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The Art of Clean Up

As a child, I’d take my tube (none of this hexagonal prism nonsense for me!) of Smarties, and sit on the carpet, happily making bar charts out of the Smarties in order of colour. Perhaps I was an odd child. Or perhaps it was my love of stats coming out at an early age. (No, I was odd.)




These images are part of a book by Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli called The Art of Clean Up, one in a series of books along the same themes*.

(via Swiss Miss, a blog I love far too much)

Filofaxes Are Not Cool

I have a bit of a confession to make.

I don’t like Filofaxes

I know! I blogged about how amazing mine was, and how it was going to help me get myself organised back in July. And it worked! For a while. But then I was bought an iPad for my birthday and started using that in place of the Filofax. In fact, it was only when I started seeing the hashtag “#filofaxclub” appearing from quite a few bloggers on Twitter that I remembered that I had a Filofax, and that I hadn’t used it in about 2 months.

I reorganised my tiny little room this week and found 3 half used Moleskine diaries, so perhaps its not because of the iPad that I’ve not been using the paper diary of a Filofax!

These are the apps I’ve been using in place of a Filofax (or any other type of diary of course!)


The built in calendar and contacts apps – they sync with my computer via MobileMe over the air. What else can I say about these apps – if you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably used them at some point.

Finding the 2do app was brilliant. I only bought it last week, but its really helped with my to-do lists. It also syncs with MobileMe (although you pay a bit extra for that) but it finally means I can use the to-do’s bit in iCal properly.


Plain Text is exactly what is says – a plain text app that is a blank page to type on. It syncs all its files to Dropbox, which is a free service and I can then edit the files on my computer. (Dropbox is also useful to get images from my iPhone and iPad quickly)

Hopefully this combination will keep me organised this year! How do you stay organised?

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