Friday, March 27, 2015

Erin Condren LP Review

Let me start by saying that I love planners. I love organizing and writing every thing out. I have tried just about every planner that is available through the big name market stores, but none of them really fit what I wanted or needed. I have also tried using the calendar app on my phone, but  I much prefer to write all my stuff out.

Managing a home business, two kids, and a house is a lot of work. Without a planner I would probably go insane. I use a planner every single day. I write out appointments, my cleaning schedule, menu plans, customer orders, house to dos, and everything else in between.

I heard about the Erin Condren Planners and loved the way they looked... until I saw the price tag!!! $50 for a planner is CRAZY, but since I usually purchase on average 2 to 3 planners each year as I try to find a layout that works for me... I guess I probably spend about $50 total anyway.

Before I give you my opinions on the Erin Condren Life Planner, let me share some pictures with you:

This is the front cover. I purchased the Ready-to-ship planner that isn't personalized, because I
couldn't wait 2-3 weeks for my planner.

The inside front cover. So pretty and colorful.

A year at a glance. Here is a mini version of the entire year. 

The Monthly view. The planner has inspirational quoted throughout the planner which is a nice touch.

This is the weekly view. There is three boxes for each day. The boxes are labelled Morning, Day, and Night. I relabel
the boxes: Work, To Do, and Family. There is also a notes section on the right side, and a few blank lines
across the bottom.

This is a peak at how I use my weekly view.
 I add some washi tape sometimes for an extra pop of color, and I use colorful pens to brighten the pages. I use the notes section on the right for a quote or bible verse, and I usually add a shopping list as the week progresses. The bottom lines get filled with out dinner plan for the week.

I separate the boxes into Work, To Do, and Family. the work box gets a check list of customer orders that I need to complete, or tasks that I need to do. The to do box is usually my cleaning schedule and other things that I need to get done for the day, and sometimes an overflow of work tasks. The Family Box houses our appointments or things that we are doing. For instance I write when story time is, or when a blog post is due. 

There is a bunch of lined note pages in the back of the planner. Typically I don't ever use these pages, but with this planner, I have taped a budget sheet on one, I have my price list for JChilds Designs taped on a couple pages as well. 

Blank pages are also in the back on the planner. I use these pages for prayer requests or pictures. 

The planner comes with 4 pages of these stickers to use for appointments or anything really. They are just blank stickers that you can place in the weekly or monthly views.

One of the last things in the planner is a two pocket feature. I use this to hold receipts or stickers, or just about anything.
The very last thing that comes in your planner is the clear ziplock pocket. I store business cards and receipts in this pocket, but it can be used for anything. 
 So what do you think so far? Are you ready for my review? 

My Review of the ECLP (Erin Condren Life Planner)
Let me start by saying that I never in my life thought I would spend $50 on a planner, but I did, and honestly... I don't regret it. 

  • I love the layout. It makes it so easy for my to make a list of things that I need to do for the day, and then just check it off as I complete it.
  • I love the colors. The planner pages are full of color and so bright.
  • The paper that the planner is made from is a thick paper. I know this doesn't sound like much, but you can write on the pages and the ink doesn't bleed through. You can also remove stickers and replace them. The paper doesn't rip like some of the cheaper planners.
  • Perfect size. The planner is a great size to write everything down. 
  • The note pages are great to keep track of my business stuff. Like my price lists and such.
  • You can add washi tape and stickers or stamps to decorate your planner even more. (Okay, so this can be done to all planners, but I had to add it)
  • The stickers are great to highlight birthday parties or doctors appointments. 
  • I feel so organized since I can store everything in this one place.
  • The obvious: Price. While it is well worth the cost, $50 for a planner is a hard pill to swallow.
  • The cover coupon. I didn't touch on this much, but the covers are interchangeable. I purchase the ready to ship planner, because I didn't want to wait for a personalized one. The website said that I would receive a coupon to get a free personalized cover once I got my planner. I was really excited until I went to check out and the cover was free but it was going to cost me $10 for shipping! That is ridiculous! Needless to say I didn't order the personalized cover. 
  • It is kind of big. I know I said a Pro was the size, and it is, but I mean the planner is quite heavy and bulky. It goes without saying though, the planner has a ton of pages and if you add stickers and tape it gets even fuller. 
Overall, I really like the Erin Condren Life Planner. Honestly, I will be ordering it again for 2016. I really like that I can keep all my family and work related stuff together in one place. 

Are you interested in ordering a planner? I have a referral link that will save you $10 off your total order. Just click the link and it will take you directly to the Erin Condren website. 

**I was not compensated for my review on the ECLP. All opinions are my own.**

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