My Planner Basics
This week for the PlannerGirls Collective blog hop, we are having a free choice week. I’ve had an idea to write this post up for a few weeks now, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get it put together. I’m going to be talking about my planner basics! By ‘basics’ what I mean is the little folder of stickers tucked into the front pocket of my main planner that I use week in and week out!
My main ‘life & everything’ planner this year is my classic size Happy Planner. It sits on my desk and contains all of my household stuff, bills, appointments and to-do lists for the week. It is like my go-to reference planner and then if I need more detail I know to refer to the dedicated planner for that topic (work, blog, health etc). I decorate it, usually with little to no ‘white space’ so I love me a sticker kit! Here are a few of my recent weekly spreads in my planner to show what I mean.
Why I Started My Planner Basics Folder
The only problem with kits is they are designed to be fairly generic – or in some cases to suit what the shop owner uses. That means that often I don’t have enough (or any) of certain stickers and icons. For example – most weekly kits come with just one or maybe two appointment stickers. However, I have Lupus and work with 2 nurses, my GP, and 3 consultants! That’s before we even consider my injured son, husband, and mother-in-law! Let’s just say I need more than one or two appointment stickers – some weeks I am at the hospital or surgery every day! The solution I have come up with is to gather up single sheets of the stickers that I use most often so that I always have them on hand to supplement the kit I have chosen for the week. I usually stick to a few of my favourite shops, but I will sometimes chop and change. I like to have a good selection that matches most colours and themes.
So, let’s take a look at what is currently in my planner basics folder!
Since I already mentioned the appointment issue, let’s go ahead and start with that! I am currently using these cute doctor appointment quarter boxes from My Planner Loving Heart (Alyson10 will get you a 10% discount on orders over £5 + a free sampler). These are available in Rainbow or Pastel colourways which is great because it means they can be matched to more or less any kit that you choose to use!
Another thing that takes up a great deal of my life is Basketball. At one point, my son played in 3 different leagues across 2 age groups so it was crazy! Thankfully we just have the one league to deal with this season, but that still means training at least twice per week, games most weekends, officiating duties and other team events. Basketball isn’t all that popular in the UK so I did find it tough to find stickers. I chop and change between a few different designers – currently I am using these balls by Handcrafted by Sheree, but previously I have also used Dook Plook Designs and Ugly Bug Plans. I just use the little ball icons and add them to a half or quarter box with the details of the event + postcode if I need to travel.
Laundry is a Living Thing!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret! I think my laundry basket is actually alive! Not only is it alive, but it is breeding! I swear I rarely see the bottom of the baskets – that’s right multiple baskets! We have one in each bedroom and one in the bathroom, then a big one with compartments to sort by colour in the kitchen. I do a minimum of 2 loads every single day! I blame my son! He does PE 10 times per week, plus basketball training, plus gym. Sometimes it’s my turn for the team kits. He also has school uniforms and scout uniforms too! That’s before we even talk about me and the husband. Also the towels… so many towels! I have a pretty impressive selection of laundry realted planner stickers!
First up I have laundry day stickers and washing machine icons from My Planner Loving Heart. Then I have these new ones from The Geeky Planner (Alyson10 for 10% off orders over £8) which have check boxes for wash, dry and fold. The brain fog is real! I often have to wash a load 3 times before i remember it needs to be hung up! These are going to be life savers!!
It’s a Text Thing!
Sometimes if I am using a mini-kit or some leftovers, I don’t have the appropriate headings. I mostly like to use ‘To Do’ and ‘Today’ for my headers. I have a selection of script stickers from My Planner Loving Heart that I like to use on top of washi to create headers. I also have additional words like ‘work’, ‘bill due’ and ‘pay day’ in my basics folder which can also come in handy if the kit I am using doesn’t have those included. i don’t generally mark work stuff in my main planner, but sometimes if I am taking days off or if i need to track my hours for a contract I will use those to label the boxes I am using.
Cute Custom Stickers
I also have two types of customs stickers in my basic folder that I had made because they are not really stickers that other planners use! I’ve never actually seen any shop with them on sale! First, I have Lupus Flare stickers made by Danielle at My Planner Loving Heart and then I have a couple of different Paranormal Investigation stickers made by my planner bestie Chloe!
What are your planner basics that you use week in and week out?
Don’t forget to visit the other members of the Planner Girl Collective to see what topics they have chosen this week:
Emma-Louise @ Read, Write, Inspire
Kerry May @ Kerry May Makes
Michelle @ Ugly Bug Plans