Simplify your Planning

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.

Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

Hi!! My name is Suzanne and I live in central PA with my husband and three girls. I love camping, gardening, spending time with my family, and decluttering!

10 thoughts on “Simplify your Planning

  1. I use a combination of digital tools and paper. Like you, I enjoy writing with pen and paper, especially when brainstorming blog ideas or taking notes for my courses. For my birthday last year, my family bought me a Rocketbook reusable notebook. It’s the best of both worlds. I get to write with a pen, and then send notes I want to keep permanently to the cloud for storage.

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  2. I’m trying to declutter my work routine… it’s probably the space I am least organised in and often find myself feeling overwhelmed. So notebooked and daily to-do lists are helping a bunch

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  3. I don’t use digital tools either, except for google keep which I can access from both my phone and laptop. I am much like you where I prefer actual physical trackers. I noticed that it’s easy to accumulate notebooks, so now I stick to a deluxe organizer and basic planner for keeping tabs on things.

    To-do-lists have helped me greatly, which is what I mainly use Google Keep for.

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  4. I use a lot of different notebooks and would much rather keep everything in one place. The planner you mentioned is so nice! I’ll have to look into getting one of those instead of taking up space with too many notebooks.

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    1. It has been super nice! I found mine on sale at Michaels but I have also seen a huge selection at Hobby Lobby. I bought a pack of the lined paper and a pack of the paper with little dots all over it and I have been making my own layouts. It has become a fun hobby and I love how organized it has made me feel. Plus less notebook clutter is a huge win!😀 I hope you find something that you love!!

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