If you’re not already a part of the planner world, you may want to stop reading right here and exit this room!
There are SO many options when it comes to planners and calendars these days, and these “ain’t ya mama’s” planners. First, you just need to decide if you want a weekly or daily setup and from there you can go fully custom, you can decorate the pages until they’re unrecognizable, and you can simultaneously spend a TON of money at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I’m here to break down my very limited knowledge and maybe steer you in the right direction for your needs this school year.
In my humble opinion, The Happy Planner is top tier, and I would definitely suggest it as a starter planner for a crafty person. You can pretty much customize everything on The Happy Planner, down to the little buttons that bind it all together. My favorite highlights include the extensions pack that you can use to plan auxiliary things (i.e. meal planning, budgeting) and the sticker books for every season of life.
The Simplified Planner definitely has a cult following that most are proud to be a member of. Emily Ley has the most relatable back story about how she came up with the idea for The Simplified Planner! Her website has all kinds of cute stationary and planner accessories, and the launch days when new planners are released create quite the buzz on social media. If you’re looking for simple and functional this is the planner for you!
Erin Condren is another mama who turned a passion into a beautiful business. Among her products is her signature Life Planner. There are tons of beautiful cover options, lots of ways to customize, and my favorite thing is the STELLAR binding. Once you become a “planner babe” you may find yourself throwing your planner in your bag or in the car with you, so a durable binding system is a must.
If you’re not too sure about the planner life but want to get a taste, Hobby Lobby has an in-house brand called the paper studio. I love the paper studio because they offer lots of stickers, washi tapes, and planner options a lot like the other more premium brands. It’s a great option too because when the items go on sale you can stock up! Plus who doesn’t want an excuse to run into Hobby Lobby?!
Enjoy delving into the world that is planner life! Not only are you able to stay organized and mainstream major tasks, but you’re able to express your creative side while doing it.
Do you have a favorite planner, not on this list? Let us know!