moving into a new planner is exciting. but it can get stressful if i feel like i’m just moving a mess from one planner to another!
in this post, i take stock of my existing planner setup before i move into a new one. more specifically, i go through my ochre malden and decide what will (and will not) go into my new spring planner. part 2 will show you the new planner once i’m all moved in!
will i use the new planner in the same way?
i’ve been in my filofax malden for half a year now. it’s my on-the-go planner and my wallet. it’s worked out well, but i may want to switch things up. i don’t think my new planner will serve as a wallet.
how cute is that hipster frenchie dashboard though? i found him at michaels, and he’s definitely sticking around for the new planner!
don’t move EVERYTHING into the new planner.
in the photo above, i have a doctor’s appointment reminder clipped to my first divider. that was the perfect spot for it when the receptionist handed it to me weeks ago! but i’ve calendared it already, so i don’t need that slip of paper anymore. i clean out loose papers and old notes before moving into a new planner. you know, some basic housekeeping.
i also have my manicurist’s business card tucked into that front pocket. that’s the trouble with using your filofax as a wallet. more stuff accumulates than would otherwise! i’m going to put her number into my phone and throw out that card before moving into the new planner.
keep only the inserts you actually use.
i never used to use the contacts pages that came with the filofax. everything was in my phone, after all! but what if you forget your phone, or its battery dies? that’s why i keep emergency numbers on these pages at the front of my planner. in fact, i’ve been meaning to add some convenient work numbers as well. so these contacts sheets will definitely go into the new planner.
i made this printable to keep track of jagger’s vet visits. i’ve mainly been using it to keep track of his flea medication. my husband reminded me though that it’s also helpful for insurance reimbursement requests. so this one’s a keeper.
get rid of unhelpful or non-useful inserts
i’ve picked up some great tips from bullet journalers. one of them is to create simple trackers using grid paper. i made the one above to track my monthly bills, but it was tucked behind my calendar pages. i just wasn’t checking it enough or at the right times to ensure my bills were getting paid on time. out it goes!
speaking of calendar pages…
here we are a week into may and april is still in my malden! i’ve been so busy that i haven’t updated my calendar pages. for the new planner, i’ll take april out and start with may.
the two clips you see in the picture above aren’t purely decorative. they hold my “mission board” in place.
this mission statement spread goes behind the current month’s divider. it’ll go behind the may tab in my new planner.
don’t try to cram too much into your poor rings!
i love a chunky filofax as much as the next girl! but the poor rings can only take so much. so, you have to decide where you can cut back.
for me, that’s the calendar portion. i keep just 4-5 months of inserts in my planner at a time. to save even more ring space, i include weekly inserts for the current and next month only. the rest of the months just get a monthly view. i don’t need to do any detailed planning this far in advance. and i can use that real estate for lists and note paper!
scan for unneeded sticky notes and page flags
last but not least, flip through your entire planner for old and obsolete sticky notes.
my husband and i have been working so much this year. we COULD NOT for the life of us find a good weekend to get away. see the sticky note above! we moved some stuff around and finally freed up our anniversary weekend!
i have since made hotel reservations and calendared our trip. i’ve marked it in my monthly view and this yearly pull-out view that’s great for marking travel days. so, i don’t need that sticky note anymore. i throw it and any other obsolete notes out before moving inserts into my new planner.
stick around for part 2 to see how the new planner turns out!
how do you “spring clean” your planner? share your tips below. and if you liked this post, please share it with your planner friends!