Update: Read my year end planner review here, from July 2016!
My planner is what keeps my life together. I don’t say this lightly because it truly is one of the key tools in how I balance things and stay sane when there’s a lot on my plate. I’ve always been a paper planner girl and while so many other parts of my life are digitalized, I am loyal to paper planners. Since I spend a lot of time planning out projects for my blog, work schedules, homework assignments, etc. I’m always on the hunt for a great planner to invest in. (Yes, I just called a planner an investment. I’ve been there and done that with the cheap planners from Target.) I think I’ve found one of the best planners on the market that’s customizable in so many ways, is a reasonable price, and has great features. I hope this Plum Paper planner review is helpful! Warning: picture heavy..I have found this to be the most useful part of reviews.
Two of the most popular planners on the market are the Erin Condren Life Planner and Kate Spade planner. (ETA: I’ve received some emails for more planners that I’ve seen that I’m interested in, so here are a few that are intriguing! If only I could have more than one planner.)
The main reason why I opted for the Plum Paper planner was the price for what I was getting, frankly. (You can buy it for $31 on etsy here.) I will spend money on something this important to me but I also like to save where I can and spend smart. Here’s why I love this planner and decided it was the one for me:
Lots of customizable features: Within the ‘Regular Planners‘ section alone, there are 57 different cover patterns to choose from. Of course, indecisive me took a while to choose one. When you pick a design, you can also include any color changes that you’d like them to make – for free! The cover I chose came in coral and blue but I wanted to see if gold would look nice as an accent. As it turns out, I prefer the original blue, and I’m so thankful that they printed both options for me because I’m going to tear out the gold cover and just use the blue! Their helpful FAQ is great if you’re wondering what other options they can do (like adding monograms or your name to any cover for free). You can even choose what kind of weekly spread option you want!
Note: both covers are shown below. The first one shows the protective cover.
Variety of planner needs: There is a planner here for everyone, I’m convinced. There are several Regular Planner layouts offered as well as specific planners made for wedding planning, meal planning, fitness, teaching, families, and students. This is brilliant! Each person’s needs and uses for a planner are different based on their lifestyle, which is something that other companies don’t typically cater to.
Weight: If you’ve ever held an Erin Condren planner, you might notice how heavy it is. All of these bigger planners are usually quite heavy because of their size and paper weight so if you’re looking for the lightest option, you might have to go with a pocket planner or just go completely paperless. I had read that the Plum Paper planners were made with lighter paper and sure enough, it’s not too heavy. The paper is still great quality and nice and smooth, not your typical printer paper. The coil is sturdy and not cheap plastic, but not super heavy duty which means additional weight.
Usefulness of Features: I need a planner that is useful in more ways than just being a place that I can write my to-do lists for the week. This planner has space for contacts, notes, events, birthdays, weekly to-do lists (a must for me!!), and more. I even use the checklist section at the bottom of each date for meal planning. In the beginning of each month, there are full note sheets and I use these for everything from outfit planning (am I the only one who does this to keep track of what I’ve worn recently as to not repeat too soon?) to blogging ideas to jotting down the name of a restaurant someone told me I have to try.
Choosing what month the planner starts on: This was the biggest challenge for me when choosing what planner to buy. Last year, I couldn’t find a planner that started in July (which is when my last last one ended). The only ones I could find were at Target and not that cute or great but I really couldn’t survive without one. So when it was time for me to get a new planner, I was excited to get something that was better quality and cuter and I got to choose exactly what month it would start from. That’s another thing with the Kate Spade and Erin Condren planners – they only come out with versions every half year or something like that so if you’re in between planners, that’s not the most sensible option because you end up wasting some months.
I really can’t say enough good things about this planner because it’s really doing the job for me and it’s such a cute addition to my desk, whether it’s at work or at home. I think it’s a great option and well worth the money. Plum Planner was nice enough to offer a coupon code to my readers, so you can save 10% by using the code ‘TINY10‘ at checkout. Happy planning!
Update: February 2016 – I can’t believe how fast I’ve whizzed through this planner! I still have a few months left and I’m still loving this planner. The only issue I’ve had is that the protective cover on the front and back curl up and whatever I do, they cannot be flattened out it seems. Not a huge issue but it does bother me sometimes when it’s laying closed on my desk. Thought I would share that with you guys.
I paid for my planner with my own money and am sharing this review only because I love the planner and want to share it with all of you. A big thanks to Plum Paper for providing a coupon code and to you for supporting the businesses that I love!