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Keeping Life Organized

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 3:55 PM

One of the biggest struggles I face is staying organized and keeping everything in one spot! I am a list maker and love the satisfaction of checking things off when I am done.

With running 2 businesses, working a regular full time job, fur babies, and volunteer work, I am always looking for the right tools to keep myself organized. For the first time this year, I tried a planner with a monthly calendar with vertical weeks. Loved this format, but outgrew it as I had not started my 2nd business at this time. I needed something expandable (so no spiral bound), but something I could fold in half and not take up much space (so no binder bound format). That search leads me to “The Happy Planner” made by Me & My Big Ideas. It is part of their “Create 365 line”. I LOVE THIS PLANNER!! I can add some fun arts and crafts (stickers & journaling), it has a vertical section that provides enough room for all of my activities, and the disk system it uses gives me the elements I was looking for that I didn’t like about the spiral bound and binder formats.

I am still working on getting all the notebooks/planners combined into one, but I love that I can add additional tabs, pocket folders, punch and add paper, and anything else I can think of in one planner system. I have tabs for my Crafting business, I punch copies of the vendor show agreements right into the system, and I can add any other notes. I am even adding some blank pages where I can draw out designs and ideas as I think of them. I can even make tabs…I’m making custom tabs for my Plexus business that work better for how I want to keep information organized for that.

If you are looking for a new planner or organization system, be sure to check this one out! Etsy also has a ton of businesses that make stickers specially designed for this planner and YouTube is full of videos of people showing ways they have set their planners up. They come in a 12 month kit or 18 month planner (I got the 18 month planner with expansion disks). I also love the inspiration phrases on the tabbed dividers, pockets, and stickers. FYI, the ARC system from Staples is also compatible (their hole punch works perfectly with “The Happy Planner” ).

I’ve added some pictures of mine plus links to the Amazon site where you can purchase these. Hobby Lobby also sells a small selection of the planners and accessories in their stores.  I also added a link to my favorite erasable gel pens.

The Happy Planner

Expandable Disks

12 month kit

Pilot FriXion Retractable Erasable Gel Pens

DISCLOSURE: All products mentioned above I purchased personally. I only recommend products I genuinely use. I do not accept offers of direct payment for dedicated blog posts to promote products. I belong to the following affiliate programs: EBay and Amazon. Compensated affiliate links are used when possible.

Cover: This is the Peony Florals version

One of the monthly tabs

Weekly Layout

Categories: Products, Learning, Organizing

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