Wow, it has been a while since I have done a planner update. Shortly after my last update, I invested in an Erin Condren hourly planner. I. Hated. It. I wanted to love it, I really did! However, the times being printed in the planner just didn’t work for me as I thought they would. You may recall last year I quit my job to “stay home” and start this blog. Shortly thereafter, I found out I was pregnant and decided to continue to stay home. Being that the life of a “housewife” is flexible, the hours of the day being printed in the planner hindered me and got in the way. It was handy in some instances, like for doctors appointments or carving out specific time windows for tasks. However, most of the time it really just ended up hindering my planning and getting in the way.
I very quickly abandoned the Erin Condren hourly planner and retreated back to my vertical Erin Condren. Toward the end of my pregnancy I got in a funk. I will write more about it later, but Freddie was working a lot of hours and we only had one car at the time. It really took a toll on me. I felt very alone and I fell off the planning wagon — I had nothing to plan.
Fast forward to Jacob being born, I didn’t have time to plan. My days were spent split between being a human mattress for my sweet boy and going to doctors appointments for my re-opened c-section incision. I planned when I thought about it, which wasn’t often. Instead I did brain dumps very, very often and I was always making lists. During such a chaotic time, it helped me to relax and bring me back down to Earth.
Things started to slow down at the beginning of this year and I really wanted to get back into planning. So I did a little bit of research and I found the Plum Paper Family (ME) Planner. As I was looking at the layout, I immediately saw how seamlessly it would work for us. I love that you can label the seven boxes or leave them blank. I love that everyone has their own space, it just made sense for our current life. The other part that sold me were the add-ons. Plum Paper offers many, many add-on sections for things like finances, home, blog planning, etc.
Now onto the planner. Like I mentioned before it has seven sections. You can leave these boxes blank or you can personalize them. I chose to personalize my boxes with the following titles: Freddie, Mariah, Jacob, Cleaning, Meals, Miscellaneous, and my step son. I placed these boxes this way strategically; starting with Freddie. We keep this planner out on our command station open up to the current week. Freddie is always busy between work and school. I wanted his box at the top because I wanted him to be able to glance at the planner and get all the information he needed from that one glance and move on.
The next box is for me. I spend the whole day at home and I look at every single box throughout the day. To me, my placement didn’t matter much to me. But again, I wanted Freddie to be able to just glance at the planner and get the information that he needed quickly, so my box being underneath his made the most sense. Under my box is Jacob’s box. It didn’t make sense to put his box anywhere else, honestly.
Under Jacob’s box is cleaning. I wanted the cleaning box to be in the middle, so that’s where it went. After that is meals where we pre-plan all of our meals for the week. I wanted meals to be “last” — let me explain. The last two categories are miscellaneous and for my stepson. The miscellaneous box doesn’t always have stuff in it, so that is right under the meals box. Lastly, my stepson’s box. I wanted his box to be on the bottom for the same reason I wanted Freddie’s box to be on the top. My stepson isn’t always with us, so when he isn’t with us, I didn’t want to have a big chunk of the middle of the planner going unused. I also wanted his box to go on the bottom because it’s easy to glance at for Freddie. He can take one look at the planner and know exactly what is going on with his son for the week without having to wade through all of the other stuff he doesn’t necessarily need to know.
I am still decorating my planner but it’s very, very minimalistic. Most of the stickers or decorations that I’m using are functional. For example, I use little pill stickers to remind me to take my vitamins and other medicines. I also use arrows and small metallic stars to denote important events or notes. My most used stickers are my weather stickers though. Freddie and I like to go on daily walks, so I love that I can just look at my planner and see what the weather will be like that day.
Last but not least, I’d like to talk about my planning “schedule”. Every week, Freddie and I sit down two times to plan together. Once on Sunday night or Monday morning and again on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. I enjoy planning twice a week because it really allows me to focus on what needs to be done without feeling overwhelmed. Because if I feel overwhelmed, I tend to defer tasks.
I hope that you all enjoyed this little update of mine. Please keep your eyes out for a video walking through my system in more depth very soon. I will also be including my blog planner and school planner in this walk through, so stay tuned and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a video!
Also, if you’re interested in ordering a Plum Paper Planner of your own, I have a discount code for you to save 10% – DELIGHTFULLYD10. Please note, you must order through their website not their Etsy shop. Please also note that I do not make any commission off of the sales of Plum Paper Planners, rather, I wanted to provide you with a discount for something that I think you would love!
Until next time!