I’ve spent sometime this year working to organize my life and my home. I plan on doing even more in the coming year. One way I’m doing this is by using a planner. For years I’ve used a three-ring binder and a DIY free planner. While this worked for awhile it was no longer working. Honestly in part because I always forgot to print more sheets. It’s also quite bulky.
The past year I researched planners and watched YouTube videos about planners. I really like the reviews Pretty Neat Living has done on planners. She does a great job showing the planners and how you can use them.
After all of my research I decided I wanted to try the Create 365 Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas. I chose this one because you can get an Arc type punch and add your own pages. I really liked the idea of being able to add things to it and being able to take out pages when planning.
You can find instructions here for how to resize printables to fit in your Happy Planner. This is perfect for when you find good planner printables like the health and wellness planner I got as part of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It really adds to the functionality of the planner.
The Happy Planner is also great for decorating and I was fascinated by the idea of using stickers while planning. I’ve always loved stickers and crafting. This seemed like a great way to be crafty while doing something very functional for my life.
The price of the Happy Planner was another big thing for me. Since I’m still trying to decide what type of planning will work for me I wanted something affordable. The Happy Planner is $24.99, which is pretty affordable as far as planners go. However, if you get it at Michael’s you can use a 40% off coupon and get a great deal. That’s what I did.
How I Use My Happy Planner
I’ve only had my planner for a few weeks but I’m getting a good system down. The weekly spread on my planner is broken down into morning, afternoon and evening. I actually use stickers to cover this up and have different sections. My sections are to do, blog, and personal.
In the to do section I put the chores and such I need to do for the day, blog is where I write what I will be doing for my blog that day, and personal is where I keep appointments, workouts and such. I haven’t really decided what I want to do on the sidebar. And I use the monthly calendar to keep birthdays, events, trips, etc…
Some people go all out when decorating their planner and make it more of a scrapbook. I like to keep my planner more functional but I do add some decoration as well. I have only ordered a few stickers so far and I’m waiting on some more. I will say there were a lot on my Christmas wish list as well.
Me and My Big Ideas makes nice planner stickers and I use some of those. I also really like looking at Etsy for stickers. The shop I used for a lot of my stickers is NikkiPlusThree. She has adorable stickers, both decorative and functional stickers. I’m currently using her header stickers, pill reminder stickers, workout stickers, and cleaning stickers.
I’d love to hear what planner you use if you use one. Also have you used planner stickers? If so, do you like more decorative ones, functional or both?
Want a free planner option? Check out my free DIY planner.