Friday, December 26, 2014

Planner Storage and Organization

So I haven't posted an entry for a while. And it's funny how the last one I posted was about my planner. 

I gave up on it after about 3 weeks. The binder, while adorable, was just not big enough to hold everything I needed. Calendar, journal, food diary, and scrapbook all in one? Yeah, that wasn't going to happen.

So I've spent the last 6 months looking for a solution. I think I finally found it. I had this adorable Orla Kiely cosmetics bag I got from Target. I was using it as a carrying case for my scrapbook/interactive notebook stuff that I was taking back and forth to work. Well, it now has a new purpose.

On one side, I have a pair of reader glasses as well as my 4 books - food journal and 2015 calendar from MayBooks, a Picadilly journal (I have 4 of these. The current is labeled "January" and will be my daily thought journal, which I sometimes use when I'm waiting in the pick up line at Little Sis' school.), and a Paris journal that I had transformed into a calendar, but will now use it for a Smash Book type journal. 

On the other side are two containers - one with pens and one with Mr. Sketch Scented Stix - as well as two Elmer's Dot Runners to use in the scrap/smash journal. 

In the center pouch, I have scissors and Smash Sticks, which have a glue stick on one end and a fine pen on the other. I also have a pen and a pencil. In the zip pouch on the other side are Post-Its and various other sticky notes. 

What I love about this set up is that I can take it all with me and leave it in the car. I can't stand to have my purse weighted down with extra books or pens, and trying to keep it organized in my purse is a headache. I also can just take my calendar in a meeting. I haven't usually had to deal with meetings at work, but I'm part of the school's Action Team Partnership, so we have monthly meetings and events I have to keep track of. I keep everything on my Google Calendar, but I transfer to my paper planner so I have a snapshot of the entire month. I'm a little hyper-organized that way.

I think I may have reached a settling point with everything. Having separate books will allow me to keep everything separate. Of course, this is all subject to change should I get a wild hair or new supplies. 

How do you keep your calendar supplies organized? Do you just toss it into your bag? Do you use a paper calendar or a web calendar?

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