Southern Charm Planner’s Charm – https://www.etsy.com/transaction/180298065

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It’s been a busy week afterall!

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On Monday I instituted a brand new time management schedule and then life outside came to a standstill. Southern Louisiana saw snow and sleet! Hubby was even forced to sit this one out at home. And, when that happens, any schedule I have seems to fly out the window. After a short recess, I got back on schedule and I have to say, my week was a lot less stressful when I followed my schedule.

I am an organizer and when I say my favorite saying is everything should have a place and everything in its place, you can be sure I mean it – even time. Yes, time! That’s where my schedule came in. Everything had a place and everything in its place. Exercise and tidying up the house had a place. Sitting down and writing had a place. See where I’m going with this? I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but if you tend to have a zero attention span the way I do, it works.

I didn’t even feel stressful today when I deviated from my schedule and used my work and writing time to grocery shop. I even found a little time to play. I have become obsessed with every card or sticky note in my planner being something other than what it is – and that is straight lined! I came up with the idea of using one of my many Martha Stewart punches and making eyelet tracks down the sides of my sticky tablets. As you can see in the photo, I haven’t quite mastered matching the sides. I’ve tried upside down and right side up and turning it over while punching the second side, but for some reason it isn’t working. It’s not that important, but sooner or later, I’ll figure it out. Meanwhile, aren’t they cute? Also, you can see by my planner, the week ended up being quite busy despite the adverse weather conditions.

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Other than working on three book reviews that I’ll have up before the weekend ends, that was my week. Hope you’ve had a great week as well.

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Is your planner working for you or against you? (Video)

I’m trying my hand at another video. The consensus (mine) is that I’m not very good at it so far. I can see what I’m doing wrong so maybe that is improvement after all.

I am using a Day-Timer distressed leather planner cover. I have to confess that I love leather products! When BFF and I go shopping, she knows her main job is to keep me away from the leather! However, she does allow me to walk through the purse section of the store and just breathe. Hopefully, there are no animal activists reading this. (Whispering) I love the way leather smells.

Okay – getting back to my planner. The distressed leather is exactly like my Malibu planner that you have seen in other posts; same size and exact setup.

I’ve been asked over and again to show my set up so today is the day – hence the bad video. My planner, while being set up to work quite efficiently for me, is also a testing ground of sorts. As I come across freebies, I sometimes feel inclined to try them out and those pages come and go. You will see in the video that I am trying out an inventory sheet for both freezer and pantry. I will probably not stick with it because I do not have the patience to go through my pantry or freezer and list all of the items. I know my baking/cooking habits and therefore can probably tell you everything I already have in the cabinet. As far as the freezer goes, we have two and I keep a dry erase board on each one with a list of the contents. I still thought it would be fun to try the list out so I could recommend (or not) it to others.

The same goes with financials. There are some really cute pages available (and most for free) that would be very helpful in budgeting. At some point this year, I am going to sit down and actually give them a go. In the meantime, I use Quickbooks on the computer and that is how I keep my budget and finances in order. So, the paper system on the financials is probably not something I’ll continue.

I will insert Video #1 here. I had to do two shorter videos as opposed to one long one for upload purposes. As you will see, I don’t quite have the video down pact. It’s sideways and cuts off half my picture. It sure is more difficult than it looks. I apologize. I just could not figure out how to rotate it.

I’ve been using my book review system for a few weeks now and I must say that it is working every bit as well as I thought it would. I love having all of my items in one planner rather than scattered between two or three. I know that I can grab that one planner and head out of the door if need be and feel confident that I have everything I need at my fingertips. Ummm. Maybe I will do those financial sheets after all as I do not regularly tote my computer.

My daily sheet that I insert is something I will never give up. I find that I really need a time schedule to keep myself focussed. I also plan on using the Week at a Peek for a long time. It helps that I don’t have to flip back and forth between my book review calendar and the current week. I move my sticky notes to this page and I have the information sitting there for my use. I also enjoying having the extra space on the page to jot down notes about future posts. The monthly view does not have room for me to put these notes and I wouldn’t want to clog up the review list with notes.

Getting back to the freezer and pantry inventory sheets, I am thinking it might not be a bad idea after all. A long time ago, I used to enjoy planning out the week’s menus and I am considering doing it again. It would be fun to plan the menu and then sit down with Hubby and get his input – or maybe not. He is a man who is happy with a can of soup (not that I would EVER serve him that!) He isn’t hard to please although there has been the occasional experiment he’d rather not see on his plate again.

The only party I normally host is my annual Cookie Swap each December. Someone who entertains a lot could label this section “Parties” or “Entertaining.” I have a spread sheet with all of the contact information for each invitee, their RSVP, and the cookie they are bringing. I also have my invitation information handy. After each party, I take this sheet and file it in my Cookie Swap scrap-book. It is nice to have the list handy in the event I need to contact someone and it also makes it easy to keep track of the responses.


Then we all need notepaper, especially me. This section is handy when I attend meetings. I know that I can grab my planner, head out the door, and know that I will have paper and pen to take notes.

Image-1I have one other page which I haven’t put in yet and it is from Motivatedmoms.com. It is a week at a glance and includes daily chores, weekly chores, and a weekly Bible reading chart. The system also has an app where you can check off the chores as you do them, or add more depending on your lifestyle. I will let you know how I like the page as time goes on.

That about wraps up my desk planner. I also use a personal size planner/wallet to stay organized as I do not carry my desk around on a normal basis. I’ll be doing a video on it at a later date – maybe after I improve my video skills.

Feel free to comment or ask questions. I love planner and organizing questions!

Melvedy Designs on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=melvedy%20designs&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US&ref=auto1

I heart organizing on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IHeartOrganizing?ref=shop_sugg

A Bowl full of Lemons: http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2013/10/the-rainbow-planner.html

Day-Timer Malibu: http://www.daytimer.com/daytimerstore/mwv/cat/Malibu/Malibu_80?pageName=catPage&rootCatId=Collections_80&catId=Malibu_80&isEqual=true&parentId=Malibu_80&_requestid=88732

A Girl and her Blog: http://justagirlandherblog.com/plan-to-achieve-your-goals-this-year/

Hello Cuteness: http://hellocuteness.com/2013/12/free-printable-new-years-resolutions-lists/

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Organization Destination Fascination

I’ve long been fascinated by personalities, which has been evident by the number of posts I’ve done on my blog about the subject. And, within the confines of personality, I have been fascinated (there’s that word again) by the organizational skills and habits of others. I equate that with driving by houses at night that leave the lights on and the curtains open. I’m not a peeping Tom by any means but having the opportunity to peer into someone’s house to check out their decorating skills while having to wait for a traffic light to change, well, that is like dangling candy in front of a child – or my Hubby. I just can’t help myself. I want to know what color they’ve painted the living room. By this same token, I am absolutely enthralled with how others organize. If someone dares to open their planner near me, beware because I am all eyes.

I want to see what you write and ask about your system of organizing your thoughts. Do you use numbers or bullets? Do you doodle? Yes, I become a child again and my curiosities take hold. And, today, with everyone blogging and bragging and showing off their planners, it’s a candy paradise out there in plannerland.

I have long since been a fan and user of organizational tools, Day-Timer in particular. It’s been so long that I couldn’t even tell you how I first became aware of them (Day-Timer). I do, however, remember the very first time I saw someone’s planner. I was working at a local university and had taken a newsletter to the printing department to speak with one of the workers there. As we began to set up the dates that my boss would need the newsletter by, she pulled out her brown leather planner and opened it up. The minute she put the pen to paper and I had the time to observe this interesting book, I was hooked. It had a calendar! I lost all interest in what she was saying as my mind began ticking away all of the ways this little book could help me stay organized. After much discussion and a showing of the other sections in her planner, I couldn’t sit still. I was going to look for a planner of my own.

And I did. I found one that very afternoon. It wasn’t expensive or elaborate, but it was mine! The color was navy blue and it was beautiful, at least to me. The size was what I now know is a desk size. My love of planning had taken hold. I began that very night adding in little details on the calendar that I needed to track. I also began my to-do list for the next day. My life was transformed by that little navy book and I carried it everywhere. This same woman invited me to my first American Business Woman’s Association meeting (ABWA). Joining this organization was a pivotal moment in my life. It literally began my transformation into a confident young woman. (Thank you Kelly.)

Joining ABWA and then a couple of other organizations quickly filled up my little planner and I moved on to a larger size in order to accommodate the paperwork that came with holding offices in each of the organizations. That was the beginning of my planner using days, which have continued through today, except for that brief interruption by technology in the form of an iPhone. I guess you would have to be a fan of paper planners to know the comfort of having a little book to thumb through and write your thoughts down as well as your schedule…which brings me to the point of today’s post – other than nostalgia.

As well as my desk size planner that stays on my desk at home – which is where I work from these days – I have switched to a matching personal size (Day-Timer Malibu) that travels with me. I use it as a planner wallet.

What I find so fascinating today is so many woman are enjoying their planners and sharing them with other women (and some men!) Each of their unique personalities comes out in the way their planners are set up and arranged. And, you can gleam a lot from looking through someone’s planner. Mine are set up – everything has a place and everything in its place – much the way my entire life is set up. This was never so evident as in the way I went about decorating the Christmas wreath hanging on my front door. As I stood back and observed, I had to eventually laugh at the realization that my attempt at “organizing” my wreath wasn’t working. It became quite evident that organizing and decorating are two distinct different entities.

And, as I posted a photo on Facebook with a caption stating that I could organize anyone’s life and not break a sweat, my talents definitely did not lend themselves to decorating a wreath. I guess I wasn’t too surprised when my loyal friends began laughing and commenting that it represented my personality – umm laugh right along with them? Yes, until I cried! It really was true (and funny). It’s odd how our personalities show up in the oddest places. And, lucky for me, my friends came to the rescue. One old friend came to “mess it up a little” and one new friend came to “fix it up a little” and the end result is magnificent to me. It really touched my heart that they would do this wonderful thing for me.

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And getting back to the subject from which I digressed, here are a few pictures of my personal planner/wallet. It is a pretty red color and snaps closed. On the inside cover is place for business cards or credit cards and identification (which is not how I organize mine, but the option is there). There is also an open pocket and a zippered pocket that doesn’t show in the picture. I keep my change and money there.

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Front cover, pebble-grain leather
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Inside front, slots

Next up is my first category. I have card sleeves here where I have a few favorite photos. I also carry my insurance card and driver’s license in one of the card sleeves.

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Tabbed dividers
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Pictures

Next up I have a plastic sleeve with a few stickers for use in my calendar, then a plastic sleeve where I keep a few one dollar bills that are easy to reach. (FYI – The notepaper is concealing private information.)

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Sticker sleeve
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Left – Drs. License, Right – money sleeve

Located behind my credit cards is a pocket folder for receipts when I shop. Next up is my calendar.

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Pocket folder for receipts
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Divider for calendar

Located behind my calendar are sections for note paper and grocery lists, menu planning and coupons as well as a pen holder.

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Notepaper, Menu Planning
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List making

To make my planner/wallet more personable, I made colorful dividers and added pretty monogrammed note paper. I am a girly girl and love my pretty pretty! This system works quite well for me. I have everything I need at my fingertips and I love the organization this planner affords me.

I hope you found this post informative and helpful in your own organizational needs, or maybe it has inspired you. Have any questions? Please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to either answer it or address it in a future post.

Now, for the question! What system have you found works best for you as a wallet?

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Challenge – Organize your planner supplies

After using only my iPhone the last year for keeping track of my life, I have recently gotten back into using my paper planner. I have always loved Day-Timer products and have been using them for twenty-five years.

When I first began using a planner, the choices for inserts were quite limited. Today, the world is literally your oyster as the saying goes. Everywhere you look, someone has designed an insert. They are readily available through blogs and on the popular site, Etsy.

With the surge of women returning to paper planners (or some never having left) blogs and Facebook groups are popping up to unite and support women in their efforts. Never has it been more fun than now to track your life in a planner. I have jumped on board with the new wave of planner decorators who are combining their scrapbooking talents with their life organization skills and in the process I have accumulated a collection of “planner supplies”; pens, stickers, Washi tape, sticky notes, and notepads.

At some point, the supply mound will begin to topple and some organization is needed. This post is all about my Planner Organization Cart. I spend a good deal of time in my office and want it to be full of happy colors. My cart is a refreshing addition. It was purchased from IKEA and is heavy duty. It is heavy and what I like most about is that I can reach over and pull it out from beside my desk when I need supplies. It rolls easily.

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The front of the cart
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Front view, side view and rear view

Each shelf is dedicated to a different element of planning. The top shelf holds a pink Craftsman Tote. I use the tote to store a few color pens, scissors, hole punches and decorative papers.

The second shelf is dedicated to paper products. I have a few favorite containers that I like to use and I can fit three of them stacked comfortably on the shelves. I have containers for note pads, my 2014 planner pages, stickers, and various sticky notes.

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The containers I use nestle on top of one another. A few other containers that I am partial to can actually be found on the fishing tackle aisle! I use plastic tackle boxes for an assortment of things in my house. I use them to organize my makeup. I use them to organize jewelry. And I use them to organize my Washi tape in my cart.

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Tackle box
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Plastic containers with locking lids

I find some of the craft containers that feature some of the same setups as tackle box are not quite as tall and tend to crush the Washi tape. The plastic containers with locking lids (these are from Wal-Mart) sit nicely one on top of the other and the handles secure the lids. Here, you see the Washi tape in the tackle box and my pens are sorted by colors and housed in 4×5 picture cases that I purchased Joann‘s on-line.

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The bottom shelf houses color pens, stamps, washi tape and my label maker
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Small container holding stamps and ink pads
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Sticky pads, washi tape, supplies

And, that is how I have organized my Planner Supplies. The challenge I am issuing is for you to start the new year with your supplies organized. I am the moderator of a planner’s group on Facebook and I invite to join us and post pictures of your planning station. You can find Southern Charm Planners at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LouisianaPlannerGirls/

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Washi tape in a tackle box
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A back view of the cart. The wash tape container stands on its end and fits perfectly. The smaller container of washi tape is a 5×7 picture case.
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I love this label maker. I can plug into my computer and use all the fonts available there.
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Labels made using computer generated fonts.
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Color pens
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Join in the fun here and hop across the blogs as you make new friends.

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