With the new academic year right around the corner I decided it was time to start looking for a new planner. I take picking my planner fairly seriously because it is a big part of my life during the academic year. I was tired of buying the cheap, small planners from stores like Walmart and Staples. Below you can see my planner from last academic year. I’m pretty sure I got it at Staples for around $10.
This planner worked great for me last year. It kept me organized and housed all the information I needed for meetings, homework, and school activities. However, this coming year I am going to be involved with a bit more on campus which means I will need a better system to organize myself and all of my events. I needed something with enough space for homework, club meetings, executive board meetings, newspaper meetings and deadlines, and work. I thought that I was asking for a lot, especially being on a college girl’s budget.
Being the Pinterest nerd that I am, I went straight to the site to start my planner research. I ran into a lot of different brands that I have never heard of: Kikki K, FiloFax, Erin Condren, and some others. I looked at each of them individually, but there was something about the Erin Condren Life Planner that just captured my planner addicted heart. The layout was exactly what I was looking for – it was separated into different sections which was perfect for my busy schedule. That’s when I started looking at other people’s Life Planners. SO MANY STICKERS! The amount of stickers and washi tape that people used to decorate their life planners astounded me. I just had to jump on board and start right away. Thennnn I looked at the price. I tad pricey for a college girl’s budget, but the way I saw it is that my planner literally becomes a part of me once I receive it. It helps me with everything that I do and without it I would be a mess. Also, the Life Planner is an 18 month planner which I took into consideration. In the end, the pros outweighed the cons and I splurged.
My Life Planner is currently in production. I check the status of my planner every day. I know that may sound obsessive, but I cannot wait to get it.
While waiting for my planner I began to do some more research on how people use their Life Planners. I watched dozens of reviews, unboxings, plan-with-mes, and sticker hauls. I couldn’t get enough of it. That’s when I decided to go out in search of my own planner supplies. Before I get into what I purchased let me just share with you my biggest mistake: I did not set a budget for myself. I just started grabbing everything off the shelves that I thought I would or could use in my planner. About $60 later, this is what I came home with.
So pictured above I have items from two stores.
I went to Walmart first and bought: Papermate Flair pens (on sale), panda stickers, heart stickers, puppy/kitty stickers, star stickers, star foam stickers, thumbs up sticky notes, to-do sticky notes, Avery colored dots, 3 rolls of washi tape, a paper craft kit that was on clearance for $10 (Included: paper cutter, glitter tape, cardstock, paper, glue stick, glitter glue, stickers, ribbon, and some other items), a Hello Kitty sticker/coloring book (clearance), and two sheets of puffy stickers (clearance).
From Target I bought: Staedtler pens, 4 packs of page flags (dollar spot), two packs of sticky notes (dollar spot), a double pack of sticky notes (dollar spot), 4th of July whale stickers (dollar spot), and a tape runner.
Clearly, I was planner crazy and my frontal lobe shut down during the shopping process. However, I am excited with what I purchased and started thinking of ways to store my new planner supplies. I settled with using a cardboard box to store all my stickers and other accessories. I used the paper and cardstock from the kit from Walmart to decorate it and make dividers. The end resulted is pictured below.
I think it looks so cute all in one place like that. It can easily sit on my desk while I am writing in everything that I need to do. Needless to say I am super excited and ready for my planner to arrive. When it does I will share my unboxing with you. 🙂
If you are interested in purchasing an Erin Condren Life Planner use this link for $10 off your order 🙂