Monday, 22 October 2012

My Dirty Filofax Addiction

I like some things which other people find really bizarre. I love lunchboxes, bento decorations, travel cups (I have a collection which is quite getting out of hand) and most of all I love Filofaxes. My obsession goes back a long way. I was about 8 when my first FunFax landed in my hands and over the next few years I amassed quite a collection of inserts on trips to WHSmiths to spend Birthday/ Christmas book vouchers.
Fast forward to today and I own four Filofaxes. My use of such often meets quizzical glances from onlookers - they just can't understand why in the age of the Iphone/Ipad/Icloud wizardry I use an organiser 'from the 80's'. I love technology and it very much has a place in my life, yet nothing can quite replace having everything in one place - in an order of my choosing right there in my hands. It's true @mrflibbletweets finds it plain odd (even though he prefers 'old fashioned' pen and paper notebooks for meetings) and funny in a quaint kind of way. It just really works for me.
The organisers I own are - a cherry red personal Metropole, a yellow personal 'Hearts', pocket purple'Birdsong' and my current in use - a personal 'Swift' in sage.
In terms of 'classy' faxes suitable for vegans the choice isn't always that great, most of what they produce that could be considered 'high end' is made from leather. The metropole I own is fake 'leather' and as my first has long been abandoned due to cover becoming tatty. The 'Hearts' doesn't get used as it doesn't really have any card pockets and due to the type of elastic closure I was always getting bits of stuff dropping out.
So my main current organiser is a 'Swift' in personal size, and I use a pocket 'Birdsong' for my handbag. I love these mainly because of the durable canvas covers and the fact that they just feel like a nicer fax to the 'Apex' that's also currently out. I also customise with inserts from Organised Mum. Their 'Pick n Mix' range fit Personal sized binders - I have the Shopping & Menu planning, Finance & Budget and Family planning sections. I also find their sticker sheets infinitely more useful than those that Filofax produce themselves. In fact I've really been tempted by their 'Family Life Book' organisers and synthetic leather (states suitable for vegetarians) covers - but just love the customisable nature of the Filofax.

Really don't dismiss them. Filofaxes are still used and loved by many. I have my eye on an A5 binder next - I just need to find a use for it!


  1. HI,

    Great post.
    Did you make the Hello Kitty dividers yourself?

    grtz Lady Filo (

  2. Thanks :) Yes I made using card, stickers and an old labeling machine. Thanks for reading :)

  3. So cute where did you get your Filofax?