My Life OrganiserπŸ’–

So… I know you all can’t wait to see what I actually use as my organiser!!

I started with a paper planner that I bought in tkmaxx one year that was A4 in size and had divider tabs for the months, and this worked really well. As I went through the last few years however, and added notebooks galore with ASD stuff and meeting notes and my husbands mental health trackers, it became obvious that I needed an upgrade to keep everything together.

In came my filofax domino in red.


After weeks of research and Pinterest searching, I settled on my filofax. I fell in love instantly!!

It is A5 size, and this means I can take it with me in my (admittedly very large) handbag, and use it at home on my desk easily. I bought a single hole punch so I can add in any sheets I want, or need, and set to work having dividers for everything I need in my life to help me and my family get organised!

(there are photos of what came with the filofax on my Instagram 😁)

I added my lovely little pig charm that my kids had bought me for my bracelet but didn’t fit. I love having it there every time I use my planner, it reminds me of why I put so much time and effort into everything I do, to make their lives as stress free as I can and just spend quality time together as a family.

I still have my notebooks, I don’t think I could ever not have notebooks πŸ˜‚. I have a brain dump book that is also part mindfulness colouring in book. This is so good on a night when you are thinking about everything, but none of it in an order to be able to get it down. I write what I can remember and then colour in while thinking how to word everything else! Only then can I put all this information into my planner.


I will do a post this week on what dividers I use and show a glimpse of #insidemyplanner.

I am not a fancy planner, this is real life. It is used fluidly in that everything goes in here. It is not set up just to take pretty pictures of, it exists out of necessity and a little bit of creativity needing a home together.

I hope it helps someone struggling to know where to start, that it doesn’t have to be Instagram worthy to be really useful !



All About Me

A brief history of my life up to now …

I live in Northern Ireland with my husband, 2 kids, puppy Loki and a degu called Morpheus.

I met my husband when I was 18, bought a house together at 19 and had our daughter at 20… no one can say I’m not productive πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Shortly after this, my husband started to suffer with some medical problems, which in turn affected his mental health. We have good days and bad days, but keeping on top of all the family stuff that Needs to be done allows plenty of downtime to do what we Want to get done.

We got married a few years later, and my little surprise son arrived soon after that. He was very sick when he was born, and spent 13 days in NICU before being allowed home. We had a rough year of not knowing how his birth trauma would affect him long term, but settled in well as a family of 4.

My son has since been diagnosed as autistic but continues to impress everybody with his constant smile and willingness to learn new things. He is truly a walking miracle. He is able to go to a mainstream school, and has made some great friends at school and after school clubs. Let’s hope this continues when we look to change schools in 2 years time !

I then decided that a sick husband, 2 kids and a part time job wasn’t enough for me to juggle, so added 2 degus (sadly Merlin passed away earlier this year) and a puppy to the chaos !!

So that’s me in a nutshell. I have a full house and love it. 😍

My daughter is my rock in all this. She is growing up so fast and is the most beautiful, loving child a mum could ask for. She encouraged me to start my Instagram and from there my son encouraged me to start this blog. My poor husband now just has to listen to me planning what I’m going to post πŸ˜‹

I would love to hear from anyone who reads this that has encountered anything similar in their lives.Β  It can be a lonely place when you have so much to deal with at home. X

Also please check out my Instagram @paperclipsandgin


My step into the world of blogging

Well, here it is !! My very own blog.

I have wanted to do this for so long, but never had the courage to start. I always told myself that no one would want to read what I wrote, or see what I would publish, but today my son reminded me that it doesn’t matter. I can just be me, and you can take it or leave it πŸ˜‚

So ….. My blog will take you into my life. I have a husband with severe depression, a teenage daughter with a mighty attitude, and a son who is autistic. I work part time, and love to drink gin at the weekends with friends.

My passion is my planner. My life is in that book. And my families life is made easier because of it. I hope you enjoy what I do, and follow me on my journey of trying to organise an unorganisable troupe πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

#paperclipsandgin πŸ–‡οΈπŸΈ

( p.s My pet hate is there is no gin glass enoji… This needs to be fixed!!!)