I truly believe that organization is the type of thing you’re either born with or you’re not. Can you approve with time? Absolutely, but not without a little effort. Between my parents, my dad is the organized one. I was lucky enough to take more after my mom–thanks genetics!! While I am
fully capable of being so and have 100% approved as I’ve gotten older, it simply comes down to the fact that it is something that does not come naturally to me. I really have to work at it and be consistent.
Let’s take my room for example:
Week 1: Spotless. Organized. Everything has a home.
Week 2: Still lookin good, maybe a shirt here, a pair of jeans there, nothing major.
Week 3: makeup products all over vanity rather than in the drawers, more shirts, more jeans, let’s add in some shoes and maybe a sock. (just one sock, cause we’ll never learn where the other one goes)
Week 4: Disaster. Time to clean.
And that’s the typical monthly cycle of my room. The same goes for my planner. Oh my gosh, I want SO BADLY to be that person to carry around their cute planner at all times and have everything in life planned out and always know what’s coming up. But I’m only that way for a couple weeks. I’m actually obsessed with planners and if you look through any of the ones I’ve had the past couple years, you’ll see the same thing in all of them:
The planner cycle:
Weeks 1-3: FILLED. Decorated. Color-coded. Every day is fully planned, even down to what I’m going to eat.
Weeks 4-6: 3/7 days filled completely. 2/7 days half-complete. 2/7 blank.
Weeks 4-6: BLANK. ‘nough said.
I’ve literally found myself ripping out those pages to make me look like I have my shit together..you know, as long as you don’t pay attention to the dates 😉
There actually was a time though when I was consistent every week for like 2 months. Super impressive right, no need for applause! That’s when I became addicted to what the planner community (yes, there actually is one. Look some of the groups up on facebook!) calls “glam planning.” I would sit down every Sunday, put on my favorite show, and plan out the next week. I actually had two at the time: one for “life” and one specifically for classes where i got custom headers made so that each class had its own box. Seriously the best semester I had in college. See below for some examples of spreads I did (my “academic” planner shown in the third picture):
This is an AWESOME way to do it if you’re interested in starting. I got some laughs and eye rolls for it, but to me it was a hobby and a new, fun, creative outlet. Basically like scrap booking. I’ll go ahead and tell you though…it’s EXPENSIVE. First, Erin Condren’s are like 50 bucks. Then you add on stickers, washi tape, and pens. Yeah, a page of stickers on etsy is only a couple bucks, but multiply that by 10 and you’re already probably paying more than the shirt you’re currently wearing. I’m also guilty of paying 30 dollars for a full weekly set…. yikes.
Anyway, I think it’s time for me to get my life back in order and really try to stick to it. Below are 5 awesome planners to help you (and me!) get it together. Yes, they’re pricey and I don’t really know why the costs of planners have seemed to skyrocket the past few years, but it is what it is. Target has some fantastic basic planners for cheap.
Click on each title to take you to the site. If there are any in particular that yall would like me to do an in-depth review about, let me know in the comments!