Thursday, 1 November 2012

Review Of The A5 Filofax Family Organizer Pack

This is a review of the Filofax A5 Family Organizer Pack, this is currently only available on the Filofax USA website, but thanks to Tracy (Crazy Suburban Mom) & Crystal (Circus Life with Disturbed Mamacita) i was able to get my hands on some of these packs. They dont have all the pages to look at on the website so i thought i would do a review of all the pages in this set so people can see what is actually in this pack as the contents differ very much from what the website says.

This is what the pack looks like

The diary section is a week on 2 pages column format, it has a column for each day of the week including Saturday & Sunday, then it has rows underneath with My Plans being the first 3 ( which are divided into morning, midday & evening ) Then 4 rows for different family members plans. Underneath this is a final row for meal planning which i wish was a little bigger so you could fit all 3 meals of the day without it being so squishy. Then right at the bottom is a blank space for memories where i guess you can put whatever else you want.

Then there are the inserts, this comes with loads of inserts that dwarf the amount of pages in the diary section.

Firstly i will start with Parent Information Sheets (2) 
These have spaces for all your important information such as name, address, drivers license no, business address, telephone. Please see photo for full details.

Family Information Sheets (10)
Basically the same as Parent Information with some changes

Pet Information Sheets (10)
These have spaces for pet name, vet, groomer, animal hospital etc. Please see picture for more details.

 S.O.S Sheets (10)
These have parts for local police, local hospitals, local pharmacies, friends, family

 Home Sweet Home Sheets (2)
This has space for all the companies you may need to call, power, water, garbage, car repair etc.

Babysitting Information Sheets (25)
This has space for where we will be, mom & dads numbers, bedtime rituals, feed them etc.

  Notes Pages (10)
I wish there were more of these, i think i will have to wait to use them for something special

Shopping Lists (30)
These have sections for meat/fish, canned foods, fruit/vegetables, frozen food, drinks, dairy, bread/cakes, clothes, pet food & household.

 It A Chore Sheets (20)
This has columns for chore, who, where & done. Great for keeping the kids on top of their chores

Birthdays & Anniversaries ( 3 yearly sets)
Space for date, name, occasion, gifts, year

Travel Itinerary Sheets (10)
Loads of information to be packed in here including departure info, hotel info, return info, travel agent etc.

School Days Sheets (10)
With space for student, school, teachers, after school programs etc.

Party Time Sheets (10)
This has parts for occasion, guests, menu, drinks, decorations etc. I would say i wish this was spread over 2 sides so it would give more room to write down everything needed for a party but i guess i could always use blank paper with this to make it work.

Solving Dilemmas (10)
This has space at the top for what your dilemma is, plus 21 rows with pro's on one side and con's on the the other

Budget Sheets (10)
This has category of income or expenditure, budget amount, actual amount spent, difference & notes

Address Sheets (24)
This has all the normal address stuff on them

The Sports Page Sheets (10)
This has 3 columns for 3 family members, with rows for many different things including family member, sport, team name, coach, practice days etc.

Then we have To Do Sheets (10)

It also comes with a-z dividers in white which im not going to photograph as i guess you already know what they look like.

I love this pack, i think it is so useful and will make up a big part of my home binder filofax setup for next year.

But this is what the Filofax website say comes with the pack can you see the difference? There are up to triple of some of the pages in this filofax pack and I personally feel like filofax dont actually want to sell this product much like their hidden time management inserts.

What do you think?????????

Full contents:

Week on Two Pages
Family Diary July
Subject Indices 6 Part x1
Personal Information x1
Family Member Information x3
Babysitting Information x10
Student - School Days x3
Party Time x5
Home Sweet Home x1
Pet Information x3
The Sports & Clubs Page x5
Budget Sheet x5
S.O.S. x2
Travel Itinerary x5
Solving Dilemmas x5
Birthdays and Anniversaries x6
Meal Planner x5
It's a Chore x5
Shopping List x15
Addresses x10
To Do Sheets x5
Ruled Notepaper Sheets x5


  1. I quite like the diary layout - even though I don't like the ordinary column diary layout. This is an interesting pack, although I wouldn't use a lot of the sheets as I don't have children. Are you planning to use the time management sheets as well this year? I remember your previous post about those which was really brilliant!

  2. Yes i think the pack is based mainly around having children which works for me but not everyone i guess. There are some things i still like about the tm inserts like the days of the week column where i could plan my meals, cleaning zones for that day and important appointments but i found it had too much room for to dos & notes and as i am using day per page now as well for my daily to do's i felt i didnt need to keep repeating myself in the weekly then daily format i just found it too time consuming. This way i will use one of the family rows in the weekly view for my most important to do/do's for that day and leave it at that, and now that my son is going to school i find i need more space for his stuff (inset day, jeans for genes day, sports day) which the tm inserts just didnt give me. Thanks for your comment Alison.x

  3. I love the Family planner! Although, it is not available in Europe. Only in the US? For my personal planning I'm using a Personal size FF now, but my projects and familyplanning mostly in my A5.

  4. I use a personal as well for stuff i always need to have on me, but my A5 which i keep at home houses all my to do lists, accounts, financial information, grocery planning, detailed cleaning lists etc.
    Its such a shame they dont do it in europe only on the US website, i dont think it did well when it was sold here thats why they stopped selling them here but i think that is filofax's poor marketing as they clearly dont know what is in their own packs

  5. I'm going to have to think really hard on this pack i think i just may want that. all the info I need. thanks for sharing

    1. Thats ok, its exactly why i did this post because there is not a lot of information out there about it, happy to help.x