Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Moving into the Malden Pocket
For the last year or so I've been using a variety of Filofax (and Kate Spade) Personal-size binders with a variety of inserts, eventually settling on a day-per-page layout divided up with tabbed month-on-two-pages sheets and color-coded notepages in the back. I recently decided to try out downsizing this setup, which first led me to using Slimline binders and carrying only 2-3 months worth of pages at a time, and a reduced selection of notepages. After just a couple of weeks I moved back into a full-size binder; the Slimline was not going to work.
I put downsizing on the back burner for about a month before I started thinking about moving everything to the Pocket size. This obviously means losing access to all my Personal binders, but that's a risk I'm willing to take, and there's no guarantee I won't want to go back to Personal at some point in the future.
To make the transition I did my best to match my current layout with Pocket pages in a binder I knew I would love, the black Malden. I already own two Malden Personal-size binders, so this was a no-brainer.
As for the pages, I did have to switch to Filofax-branded PPD sheets, since my Da Vinci sheets don't come in Pocket size. I also had to forego using green-colored notepages, since Filofax apparently doesn't make those in Pocket size. For the green-colored notes I've switched to yellow. I am, honestly, not very happy about this. I may end up ordering some green notepages from Japan. Nearly everything else, however, was easy to transition over, down to the quad-ruled notepad in the back. One gripe: the Pocket size notepad is very small-ruled, it's clearly just a shrunken version of the Personal quad-rule, and on top of that the printing is very dark. I find it hard to read my handwriting on the quad-ruled paper, and I may have to source another brand for my next notepad, or switch to traditional lined paper.
Here's a summary of my layout:
Second is my Korean section.
Next is the calendar portion.
I keep the whole calendar section demarcated with Filofax organizer stickers at either end. As you can see, I'm quite a fan of stickers. I like to buy Japanese and Korean diary stickers on Etsy and use them to illustrate my Filofax. I'm thinking of bringing an empty bag to Korea just to fill with stickers. :)
Past the calendar pages is my proper notes section:
I use color-coded sheets for different areas of my life. Purple and blue for home, pink for personal, yellow for work and orange for my dog.
At the very back is another top-opening envelope with my Northwest Forest Pass, which I keep with me all the time because if I didn't I'd never remember to take it with me when we go hiking.
The full-length wallet-style pocket is used for full-sized sheets of paper that I need for reference. It's pretty much temporary storage, if something is that important I'll find a way to get it into the binder properly, rather than cramming the back pocket full of papers.
You can find more photos of this binder and some of my other Filos on my Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stirwise/