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Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Blogger Organization Kit

Organization is some people's nightmares. My brother, for example, felt that he had some point to prove by using a mangled binder that no longer even had the cardboard stuck to it. Well, I'm not even quite sure if we're related, because when I was a young one--centuries ago--I would wake up in the middle of the night to clean my room. Now, I'd say my schedule is a little too jam-packed to live that lifestyle, and I've relaxed a little bit when it comes to keeping my room clean, but I still have a penchant for organization and "perfection." Perhaps that explains why my handwriting is so small, or why, after someone cleans my room, I sweep it once more to make sure everything is in place. In other words, I'm satisfied with my organization kit, and since you're probably nosy, like me (you are reading my niche, after all), I decided to lay it all out. 

My collection of notepads my seem frivolous, but each one has its distinct purpose. I use a Red Moleskin Notebook to write down posts ideas--both for A Little Opulent and for this blog--as well as a small description about what I want to include in the post. If the idea has made the cut and is going to turn from a drifting cloud in my imagination to reality, I write down the notes concerning the post in another notebook: the Rifle Paper Co. Jardin Journal; each page has a title with the corresponding products, notes, or things I must include for said post. Then, it's time to employ the planner and collection of notepads. I use this Dozi Planner from Etsy to pen my editorial calendar and color code the events; I use red ink for Parisian To Be plans, green for ALO, and purple for personal events and holidays (and shout out to the Muji 0.5 mm Gel Pens because they rule the world). To organize to-do lists, I either use the Muji Checklist Memo Pad, which is certainly ideal for lists on account of the tick boxes. The Rifle Paper Co. Lined Paper Notepad is another favorite that I use more so for general lists, like photos I want to take, etc. Apart from stationary, I use a series of file folders to store information and handouts. I use my label maker for the titles of each (which no one warned me would be so addicting) in various categories such as "PR and Brands," "Parisian To Be General Info," and "Analytics Reports." One of the more fun products out of the lot are metallic Sharpies. I have both the Bronze and the Gold color, and, while they are certainly stunning, I've already returned them three times because they seem to dry out as soon as I get them home, even though I may not have used them.

Regardless, this organization kit has me sorted. And, since I'm nosey, too, what are some of your organization tips?

23 comments :

  1. This was such a good post Lili. I thought I had my content creation and planning down, but these tips are fantastic. I'm a little strange in that I do everything on paper in notepads before then writing up my editorial calendar through my google calendar (also that way me and Rebecca can have a shared one as well for ALO). I'm all about the colour co-ordination, but I feel like having one notebook for draft ideas and then another for ideas that have made the cut and in depth about each post would save me a lot of crossing out in my notebooks. Great post Lili!

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  2. You are an "Organization freak"! :P j/k! But this is something totally beyond me and I can only wish I had a little "organization" bone in my body so that I could have a easier life! I know that even if I buy the loveliest stationery, download all the best apps.. I am never going to remember to use it and eventually just run around to meet deadlines! :P :-)

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  3. Lets Talk BeautyJune 29, 2014 at 5:06 AM

    I love keeping organised, although Im not great at it - Im trying to keep lists & having cute notebooks always helps!

    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  4. This is perfect, at least three of the mentioned items are now on my "To Buy" list. And as for those without the need to organize every aspect of life; I sometimes feel sorry for them. I love having control over life and all little tasks etc. Plus it's the perfect excuse for buying more notebooks and other stationary! :)

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  5. I love organizing as we'll but since I got an iPad I have it all on there but I do have a few notebooks as well for blog ideas when technology hates me. In school though I was so neat and all my notebooks and everything had to be exact like you.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  6. I've never been so good at organization. I'm a crazy list maker but not in the most organized way. I have one moleskine notebook that I keep allll my notes in so once I've finished that I'm definitely going to come up with a more organized way to keep track of posts ideas and to do lists haha cause right now it's all in one. I did start another notebook for the books I've read for my book related youtube channel, does that count as organization? :P Hope you're well Lili!
    Amber | Lovely Notions

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  7. 'I would wake up in the middle of the night to clean my room.' This sentence rings so true for me! I was always that child who spent their pocket money on post-it notes and loved to fill in forms. I love posts about organisation probably as much as I love organisation itself, and this was such a joy to read :) x


    Megan / pixiecrop.com

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  8. I do jot down post ideas for blogger but i'm not nearly as precise or strict with myself which is probably why my posts aren't as regular or as well planned as yours! I still get up mid of night to tidy my desk up, i cannot stand clutter!

    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Very organised :)
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  10. I love organisation and stationary posts. It reminds me of when I was a child and my friends came round to play - I would have my special colouring pencils and then 'the guest' colouring pencils.

    Theres just something very satisfying about making lists in a pretty notepad.
    http://confessionsofamakeupnerd.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Ah, thanks, Jen! I should probably become a bit more of an electronic junkie, but I still have a penchant for pen and paper notes. But I'll definitely check out Google Calendar. I'm glad you liked the post. x

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  12. I'll take that as a compliment! Thanks, Divya. (: Eh, if it's not broke, don't fix it. x

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  13. I don't think I would be this organized if I had to use composition books; in other words, cute notebooks and stationary in general is ever-so helpful. x

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  14. Haha, I'm glad I could contribute to your list. (: Everyone is different, and some people can do perfectly fine in life without being ridiculously organized. It's just too bad they don't share the same stationary fettish that some of us do. x

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  15. You have no idea how this post helped me - I'm actually going to pick up some gel pens today so I can seriously start to colour co-ordinate AND I have a whole new notebook system after reading this - A notebook for idea creation and then a notebook for the posts and articles that made the cut! x

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  16. Keeping it on your iPad sounds like a great idea! I should definitely try that, although--call me ancient--I'm still such a paper junkie. x

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  17. I used to keep it all in one notebook, so no worries. i just discovered my penchant for pretty stationary, so now I just use this organization technique as an excuse to buy more notebooks. Ha! It looks (from the likes of your blog and YouTube) that you have a great organization system already, so don't fret! P.S. I'll try to respond to your email ASAP! Sorry for the long wait. x

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  18. I love posts of this genre, as well. Boring? Maybe. But I did it anyway. (: Oh my gosh: I cleaned my room at odd hours, too! I used to wake up in the middle of the night and clean it. It was very strange, but it's good to know that I wasn't alone.


    I think you're being modest; if you didn't have a good organization system, your blog would not be as amazing as it is. I'd say blogging on a schedule can be really difficult, especially since I'm such a perfectionist and feel the need to post no matter what, so it's definitely stressful, but maybe I should set up a different system so I don't save all the writing until one day. x

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  19. I'm glad you liked it, Megan...and my intense ordered syndrome is relatable. (: x

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  20. I'm sure your blog is lovely, Abby, but thank you for the compliment. Speaking of clutter, you should see my dorm room right now...ughhh, roommates. x

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  21. Aw, "guest colored pencils?" That's adorable! (: x

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  22. Gosh and I thought I was an organised nut case, ha! Just kidding, but I love jotting down random thoughts and ideas in notebooks too. I actually have one small one for on the go and a big sized one for at home. Often I just jot down ideas and thoughts in my little 'to do/notes' notebook, which is triple the size of the MUJI check list pad. I'd finish those within a few weeks, so it became a pricey habit (oops).


    I think I need to get my hands on the Rifle Paper Co. Notepad. This post is just feeding the stationary lover in me.

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