Planner Update: April 2017

The term ‘planner peace’ is thrown around a little bit in the planning community, and although it sounds extremely cheesy I now feel like I completely understand what it means. This is because I have found planner peace. It has taken me around 5 planners to work this out, but I am there and I am happy about it. Planner peace for me is in the form of a 12 month Plum Paper planner, with a month-at-a-glance section with a handful of lined note pages behind. I use the month-at-a-glance section of the planner to organise my life and keep track of everything I have going on, and I use the note pages for various to do lists and other brain dumps that I need to get down on paper and out of my mind. I have come to understand that this is all I need to feel properly organised, without spending too much time faffing about in my planner. I’ve done the week-at-a-glance thing, I’ve done the stickers thing, but now I know what I need and what I like and I feel more organised than ever.

Meal Planning

Meal planning is an important part of keeping a household running smoothly, and I’ve found a way to streamline the process and make it easier for me each week (oh, by the way, I’ve switched back to weekly meal planning as monthly planning wasn’t working for us for financial reasons). I now go to the grocery store once a week, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make in order to save us a little bit of money each week. I used to struggle with coming up with a variety of meals from week to week, that kept everyone satisfied. I would often ask Sebastian for meal suggestions but he would always draw a blank on what he wanted. With this new method in place, it makes it so much easier for him to have a quick glance at the options and tell me what he wants for the week.

I typed up a list of meals that we frequently eat (if you’re creatures of habit like we are, then this should work well for you too), for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I simply hand Sebastian this list when I need him to give me some suggestions for the week, he writes them down, and I go from there. He’ll often give me red meat suggestions, and I try to work in some chicken and fish options into the week alongside these. I’ll then go ahead and plan our lunches taking into consideration what we’ll have leftover throughout the week. Breakfast is pretty straightforward, but I like to mix it up to keep things interesting. I also make sure to check my day planner to see if we have any events coming up that might tie into meal times. From there, I plan out the week.

I fill out my weekly meal planner (this one is from kikki k, but there are a million free options available online), making sure we have a nice variety of meals throughout the week. Because these are all things I make over and over again, it’s really easy for me to then go through the ‘essentials’ list I typed up to highlight everything we’ll need for the week. I set out the essentials list in order of areas I move through while grocery shopping. That way I don’t look down at the list and see something I should have picked up 3 aisles ago, I can easily move through the store and pick up items as I go. I highlight items in pink that I know we definitely need, green is for the things I need to check the cupboard for before I head to the store. So that’s how I meal plan! The last few times I’ve used this method we’ve saved about $40-$50 in “incidental” purchases as I move through the store. So it’s working well for me, and I hope it works well for you!

Container Store Haul

If we had the Container Store in Australia I would probably live there. We have our own versions of the store of course, but the majority of them charge exorbitant amounts of money for things that I honestly don’t think should cost so much. But that is a whole different post, and one I will probably never bother to write (cue collective sign of relief). I placed the order using parcel forwarding service Hop Shop Go, and I’m going to have to make the most of this stuff because the shipping cost was so high that I’ll never be ordering from the Container Store again. Woe. I ordered a few bits and pieces, mostly things to help me organise my life (vinyl document holders to keep different types of paperwork together for projects I’m working on, manila folders for storing bills/press releases, receipt file to help me keep track of things I purchase for my new house, paper flags to use in my Lilly Pulitzer planner and weekly to-do post it notes), and a few travel-friendly things for my trip later this year. Mmm, organisation.

Giveaway: Lilly Pulitzer Organiser

For the past three years I’ve been using the Kikki K financial year diary as my day planner and life organiser. I recently watched this video by Organize Like Jen and decided that I wanted something bigger and better to help me organise my life and the various projects that I have planned for this year. I’d seen the Lilly Pulitzer agendas on Glitzy Glam before and had considered purchasing one because they looked so cute. As luck would have it, as soon as I started thinking about them again Elle Fowler tweeted that the new season agendas were in stock so I headed on over and bought myself one. It arrived a couple of weeks later and I fell in love. So much so that I decided to buy a second one to give away to one of you! To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this post giving me your best organisational tip. Please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. The winner will be drawn at random on Saturday August 18th. Good luck!

Makeup Box Shop Organiser

I am in love with my new acrylic makeup organiser. It is exactly what I had been looking for, and I purchased mine online from an Australian store called The Makeup Box Shop. I searched online for a week or so, and went to various stores in the city but couldn’t find anything that would fit as much as these stands do, and everything that was smaller was actually more expensive. Go figure. The Makeup Box Shop boxes are now $99 AUD each, and that includes free shipping anywhere in Australia. The Makeup Box Shop do ship internationally, but you would need to email them for a quote. I highly recommend the store, I was dealing with Katie via email and she was super friendly and helpful and even emailed me to check in on whether or not I had received my parcel. If you’re interested, I’ve also put up a short video on youtube of me rambling about what is actually stored in the drawers. Now, any ideas as to how I can store my brushes?