Welcome to DAY 3 of my planner series! In case you missed it, you can find Monday’s post (Why I Love Planning) here and Tuesday’s post (My Favorite Planners) here. Today I’m talking all about my favorite planner supplies. As I said yesterday, planning is more than just an organizational tool that I use to keep my life in order. It is also my creative outlet and how I de-stress. I use lots of items when I plan that are both cute and functional. As silly as it sounds, one of the reasons I like my planner to look pretty is because it inspires me to actually use it everyday. It is also fun to look back on years down the road. Full transparency, I got most of these idea from some of my favorite ladies I follow in the online planner community!
That being said, many of these items that I consider “must haves” would not be essential to the minimal planner who just wants to write down important dates with pen and paper.
I’ll start with this caddy (which is really a diaper caddy.) It is where I store all of my planning supplies. I love this because it keeps everything I need in one place. I don’t always plan in the same spot, so this caddy makes it easy to move my supplies all over the house.
A good pen is the number one must have item for any planner. I am sooo picky about my ink pens, and I often bounce back and forth between the ones I use. While I love colored ink, 99 percent of the time, I use a blue pen in my planner. Currently my favorite is the Tul pen, but I also really love the Pilot G2, both in 0.7mm.
Milliners are the planner world’s version of a highlighter. I use them to make important events stand out, highlight things I don’t want to forget, and to make checklist boxes in my daily petite planner (I’ll show exactly how I do this later in the week.)
My second favorite planner items are stickers. I use stickers when I plan for several reasons: First, I love that they are removable, so if I make a mistake I can pull it up and start over. I especially love the stickers that you can reposition, which is great when your plans get moved around. Finally, they make my planner look cute, which makes me more inclined to use it!
They make a sticker for EVERYTHING. A quick search on Etsy will have you going down a rabbit hole. I have been planning for years, so I have a rather large sticker collection. However, if you are interested in getting started with stickers, I would suggest starting with sticker books. I love the ones from Happy Planner and Erin Condren because you get a TON of stickers that are both functional and pretty.
I don’t use many stickers in my daily planner, but for my weekly planner, my favorite ones to use are sticker kits from Planner Kate on Etsy. I have gotten my planning style down to a T by this point and know exactly what stickers I love and actually use. I usually make one sticker order a month for everything I need. I keep them organized in these 6×8 photo albums (currently out of stock, but keep checking back!) I also LOVE the stickers from Krissyanne Designs.
I use sticky notes daily for both planning and pre-planning. When I find out about an event or appointment, I immediately write it on a sticky note and put it in the appropriate spot in my planner. That way, when I go to plan out that week (or month), I have the sticky note there as a reminder. I also use them all over my planner to jot down notes and reminders that don’t need to be in their permanently. I can easily toss them when I no longer need it. If you don’t want to spend money on stickers, you can also easily turn any sticky note into a permanent sticker by putting a little double stick tape on the back. My favorite sticky notes are these from Erin Condren (surprise surprise!) because they are cute, come in various sizes and can snap into your planner so you always have them on hand.
It’s as simple as it sounds…I use a ruler to make straight line or mark off sections of my planner. I also use the edge of the ruler to cut or rip washi tape. My favorite one comes free with the Erin Condren planner, and it snaps in your planner to double as a bookmark.
While washi tape is great to use for decorative purposes, it can also be very functional as well. I love using washi tape on my weekly and monthly spreads to block out an extended period of time. For example, if I’m going on a trip I’ll lay down a strip of washi tape across the days to visually block it out in my mind. Just like with the stickers, I have a pretty big washi tape stash, but for a new-be I would suggest checking out the bundles from Michales or Hobby Lobby.
Scissors, White Out and Tape Runner
These are three items I am always reaching for for various reasons when planning. My favorite scissors by Cutter Bee. I’ve had the same pair for years and use them for all my crafting needs. I also love this white out because it is retractable so it doesn’t get messed up when it’s in your bag. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so white out is something I reach for any time I make a mistake. Finally, I use a tape runner when I want to permanently put something in my planner. This is usually for memory keeping (a ticket stub, a picture, and invitation, etc.) It is also great for turning sticky notes into a permanent sticker (such a great money saving tip!)
There you have it- a look into my most used planner supplies! Yes, it may seem like a lot, but like I said earlier, planning is my creative outlet. I’ve been planning for so long, too, that it only takes me about 30 minutes a week (usually on Sunday night) to get everything set up for the upcoming week.
Come back tomorrow- I’ll be giving you a sneak peek into my life planner and how I set it up to stay as organized as possible. Also, make sure you are following me on Instagram so you can see some of these planner items in action on my stories!