Change of Plans

In the midst of the immigration debacle, I have decided that I need to upgrade my planner system. 6 months ago, I decided to get out of my dollar (100 Yen) store B6 size planner and get a big ‘ole desk planner. I am now the mom of 3.  I have more to plan and there is just more to keep in order.

desk planner

What I neglected or rather learned the hard way, is that I need to put things in my planner that will keep me organized for the long term. Planning 3 years at a time seems to be a good time frame for me. My visa expires every 3 years and since that is the most important date in my life right now, I think that will work best as my “plan into the future” marker.

As a SAHM I am responsible for keeping the family organized. When to make a bento for a field trip? When are uniforms changed for the season? When do shirts need to be starched for a meeting? I thought it was so hokey before I had my family, but now I get it. Sending your child to school without a bento on a field trip could easily stay with them until middle age and send them to therapy that may not be covered by their insurance.

So right now I am looking to get out of my spiral notebook style desk planner and into an A5/6 ring style. This is a serious game, this planner stuff. If you are drawn to the fancy stuff(as I am), a Filofax can cost you between $40-$300 easy. Now I won’t kid you. I am heading that way, but I want to try the 6 ring system out before I make that kind of commitment.

Look what I found!6 ring planner

A real leather 6 ring binder. It is literally a piece of leather with binder rings. Nothing fancy, but it will allow me to try out the 6 ring system and see if I like the size of the pages and the ability to change the order of the information. It will also allow me to do some more pretty planning in my leisure(yeah right).

I found it on Amazon for about ¥1,8000.

If you want to try a 6 ring system, I think this is an excellent idea. You can also find a storage binder that will lay flat and plan out of that for a while. It is a win win situation. If you like how your planning goes after a few months you can use it as a storage binder once you upgragde. If you hate it…..well it only cost you a few bucks.

Another cost effective piece to this is the inserts. Most of them are not that pricey, but to be stuck with all of that paper if you hate the ring system won’t be fun. The solution? Printables. At first I was totally annoyed. I am a DIY Queen for many things, but for some reason this was not working for me. I kept searching and found PrettyFiloPlanner The weekly printable insert is just $3.00 and it is the gift that keeps on giving. I only print a month or two out and use them. They are undated so I can stop and start whenever. If the system works, I can print out a whole year’s worth, if not, no love lost.

weekly layout

I hope I fall in love. I never want to experience the shock and trauma of missing something so serious and important ever again. Immigration worries are not fun!

If you have a planner binder, system, or A5 inserts that you would like me to try out contact me via

Be Well,

Tara K.

About Tara Kamiya

I am a personality blogger of Japanese & African American marriage and motherhood. Featured in the U.S. on Four Weddings Season 2. For product reviews, speaking engagements and appearances please contact me via email:
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