Filo Finds

I can’t remember when I bought my first Filofax. I know I’ve bought a few over the years, mostly pre-kidlings. Then when life got too busy for me to be organised my Filos fell into disuse. But I knew they were in my house somewhere…



My first filo find was the Knightsbridge personal (see previous post). I found this doing a mini declutter.

A few weeks later I found an A5 brown Domino



Then a couple of days after that I found this beauty




The strange thing is I didn’t find these two in piles of clutter. Each time they were lying on the floor when I walked into my Family Room. It’s almost as if the Borrowers realised I’d rediscovered my Filo love and were returning their spoils to me (although I’d love to know what use the Borrowers found for the Filos).

Finding the jade Finchley struck a chord and checking my handbag collection I found that I did indeed have a couple of Filo bags.



Before going on holiday I needed to change my purse for a smaller one for travelling and in my collection I came across this one which feels very Cross/Classicesque.


I have no idea what style it is though

A few days ago when walking past a shelf in my bedroom, this caught my eye


I think I must have used this for work or study in the long distant past but I’ve immediately swapped my A4 Metropol work filo for this. It’s a little the worse for wear but still lovely.

And finally (I hope), just yesterday when I was trying to find a notebook I came across this



I was obviously using this to jot down plots and story ideas but must have got out of the habit. Now it’s a gorgeous little Filo, but I’ve already set up my personal Chameleon as my creative writing Filo and can’t see any reason to change.

So there you have it. I have quite the collection of Filofax products. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them. Perhaps I really should sell some, either on Ebay or through Philofaxy but at the moment that just seems like an extra To Do I can do without.

I wonder whether there’s a record for the largest number of Filofax products. It could be worth attempting…

How I’m using my Filofax Luxe

Even I admit my Luxe was a rather expensive impulse purchase

Initially I thought it could work as my general planner but unfortunately the rings are just too small.

So I’ve set it up as a binder for book and film reviews

To make this front sheet I used clipart and graphics on A4 100g paper which I cut to A5 and laminated
At the beginning I have a list of the Telegraph 100 books to read

I then used the book review file from the Philofaxy blog to make the inserts

The covered Today ruler acts as a divider between book reviews and film reviews

I like this washi tape. It says “the surroundings become serene in deep silence and I enjoy my own time

For the film reviews I made some tweaks to the book review file

so I’ve got Director, Actor/Actress, Date.

I have two sets of Filofax A-Z dividers where I’ll file the reviews once completed. At the moment I’m thinking I’ll file by title for films and by author for books but if I get really adventurous I may file the films by director.



Unexpected find

Sorting through one of my filing cabinets I came across my first Filo rediscovery.

Personal Knightsbridge

It’s a little scuffed and could do with some real TLC. I’ve googled caring for lambskin leather and I’ve seen suggestions for using cornstarch on stains. Sounds a little weird to me so I’m going to take it down to the leather repair shop this week and get their advice (another thing to add to my to do list).

Funny thing is I have absolutely no memory of buying this Filo but there was a 2008 diary so I was using it as little as 4 years ago. I currently can’t envisage any use for it so it’ll go on my shelf until I decide whether to start selling some of the collection.

Oh dear…

and I mean that financially.

I stepped into a well known London store that sells Filofax products last week. I wanted to pick up some clear plastic envelopes and see the Chameleon organisers up close and personal.

One of the sale items was this lovely wine Holborn zip.


Now I’ve wanted a zip Filo for a while so obviously it had to go home with me. Fickle creature that I am, despite my declarations of love for the Malden, this zip has become my handbag Filo.

As I browsed the shelves one particular item caught my eye, and refused to let it go.


the absolutely gorgeous red A5 Luxe. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was at a very slightly reduced price but I couldn’t resist anyway.

I expected this would be my final Filo purchase but…


this little beauty was on Filo Fr so it made its way across the channel to me and arrived yesterday.

I really hope my collection’s complete now. I almost have all my “working” Filos set up, which leaves around 10 Filos left languishing on my shelf.

My growing obsession

Remember when my Filofax collection looked like this?


This is what it looks like now

excuse the quality of the photo, it’s partly because I’m using a cheapish camera and mostly because I’m a rubbish photographer

In case you’re interested from left to right I have
A5 purple Finchley
A5 purple Malden
A5 rose Malden
A5 black Identity
A5 brown Hamilton
A5 cream Classic
A5 red Flex
Personal crimson Malden
Personal crimson Finchley
Personal brown Kendal
Personal purple Domino
London Organiser (so not a Filo)
Pocket pink unknown
Pocket brown Osterley
Lying across is my A4 Metropol

I gave kidling 2 my personal pink Metropol. Somewhere in the house I have a green(ish) personal Finchley and I’m sure once I’ve decluttered I’ll find it (and several others I’ve bought over the ages)

So what am I planning to do with them all? I don’t know – I’ve never been someone who wants to use one organiser for everything since I’m adamant about keeping work separate from home.

I was using the A5 Classic for work but found I was really using it for appointments and daily to dos – so a fairly expensive diary. I set up a work planner using a normal A4 ringbinder but although I love the setup (and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks) the folder wasn’t appealing to my “aesthetic sensibilities”. So I bought the A4 Metropol specifically for work.

I’m now in the process of setting up the Classic as my Family Management binder. A bit like the Dodo Household Stuff Book.

I’m using the crimson Malden (which I am completely in love with) as my handbag FIlofax. I did try using the pocket Osterley for a few days but I’m not a big fan of the pocket size generally. At the moment I just swap the Malden for the Osterley if I’m going shopping. I have some ideas for the A5 Maldens and Finchley but nothing set up yet.

I’m thinking about doing separate blogposts for each of my Filo setups. Not sure.

Resist everything but temptation

I’m not sure what came first – the need to get organised or my desire for a new filofax. They’re pretty related in my mind.

It’s not like I actually need a filofax.

And this doesn’t include the A5 Classic I have at work, the A4 filofax I’ve misplaced or the 2 Personal and 2 Pocket organisers I gave to the kidlings.

But need never really came into it.

So I added to my family with an A5 purple Malden


I also have an A5 Flex which I got off ebay on its way.

Now I’m trying to decide which ones to use and how to use them which involves lots of you tube and blog watching aka more procrastination.

I wonder whether I can buy shares in Filofax?