30 October 2015

Free For All Friday No. 363 by Anita

The lovely Tracy R. recently posted on Facebook about starting her 2016 decluttering early using her number one rule of 'if I lost it in a fire, would I repurchase it?' I think it's a great question to help me consider the possessions I keep in my life and unsurprisingly my thoughts turned to the binders I own. It seems recently that they have been multiplying and instead of my usual two or three, there are now seven in the house! However, I think I've been going through a period of figuring out what I really want in a binder, so it has been useful and I already know which ones will be rehomed. I will be writing more in some other posts about them, but here's my collection right now....
  • Black A5 Hamilton - to be sold as I know that A5 just doesn't work for me
  • Black A5 Stratford - kindly given to me, so I will probably give it away
  • Tan ostrich print A5 Time/system - I admit I purchased this when I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, but I don't need it so will sell it
  • Vintage Mulberry Agenda - whilst the A6 paper size is great, I don't think it's enough of a benefit for me personally to leave personal size, especially as I already own a fair amount of paper in this size
  • Black personal Kensington - repurchased as I missed it after selling it and luckily the buyer was happy to sell it back
  • Black personal Dundee - another recent addition as I realised that I like croc print binders and was missing my Ascot
  • Patent pink personal Domino - to be given away as I received it as part of a blogger challenge and haven't gotten around to it. 
I will be keeping my Kensington and Dundee, so that I can swap between the two for when I fancy some variety. The plan is that I won't feel the need to get back into my old habit of selling and buying. 

Do you own any binders that you wouldn't replace if you lost them in a fire?

And as always, as it's Friday please feel free to discuss anything Filofax or ringbound planner related.
Have a great weekend and happy Halloween.
   

20 comments:

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  2. Hi Anita,

    If it as possible can I take dibs on the a6 vintage mulberry! Please let me know when you will be selling it as I would love to purchase a binder in that size. Also I have a red kensington if you are interested in keeping a variety to switch in and out of :)

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    1. Hi Tea, please could you email me at info [at] anitalim [dot] co [dot] uk ?

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  3. I once owned an A5 Finsbury in yellow but gave it to my son. I know - what was I thinking? Anyway, I'm looking to replace it but in the meantime I bought the electric blue version. I love the colour but it doesn't feel as soft to the touch as my yellow one. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can improve its touch ability whilst waiting for a yellow replacement?

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  4. Kate - they soften up the more you use them. I stroked my Finsbury a lot and it got softer.

    I have a lot of binders, but I recently got rid of some due to realising that I probably wouldn't replacethem in a fire. I have a new-to-me Gilio and it is true love, so I think I will be rehoming a few of my planners. It's so easy to get,a lot of planners and not really think about whether you are hoarding them or not!

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  5. Thank you, Misfit. I'll give it a try.

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  6. I prefer Tracy's idea that the KonMari way of deciding whether or not to keep things- in the KonMari method, you ask yourself "does this item bring me joy", and if it doesn't get rid of it. I have lots of things that don't bring me joy- old saucepans that are scratched up but still work fine, for example- but it doesn't mean I should get rid of them, find I need some more to be able to cook, and replace them with ones that do bring me joy, because I don't have the money for that! That's why I don't think the KonMari way is a good approach to realistically sorting through your things. Tracy's way is great- it accounts for the things you need as well as the things you want.
    When I've decided I needed to have a purge of some of my binders, either because I had too many, I needed the money, or I wanted to buy another one (one in, one out), I always use this sort of question to decide which to sell. Every time I get tempted to sell one that I do love, I ask myself will I regret getting rid of it, and therefore would I need to buy it again? If yes, don't sell it!

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  7. I would be fine without one of my personal size binders since I do not prefer the size. I have been using my new Wo2P format that I designed a few weeks ago. It has longer lines and other functional aspects. I expected a package and blocked the information at the end of a line. I still had room on the line for another notation. I drew my layout for November. I think that it is important to use a complete insert and not resort to writing in a long list of times on the days or dividing the space with a ruler. Undated pages are functional if one likes the layout but I would rather not write in all the dates.

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  8. Just this week I updated my list of planners. I hadn't done this in over a year. Wow, I was shocked at just how many I have accumulated! I sorted them into Keep, Sell and Not Sure. About 1/4 will be sold, no question, never liked them. Another 1/4 will be kept for sure. The rest I am still debating, but I expect I will end up selling at least 1/2 of those. Selling all of these is a hassle and not something I enjoy. So, I hope I am learning a lesson from this.

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  9. My Fluoro Pink Original Filofax. I absolutely hate the color. Oh sure, I thought I HAD to have it. Huge letdown, and I couldn't return it. I sort of wish it would burn in a fire.

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    1. Put it on ebay. They are fetching nice prices in that color.

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  10. I am also thinking about getting rid of about half of my collection. I actually wanted to take pictures of some of them and send them to filowiki, but I haven't done it so far. All it actually requires is me borrowing a decent camera...
    Anyway, it has been very fun collecting all of these planners/organizers. I am keeping the awesome and my loved ones, but the rest has to go. The awesome ones are both practical and beautiful and lovely. The loved ones are not quite as practical, but I don't want to part with them - well, because they are lovely :)

    My most awesome A5 is my fairly new Lockwood Zip in Cognac and my most awesome pocket is my new to me Durham Zip. My loved A5 are my Luxe Ebony and my Topaz in brown (so sturdy and practical!). My loved pockets are Ochre Malden (best Malden leather ever!), Purple Malden and Brown Charleston. I am also keeping my Regency in brown, just because it is so slim. I have a few mini, but I rarely use them. I am keeping my Lyndhurst Zip (see a pattern here?), my Ochre Malden and my Guildford Extra Slim. Of cource I am also keeping my custommade VdS in pocket size :) They all spark joy, but it would be difficult to replace them if I lost them in a fire. The leather can be very different from one Filofax to another, I own several Maldens and they all feels different to hold. My Ochre Malden in pocket has such a lovely feel - when I picked it up in a store I did not let go of it until I had paid for it. It just had to be mine and I could not risk anyone else buying it!

    But I also have many Filofaxes that doesn't spark joy nor would I replace them if I lost them in a fire. The A5 I'm not keeping are my Ochre Malden and purple Charleston. I am certainly not keeping my black Bond, it has rusty rings!
    Pockets I am not keeping: Orchid Aston, black Boston, Ebony Luxe, black Malden, Navy Malden Zip (lovely colour!), brown Hamilton Zip (sadly, he could not compete with Mr. Durham), Mustard Finchley, an old brown Windsor and a Zip around I think is a Cosmic.
    Also not keeping my mini khaki Urban nor my red mini Piccadilly.

    The only one I am debating whether to keep or not is my mini Bloomsbury in hot pink. Oh! And I forgot! I actually have one personal sized Filofax: A pillarbox red Original. But it has ring issues, have no idea what to do with that one... Personal size is not for me, and I am desperately trying NOT to buy an A6 VdS Touch Me! I have a huge amount of planners/organizers, even without the ones I'm not keeping... And I am certainly NOT debating whether it should be a black one or the new light brown!

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    1. Hello, Maria ~ May I know more re your A5 Purple Charleston, and when you might let it go?

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    2. Hi Jacqueline

      I have already decided to part with it, so if you are interested in it, please send me a mail lycern [at] hotmail [dot] com. It would be lovely if I could find a new home for it :)

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    3. If anyone is interested in getting any of the Filofaxes I'm not keeping, feel free to email me at the above mentioned email address :)

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  11. I have a question since it's free for all Friday. I am new to the Filofax world and I am in love. My problem is I own the a5 patent pink original and the binder rings do not close completely. Can anyone make a suggestion to help me ?

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    1. Lark - here's a guide from an earlier post here on Philofaxy on how to fix ring gaps. I hope that one of the suggestions works for you.
      http://philofaxy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/fixing-ring-gaps.html

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  12. Most of the links to other sites are outdated.

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