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Around the House: My Erin Condren Life Planner!

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It's no secret that I'm kind of into organization. Exhibit A and Exhibit B. I mean, I'm not always successful at it but it makes me really happy to find things that I can make into lists or organize into compartments! 

A vast majority of my calendaring and organization takes place online and with Google Calendar and Remember the Milk - but I just yearn for some paper list making and calendar to have with me, you know? I like being able to see a week or month at a glance to give me an idea of what's going on beyond the day-to-day. 

I did a good amount of research before finally deciding on buying my very first Erin Condren Life Planner and I am SO HAPPY with my decision! More on how I came to decide and what features I love best after the break!


I knew my personal preference would be either Plum Paper Designs, The Happy Planner, or Erin Condren. They all feature the layouts I wanted and are used by people I know so I could ask specific questions to the paper quality and coil quality and general use of the planners. 

The Happy Planner succeeds in having the lowest price point BY FAR ($25!) and has little inspirational quotes and a design aesthetic I can get behind. I really did like their designs and layout, but I felt like it wasn't big enough and the coil in the middle was too bulky for my taste. 

So that left me with Plum Paper Designs ($40-50) and Erin Condren ($55-65) - which look SO SIMILAR it is insane. I know people that use Erin Condren, but if I could get basically the same thing for $15 less, shouldn't I look into it? (yes, yes I should)

One of my dear planner loving bloggers, Hannah at So Obsessed With, recommended this YouTube video comparing the two planners side by side by Pretty Neat Living. She hits on all the things I wanted to know that separate the two - the coil, the paper quality, and the bonus features that would be included. 

Ultimately what sold me on Erin Condren OVER Plum Paper Designs were the sturdiness of the coil, the quality of the paper, the sturdy cover, and the extras that are included (the zipper pouch, stickers, etc). Obviously there are a TON of options out there, and researching for the right planner was really fun and a bit overwhelming - but if you're in the market for the first time, I highly recommend doing that FIRST and not just jumping in! May as well find what fits YOU best, you know? 

When I made my EC Life Planner purchase, I was overwhelmed with MORE indecision when it came to the cover! After much deliberation, I went with the Fleur Feliz design and used the colors Robin + Plum for the design. I LOVE IT! It's hard to capture the richness of the Plum digitally, but trust me, it's gorgeous. 

Some of the extras that were included with the EC Life Planner that I mentioned earlier are on display in that first picture. A nice, sturdy folder that you can keep stickers and whatever else in was included, as well as the vinyl pouch on the right that I've already put some home-printed stickers in! The EC Life Planner also comes with a Perpetual Calendar that you can carry over from planner to planner and stores important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. I keep mine in my folder as well. 

Each month has an inspirational quote (as does the Plum Paper Designs and about half of the The Happy Planner month dividers) and I think that's such a fun touch! 

Another one of the best reasons to have a paper planner - you can decorate it! I'm painfully new to the planner decorating community, as is evidenced from the above spreads - but it was SO FUN watching "Plan with me" videos and choosing different washi tapes and stickers for my first week! Very zen, too. On the weekly spread, that bookmark also comes with the EC Life Planner, but I made my own removable sticker for the top of it to help with daily checklists as well. 

Basically, diving into the world of paper planners was also a great launch into creativity and a new online community of planners and crafters! I've loved looking at different spreads, Pinterest boards, getting new ideas and spending time laying out my week in a way that's creative and fulfilling! 

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I LOVE paper planning. I've used Erin Condren before, but I'm really enjoying ring planners at the moment. I'm planner obsessed!

    1. YAY PLANNER OBSESSED! What planner do you use? Any favorite Etsy shops or other accessories?

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  3. I love Erin Condren Life Planners too :)


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