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Erin Condren Life Planner – May

*Disclaimer – I purchased all these stickers myself, and I was not paid to give my honest review of these products.*

Another month, another chance to decorate! I’m still not happy with my planner skills, but I’m practicing and learning. I think it’s mostly because I’m just not that happy with the layout of my ELCP as I initially thought I would be. My handwriting is big and unless you’re ambidextrous it’s really difficult to fill out a spiral-bound book.  I also just can’t find a STINKING PEN that doesn’t smudge and works on matte and slick paper! I end up using white-out (ew). I’ll definitely be looking for some better pens this month – its a goal for sure! Hopefully I can do a review post on them. Do you have a favorite? Comment and let me know!!

Despite my setbacks, I DID find a really great sticker shop on etsy! The SweetPaper Co had a super cute May set that I tried and I liked it. The stickers match well to the ELCP month’s colors, and they are matte so they are easy to write on (if you have the right pen).  Next month I’m going to try and not have everything so matchy-matchy. It’s not bad, I guess it’s just not my style! Here’s my layout:

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See my other layouts here: January, February, March, April

Erin Condren Life Planner – April

*Disclaimer* – I purchased these stickers myself, and the opinions expressed here are my own.


April showers bring may flowers right? That’s the theme of this month’s layout. I know it’s a bit cliche’, but since I’m still an amateur glam-planner I think it’s okay :). This month’s layout is pretty simplistic – mostly because I just didn’t have the time to decorate how I wanted to. However, I was fortunate enough to get some fun stickers from Etsy during March and I decided to pull the trigger on a full month sticker pack. There are SO many cute sticker shops out there now, it was really hard to decide! I picked PlannerStickerJubilo because they have the Erin Condren Life Planner monthly theme colors in easy to purchase packets.

What I liked: The design and colors matched perfectly to April’s colors! There were so many stickers, I have a LOT left over that I can use for the coming months. I feel that the pricing is competitive to other etsy stores.

What I dislike: It’s probably just because I haven’t found the right pen yet, but when I wrote on some of the planner boxes they smudged easily. What pens to you use? I tried a sharpie and a felt-tip, and both smudged.

Currently working on a weekly layout – still trying to figure out what works best for me!

See my other layouts here: January, February, March

Hope you’re having a fantastic Thursday!

 

February Layout – Erin Condren Life Planner Decorating

A few days late … But here it is! I didn’t have as much time to think of a good layout, but I still like how it turned out. I’ve been doing more research on planner decorating and I guess I’m into what they call “glam planning”. Unfortunately, I’m finding out that glam planning and all the things I want to track aren’t mixing very well – I don’t have enough room! Thinking about making some inserts for myself for more space. I don’t have the money to spend on another planner yet but I’m totally loving the new Filofax look and kiki k’s! I also am looking into disc planners – I’ve seen them at craft stores but didn’t know how they would work for me. I’m on the hunt for now, but I still think maybe I could design a planner that fits me perfectly. Maybe someday!

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Erin Condren Life Planner Decorating – Goal Pages

I really like that this planner already has yearly goal organization sheets included. This is something you usually don’t find in the cheapo planners I used to buy. Not only is it cute and colorful, it’s placed in the front of the planner for easy access!

The pages had places for a goal per month, with six months on each side. I decided that since I had already made a yearly goal page and a monthly exercise challenge page, I would just insert those there. Add a little washi tape and you’re good to go! It was a nice and quick way for me to get a little crafty today between baby feedings and diaper changes. (Still SO MANY diapers…)

Here’s the final product:

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Erin Condren Life Planner Decorating – January

I. love. planners. Apparently a TON of people feel the same way. (There is a whole planner addicts community on instagram and youtube)! My sister in law also loves planners. We like to talk about how much we love our paper planners in front of my husband, who thinks paper is obsolete and that I should stop living in the past and just “use your iCalendar already”. Then, we like to keep talking about how we will use our paper planners despite his attitude towards them because.. well WE DO WHAT WE WANT.  And what we want is to physically cross off our to-do lists with a writing utensil … amen?! Haha!

Anyway… my super awesome sister-in-law, Tiffany Malloy, introduced me to the wonder that is the Erin Condren Life Planner and OH MAN am I excited! If you haven’t heard of these planners before I highly suggest you go to her website for a review! She has an affiliate link to get  you 10$ off your purchase 🙂

Anyhoo – I just received mine and could barely wait to start organizing and decorating. While I was waiting to get it I found a lot of cute ways to personalize the planner and I thought maybe I’d share what I came up with each month. So here it is… the month of January!

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I found these great stickers on Etsy

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I’ve also seen someone print off instagram photos on sticker paper and decorate with them – which I think is an excellent idea! I still haven’t decided exactly how I’m going to use the calendar, especially the week by week pages. I don’t think it’s quite big enough for me to fit everything I do on daily basis, but I do think it would be a fantastic milestone calendar for my baby girl! I’ll do my best to keep up with this month to month, and let you know how it goes. 

Do you have an Erin Condren Life Planner? How do you decorate?  Show me!!

 

Small Closet Challenge {Part Two}

Whew! That was a whirlwind! Trying to do everything I wanted to do to my small apartment closet was difficult – because it’s SO small. There’s just not a lot of room to work with, which means a limited amount of options when designating spots for everything. But, using the information I had gathered from my  Small Closet Challenge {Part One} I  did it!

First, I allotted some time in my day to go through everything. The pile system worked wonders, and was quite gratifying. I used bags to collect each pile to make clean up easier. The piles I used were :

  • Trash – items that no one can use anymore (underwear, unpaired socks, etc.)
  • Plato’s Closet / Goodwill – items that don’t fit, are itchy, or that I just don’t like anymore, but still have use.
  • Keep – basics and sentimental items

Some suggest taking everything out of your closet and only hanging things back up that you like. I did not have the time to get it all done in one day, so simply plucking a few items at a time and putting them straight into their perspective bags helped a LOT.

Next, I made a list of basics that I had and also what I would like to have. (See my list here!) I also made a mental list of the types of items I needed to keep in my closet. I was able to do a small sketch of how I wanted my closet to function. Function is key in a small apartment.

Once I organized my remaining items, I took to my creative side. Time to decorate! I took my bag of unwanted clothes to Plato’s Closet. I love it there! They take your last-season clothes and buy them from you. It usually only takes a half to one hour for them to go through your things (depending on how much you bring). The hardest part is trying to not spend more money than you make off your clothes in the retail section. So great! For 14 items, I received $32.70! I used this money to purchase organizing items like baskets, and decorating items like spray paint and craft paper. This re-do literally cost me nothing.

To make my closet not only functional but visually appealing, I did some fun and unnecessary primping of the area. For example:

I made all my hangers match.

I matched hangers and gave a touch of gold to the plastic bin I already owned.

I matched hangers and gave a touch of gold to the plastic bin I already owned.

I put some gold glitz in several places.

I found some 75 cent wastebaskets in a clearance aisle, painted them gold, and used them as organization tools!

I found some 75 cent wastebaskets in a clearance aisle, painted them gold, and used them as organization tools!

I was able to splurge and buy some gold baskets I wanted with the money I got from Plato's closet!

I was able to splurge and buy some gold baskets I wanted with the money I got from Plato’s closet!

"I love gooooold" - Austin Powers Goldmember

“I love gooooold” – Austin Powers Goldmember

I super glued some placemats together to make a “dirt catch” of sorts.

I keep my most used shoes in the bottom of the closet, and this shoe mat will help keep things clean!

I keep my most used shoes in the bottom of the closet, and this shoe mat will help keep things clean!

And a little inspiration never hurt.

A goodwill frame, some scrapbook paper, and a Bible verse will keep my mind in the right place.

A goodwill frame, some scrapbook paper, and a Bible verse will keep my mind in the right place.

All-in-all, this was a great project for me. I feel MUCH accomplished It’s my hope that you are inspired to get creative with your own spring cleaning!

Small Closet Challenge {Part One}

Ugh. The thought of it makes me sick – cleaning out my closet?! Booooring. How about we just don’t do it, and say we did? Poof! Post over… Just kidding. This is something I REALLY need to do. I am completely unhappy when I look into my closet. It’s unorganized, full of sentiments and regrets, its dark, and sort of becoming an abyss. One major problem is that it’s super tiny, which is expected in our  super tiny apartment. It’s also got sliding glass doors and no light, so it doesn’t really make anything easily accessible to me unless I pull lots of stuff out and then toss it back in again. I was not a born-organized person, so this task has always been daunting. Some of you may feel the same way.  I will say that there is hope for us out there! I’ve done some research, and I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks from many how-to’s and DIY closet makeovers to spur on this mission.

1) Designate Time. A day. An hour. 15 minute intervals. Whatever will work into your schedule! Just knowing that you have already decided to work on your closet and have set a time will help the task go by. If you can’t get it done in one day, choose a second day to pick up where you left off.

2) Make piles. Many bloggers suggest at least three piles: trash, keep, donate. Assign some trash bags or baskets to each of these to help keep things tidy! Get rid of anything damaged, itchy, or doesn’t fit. I will most likely take some of my clothes to Plato’s Closet – if they buy any of my clothes, then I’ll have some cash to put into building my wardrobe essentials!

3) Build your basics. This is something I’ve never been able to do. I  have gotten better over the years about buying only things I like and not wasting my money on clothes that I “kinda, sorta, maybe it’s in style so I’ll buy it” like. I still struggle with building outfits from what I already have. There are tons of examples of basic wardrobes on Pinterest, but yours should be specific to you, your work life, and social life.  I plan on slowly building mine this year, because I’m on a tight budget. Here’s my list of basics! You can also follow my Pinterest Inspiration Board 🙂

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4) Design/Assign a place for everything, One does not need 27 pairs of white socks (I don’t think…) Decide how much of each  you need to keep, and donate the rest. Then, give it a spot in the closet. This, I’m sure will be troublesome, since I hardly have a spot for anything! I think I’ll use my list of basics to go off of. {Bonus! This also means a trip to somewhere like Bed Bath and Beyond or Office Max for organization goodies!}

5) Have fun! Decorate it up 🙂 Use spray paint to make all your hangers match. Paint the inside an awesome color. Organize by color, or don’t!  Hang up something that makes you smile – like a style board, a Bible verse, or an inspiring quote.

6) Prepare for your next clean up. Put all your hangers backwards, and next year, if there are any clothes on your  hangers that are still backwards – toss em!

What are some tips that you use to clean your closet? Comment below!