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I received a discount on my purchase from Plum Paper in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
One of the things I was looking to the most about moving to Iowa was settling into a new routine. If there was one word to describe my year at Fort Knox, it would be “ever-changing.” Just when it seemed like I had a routine down, it would change again! Part of this was due to my employment situation– I went from working full-time (before I was married), to being unemployed (when I quit my job to marry and move with my husband), to working part-time at a department store at the beginning of 2017, then working full-time hours between two part-time jobs that were both on rotating schedules (at the department store and as a tax preparer), then back to the department store, then leaving the department store a few weeks before the big move. Phew! Just typing all that out made me exhausted!
So, like I said, I was looking forward to moving to Iowa so I could finally settle into a routine. Even before I started working here, I knew I wanted some sort of routine in my life because otherwise I would repeat last fall all over again. I honestly feel like my lack of routine contributed to the depression I experienced last year, and I knew I didn’t want to go through that again.
I thought a fun way to get myself into a routine would be ordering a new planner. I first heard about Plum Paper from a friend a few years back and fell in love with their beautiful planners. They’re so pretty, it’s almost a waste to write in them! At the time, I couldn’t justify spending $50 on a planner, so I saved the company in my mind for the future.
When I finally decided I was going to get into a routine, I splurged on a Plum Paper planner. After all, what was the point of having a planner if I never used it because I didn’t like how it was organized or what it looked like?
With Plum Paper, I was able to customize my planner to fit my needs. For example, I was able to start my planner in May instead of needing to wait until the new year or new school year. Also, since I’m a huge fan of setting goals, I could customize my planner to encompass my goals in various aspects of my life, such as faith, marriage, and volunteering.
I opted to put my “faith” category at the very top, since I wanted it to be first in my life; it was a nice thought, but didn’t work so well once executed. I find myself writing in it for other random things instead of writing them in my “other” category at the bottom, as I’m naturally drawn to the top of my planner for most things. I also didn’t make categories for my college classes, since I wasn’t planning to take classes at the time I ordered my planner; this is another regret of mine because I have to squeeze in my college assignments into another category.
My favorite aspect of my Plum Paper planner (besides the beauty of it, of course!) is the meal-planning section in the back. I used to meal-plan one week at a time, but now I can meal-plan for an entire month at once, which means I can cut down on the number of grocery shopping trips.
This sounds incredibly cliche, but it’s true so I’ll say it– since I started using my Plum Paper planner, I feel less stressed than I did before, despite my life getting busier and more chaotic than ever! Every single morning, as I get ready for work, I take a minute to glance at the day ahead and in the evenings, I glance at my menu-planning pages so I’ll know if there is any food I need to thaw in the fridge overnight. My Plum Paper planner has been the best investment I’ve ever made on myself! In fact, the only issues I have with the planner are the two mistakes that I personally made when designing my planner that I mentioned above. I plan to order another Plum Paper planner next year when I am through using this one! Except this time, I will have a better idea of how I want to design it ;P
Have you ever heard of Plum Paper?
Do you use a planner? If so, what brand?