1. What is your favourite organiser (Make/model/size)?
I’ve been using organisers for about 30 years, and generally change them as often as I have hot dinners! So it’s something of a record that I’ve used my custom standard Van der Spek binder for just over a year without interruption. It’s brandy outside, mandarin inside, with contrasting stitching. Ironically, I am thinking about moving into a senior Touch Me in the new year to see whether the pockets configuration suits me better – I could keep my iPhone in there – which would mean the custom binder would live on my sofa and house the kind of info you want in one place. And I could pick it up and squidge it often! But I’ve just ordered a flyleaf in the colour combination with a pocket on the front, so don’t hold your breath for any changes …
2. How long have you owned it?
I bought it last November. My Dad, who’s never quite sure what to buy me for Christmas, gave me money. It was no contest what I spent it on.
3. What is it that you like about it so much?
The quality and the colours … Van der Spek’s outstanding work and customer service has now made me very picky about where I buy organisers from – it’s either them or pocket-sized ones from Japanese craftswoman Akiko. Filofax, please take note!
4. Do you use it all the time?
Yes. It gets thrown in and out of the car, chucked into bags and bounced on and off desks. It still looks pristine!
5. Do you think the design could be improved in any way? How?
I think I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of choice, so I chose the colours and went with the normal design. In retrospect, I wish I’d gone for a secretarial flap in the front, and also done away with most of the credit card slots, which I don’t use much, in favour of maybe two or three wider horizontal pockets. I’m freelance, and want to be able to store business cards in the front pockets, but the present size won’t take my bigger cards, and the smaller ones are difficult to fish out quickly. But it’s a minor issue in the scheme of things.
Sharon Wheeler is a freelance writer, editor and stationery addict. She is co-editor of www.crimereview.co.uk, one half of Two Fat Vegetarians (twofatvegetarians.wordpress.com) and tweets at @Lartonmedia.
Thank you Sharon
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