Planner Follow-up #1

This is labeled Planner Follow-up #1 because I’m sure there will be plenty other follow-ups over time…

We are moving into our busy time at work and I have so many hold files for so many projects it’s making my pretty little head spin. I decided to add a work calendar to my planner to help me keep track of things a little better. Currently my to-do lists are written on a giant post-it, which isn’t very portable… or organized.

I didn’t want the bulk from adding more of the Arc branded calendar inserts, plus I didn’t want to pay for another set. I did a little surfing in the web and found someone offering a plethora of free templates. You can check it out here if you’re interested.

Now, I haven’t dropped the $40 for an Arc punch, so I did the next best thing… headed to YouTube. And of course I found a walk through by MyMommyLife where she punched her own papers. Check it out here. I tried it out and it worked perfectly. I will tell you it’s a slow process, but it’s an argument of time vs money. It seems I don’t have much of either, but I was able to get this done while catching up on some tv. Killed two birds with one stone.

Looks just as good as the Arc branded pages!

And I haven’t forgotten about my promised dashboard post. I ordered some pictures to use from Shutterfly (I don’t have one of those fancy Fuji Instax cameras or printers… yet), so I did it the old fashioned way. At the time I ordered them, they were running a special where all 4×6 and 4×4 photos were free, you only pay shipping and handling. I’m waiting on those to arrive before I can put the dashboard together.


New Year, New Planner

I use to have a planner, back in junior high and high school… before planners were cool. My friends actually used to make fun of me and my organized ways! I’d write down test days, study groups, cheer-leading practices, movie dates… everything. To me it just made sense.

Fast-forward 20 years and a lot of technological advances, and my planner is now on my iPhone. But oddly I’ve found myself carrying around random pieces of paper with list or ideas, and I have physical calendars both at home and work. I actually carry around a file folder in my purse! Is that weird? So, it recently hit me, why not just go back to a planner? And so I am…

I’ve done a bit of research, because that’s who I am. I don’t make purchases without researching things first. I finally decided the discbound planner system would be best for me. There were three discbound systems I looked at: The Happy Planner from Create356, M by Staples Arc Planner System and the Levenger Circa. I really like the Circa, but wasn’t quite ready to pay the Circa price, and I felt The Happy Planner was too big. Yes, this coming from the girl who carries a file folder and a legal pad in her purse. That being said, I was drawn to the Arc and thought it would work out perfectly for me. Since all of these planners are on the discbound system the pieces are pretty interchangeable. Which means I can easily change to the Circa in the future if I want.

What I like best about the discbound system is that I’m able to remove pages, decorate them, put them back, or move them and put them elsewhere. Plus I find the pages don’t tear and stay put better than the Fileofax style (the six hole punch planners). You can also make your own planner inserts, but you have to first purchase the discbound style punch… which is the only downside since they are pretty pricey. The Arc punch is about $40, the Circa punch is $50. There is version of the Circa punch that cost significantly less, but I haven’t decided to go that route yet. I can’t speak from experience, but some reviews I’ve read say they can’t tell a different between the punches from the two brands, and others say the papers using the Circa punch are a little tight in the Arc. If you’ve had experience with the Arc style planner please share your thoughts.

My favorite part of having a planner is decorating it! I like to take my time and see what does and does not works best for me. Right now I’m all about washi tape! I share custody of my son with my ex-husband. For the most part our parenting schedule is set, but there are times when it changes. I mark the weekends I’ll have my son, with washi tape, and if any changes arise, I just move the tape. I use the same concept for my work on-call schedule, social and school events, and the kids sports schedules, using different colors of washi tape. Then I add in fun little stickers for other things like PTA meetings, birthdays, or days I am scheduled to teach Sunday school. I also love to use stamps. I’m currently using the Kelly Purkey stamps from the December 2015 My Monthly Hero kit with plans to expand my collection soon.

Right now I have four sections in my planner separated by tab dividers: Calendar, Work, Budget, and Blog/Create. Each section has a folder for any random pieces of paper I may need a place for. I also purchased poly zip pockets to hold my various planning stickers and coupons, and sheet protectors. I plan to use the sheet protectors to create a dashboard with my WRMK Fuse tool… more on that another day.

I am really excited about getting my planner where I want it, but I’m sure in six months it will look different than it does today. So… in summation, I have one more way to stay organized. Why? Because my sanity depends on it! 


Wall Organizer

 My wall organizer is finally complete! It’s been a project in the works for, oh… forever. I even went as far as to create a Pinterest board devoted solely to my wall organizer. I really wanted to have it completed by the time my son started school, (he’s in Kindergarten!), and I did! Yay me!

My inspiration for this project came from a Martha Stewart organizer featured on the Clean and Scentsible blog and from a Better Homes & Gardens article. From there I gave it my own spin and let it grow. I’m a planner and soon found my vision was way bigger than my wall space and had to pare it down… just a bit.

My organizer consists of a couple of DIY prints I plan to change out seasonally, a wall magazine rack, a pin/magnetic board, a dry-erase calendar and a shelf. I’ll include a list of the items and link to purchase info below. I try not to put too many holes in my walls, so all of the pieces are held by Command strips except for the magazine rack and the framed prints. The Command strips wouldn’t hold the shelf (even though the instructions said they would hold up to eight pounds), so I used Command indoor mounting tape. It’s held pretty well for about three months, but I don’t put anything to heavy on the shelf anyway.

I plan to label each of the mail slots. The screen went out on my current labeler and I’m out of tape so I figured this was the perfect time to buy a new labeler. I decided on the Brother PT-D200 and I’ll get the slots labeled as soon as it get here. Is it sad that I’m really excited about this labeler?

I didn’t realize the week started on Monday when I purchased the dry-erase calendar. I thought it would be no big deal, but it absolutely drives me crazy. I would have taken it back, but I’d already opened it. So… I’ll be changing the days of the week with my new labeler too!

I hope you enjoyed my wall organizer. Working a full time job, and being an active wife and mom, I do whatever it takes to stay organized. My sanity depends on it.