To me, a big part of living a decluttered lifestyle is continuing to simplify and make things easier for myself and my family. My most recent decision was to condense a few notebooks that I keep.

You might be thinking it would be easier to use technology to plan, keep notes, and track things but I love holding a notebook in my hands and writing on paper. Plus, I try to limit my screen time as much as possible so if there is a way to do something without technology, I do it.

The Issue

I was keeping a separate notebook for my calendar, goal tracker, blogging notes, and happiness Highlights journal but I started to notice that many times while working with one I would be inspired to write something in another. I decided it would make the most sense if they were all together and as an added bonus I would turn four things into one thing!

My initial reason I had kept them separate was because I didn’t want my ideas to get cluttered together. However, keeping things in a standard notebook was beginning to create its own clutter problems because I couldn’t remove a page without messing up other information. I also frequently found that I wanted to add information in between pages which wasn’t possible with what I was using.

Thus started my adventure looking for the perfect tool to use. I finally found it with the Happy Planner disc bound planner.

The Solution

Happy Planner picture
My Happy Planner

As soon as I saw these planners and how they are completely customizable I was hooked. I am pretty simple when it comes to most things so I don’t use the stickers or the page layouts that have a lot going on. (But if you are into jazzing up your stuff they have quite a collection).

What I found to be most helpful was the disc binding, which allows you to easily add or remove pages. I also picked up a few simple paper packs so that I could create my own personal page layouts that work for exactly what I need.

Now I can work on my hobbies with everything nice and neatly together and I don’t have a pile of notebooks on the corner of my desk.

There is no clutter to be found in my new system!

Do you use notebooks to organize and track anything? Have you recently simplified something that you enjoy? Tell me about it in the comments.