Keeping my life organised…

… or trying to, at least!

Hi friends!

For those of you who have been following me for a little while now, you’ll know that I’ve been on this (on-going, never-ending!) venture of trying to keep myself organised! If you’ve only discovered my blog recently, I don’t consider myself an organised person in my personal life, but I’m trying! You can check out my posts on a sneak-peak into my Erin Condren Teacher Planner, my planner suitcase, and using Evernote to reduce my paperwork.

(I confess, I’ve been a bit slack on using Evernote in the classroom lately, but I’m geared up to get back into it this term!)

Anyway, I’ve just ordered (and received a shipment notice) for my second Erin Condren teacher planner (for July) because I really have enjoyed using it. However, I’ve decided that from now on it will be STRICTLY a teacher planner, because I like handwriting my weekly overview. (I do have more detailed Literacy and Numeracy planner for each week) but I do like blocking out times and special events, etc. I also love the checklists and monthly overviews, etc. If you’re interested in seeing more detail photos/descriptions on how I use my teacher planner, let me know in the comments.

HOWEVER. For my personal life, I wanted to use something different.


Enter my new Kikki-K Time Planner.

For those of you familiar with Filofax planners, this is equivalent to an A5 Filofax.


My goal with this planner is to use it for all my appointments, social events, to-do lists for around the house, birthdays, expenses, BLOG PLANNER (capitals warranted because I need to get onto this), wish lists, meeting notes, etc.

My plan is to spend about 15 minutes on Sunday nights checking my monthly calendar and updating my upcoming weekly planner (week to 2 pages) with all the things that are happening, plus things that need to be done, and a little bit of decorating. (I think I’ve told you all that if something’s pretty, I’m more inclined to use it? Totally true.)

If anyone’s interested in seeing what I’m doing with my planner, let me know and I’m happy to share pictures. It’s a work in progress, but I started using it on Monday and so far I’m really enjoying it. It’s a very pretty ‘berry’ colour and I think it’ll help keep me on track!

And… because it’s the holidays, and because I needed some cute little bits and pieces to decorate my brand new planner, I did a bit of stationary shop. Here are all my goodies (because I know teachers like stationary!):


From Big W I bought a mini-scrapbooking paper pad to create some pretty page dividers, plus some Pilot Frixion Erasable pens (these ones are 0.7 point). This don’t bleed through the pages of the planner, and can be erased if an error is made – this makes me very happy!



Then I went to Daiso – and that is a REALLY dangerous shopping experience for me. A few sheets of stickers, a few SUPER CUTE collections of sticky notes (hello cute little coloured pencils!), washi tape and giant paper clips later and I was done!

Newsagency_HaulThen I stopped in at a news agency… and I don’t normally go into news agencies, but I totally found these colourful versions of my all-time favourite pens (Uniball Jetstreams). I love, love, love these pens! Plus a single hole punch because I have 2 in my classroom, but none at home.

Officeworks_HaulThen it was in to Officeworks, and I didn’t do too badly. Normally I buy waaaaaaay too much at Officeworks. Here I found the Pilot Frixion pens I really wanted (in 0.5 pt), and I ended with 7 different colours. These pens have taken up residence in my Planner Suitcase now (and the black pen lives in my Kikki-K planner). Plus, two full adhesive sticky note packs (in my favourite colours!). These are awesome because basically the entire sheet is sticky except for one tiny strip that’s not, if you want to move them around.

Is anyone else as picky as I am about their pens? (Don’t get me wrong, one can never have TOO many pens because they never seem to be handy when you need them.) I started using the Jetstream pens about 6 years ago now, and they are by far the best pens. Although I do like how the Frixion pens write in my planner.

Maybe I’m just ALL ABOUT the coloured pens? 😀



Do you think I have enough washi tape? I saw this great idea in a planner organisation video about having a sample of each roll of washi tape you have in your planner so you don’t double-up, want to try and coordinate colours, etc. Well, I ended up with nearly 2 back-and-front A5 sheets covered in washi tape. And I thought that was… kind of a lot.

Then I remembered I had a stack of tape rolls in my Planner Suitcase. So… now I’m on to the third sheet.

People, I think I have a problem! 😀

What are your stationary loves?




5 thoughts on “Keeping my life organised…

  1. Hi Stef,
    I cannot even tell you how jealous I am of your tape collection. I will be heading to Daiso tomorrow and I can only aspire to collect as much tape as you have!
    I have tossed up getting an Erin Condren planner but the fact that it starts in July kind of irks me. I’m a little OCD like that. I also still can’t decide whether I prefer hand writing my planners or going paperless! I guess having a planner would help in keeping handwritten planners all together (if that makes sense) as I often lose my notes in the piles on my desk – hence my desire to go paperless. Argh! I’ll figure it out one day. Any tips?
    Katelyn 🙂


    • Hi Katelyn,

      Good luck in Daiso tomorrow! I have to say, I collected my tape in all sorts of random places (Daiso, Typo, Etsy, Spotlight, $2 stores and Pavement – which is a kids clothing store of all places!). But I use it for a lot of things, and in all of my planners, so at least it’s not just sitting there, going to waste!

      As for the EC planners, yeah, the July thing bugs me, too. But that said, I’ve used it for a year (starting last July and carrying over until now) and it hasn’t bothered me as much as I thought it would. I’m a very visual person – I love colour and pretty things – and the planner is both of those and I HAVE used it (where I didn’t use the horribly boring, word-filled planners my school had bought previously). I find that having a paper planner for an overview – for dates, notes, meetings, thoughts, etc – helps me focus on my work stuff. It’s like a brain dump for all of the information I need. I love planning on my computer, but I tend to “lose” things amongst everything else that I have, so having something I can carry around with me keeps me a little more honest. I also love that if I make a sticky note note, I just shove it somewhere in my planner (usually inside the front cover) and I have it with me when I go home and I’ve forgotten all about it!

      As for tips, it’s really whatever you prefer. I personally do half paper/half paperless – although I still have to print everything out for our accountability at work. I do all my digital planning in Excel though. I’ve created templates for weekly literacy and numeracy planners and I use one workbook (file) for each subject for each term, and then just add sheets to the workbooks for each week so I only deal with 2 subject files per term. (This, as opposed to originally working in Word and having to start a new file every term and ending up with 10 literacy planner files and 10 numeracy planner files every term <- this ends up too cluttered for my liking!)

      I don't know if any of that is helpful, but I hope there's something in there for you to take-away. Let me know if there's anything specific you're interested in and if you'd like me to share any of it on the blog, I'm happy to do that, too!

      Thanks for your comment,


  2. Hi Stef,
    Thanks for your advice. I think you’ve sold me on the EC Planner – I tend to forget things unless I’ve physically written them down so perhaps that will help?
    I’d love to see pictures or a post on the inside of your planner so I can specifically see how you’ve used it if that’s at all possible?
    P.S. No Daiso shop today – probably for the best!


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