Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Lifestyle: Why I Started Decorative Planning

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I've always had some sort of organiser/planner/diary since around the age of 7 when I got my first Filofax in the form of a FunFax. I like to be organised (or seem to be organised), and I do believe that it makes a difference in my life. I've always been a pen and paper type of girl so the calendar on my iPhone was never going to do the trick for me, yet there was still something so 'business like' and stern with the way I was planning. There was no creativity and everything sort of merged into one. There was no distinguishing between a to do list and a shopping list as everything looked the same.
Last summer I found an instagram account that had the most beautiful way of planning. She was using an Erin Condren Life Planner in the vertical layout and I absolutely loved the creativity and how easy it was to figure out the different tasks and appointments. How had I never seen this before? I clicked through a few hashtags and found that this had been a thing for years! I got lost in this new planning community where everyone helped each other and gave you tips and tricks, everyone shared their beautiful spreads of the week and there was so much colour!
And so I picked up a planner myself and dived straight in. There was no stopping me.

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Half a year later I decided to set up my own shop. It was only then that I really got in to full decorative planning. Beforehand I was just using washi and a few stickers here and there, but having my own shop, being able to produce my own stickers and constantly seeing other shops stickers, I found myself decorating more and more. I now decorate using a 'no white space' spread which is a really fun way to organise the week. Each page in my Erin Condren looks colourful and fun with a different theme each week.

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No White Space

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I've found myself quite enjoying this style of organising, and I think that that makes a huge impact on staying organised too. If you like the way in which you organise then you're probably going to be more organised. Do you get me? I decorate my planner either on the Thursday before (if I'm filming a Plan With Me video) or on the Saturday or Sunday before, and it really helps me to set out each day. Am I making sense? Basically, by planning this way I'm able to remember and also look back on each day.

I have thought about Bullet Journalling, but I'm still unsure if it's for me. I like using loads of stickers too much and feel that a Bullet Journal is just one big 'to-do' list? I don't know, I guess I should do more research into it. I feel like there's a huge hype around it at the moment so I might wait until that's quietened down a bit otherwise I'll get swept up and buy all of the unnecessary bits and bobs for it.

Do you plan in any way? Check out my shop here. Also, get $10 off your first Erin Condren purchase here (psssst! Their planners are 50% off right now!)

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3 comments

  1. I would love an Erin Condren Planner but i personally think theyre too expensive and buying all the sticker kits would get quite costly but i do think they look really good and i can understand why it makes you want to be organised.

    Im the same with bullet journalling - i really enjoy putting my pages togethers and it makes me want to cross things off my lists.
    Natalie xx
    youralmostalice.co.uk

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  2. I really need to invest in a planner, I think it will help me be more organized and it sounds like a funny little hobby! Love your planner and stickers, thanks for the recommendations! xo

    McKenzie | therosynook.com

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  3. Wow this planner is beautiful! I feel like I would probably mess mine up though so I tend to stick with a usual diary.
    Love this though and wish I had the creativity xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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