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Last week, I wrote about how I won an Emily Ley Simplified Planner.  You can read about that here.

Today, I’m going to talk about the current planner I am using, the Today & To Do by The Day Designer.

UntitledI looked hard for a planner that I thought would fit my life and I felt that this would be the perfect one. This planner is undated.  That meant that I could start it at any time and I can take a break without feeling that I would waste the book by skipping dated pages. Each day has it’s own page.

What I love about this page is the long To-Do section on the right side of the page.  I don’t usually have a lot of appointments, but I usually have a long list of tasks to complete, so the layout of the page seemed perfect. To write in my planner, I use Papermate Flair Ultra Fine pens.  I bought an 8-pack multicolor set on Amazon on the same day that I ordered the planner.  I love the ultra fine tip.  There is minimal bleed through of the ink on the other side of the page, and I love the bright and fun colors all over the pages of my planner.

My honest thoughts about the planner:
I love this planner.  This is a high quality planner with high quality paper.  I love the way the pen feels on the paper.  It’s a smooth writing experience.  I once felt that I needed a “day-a-page” spread, but I’m coming to find that I don’t.  My days aren’t THAT busy… I started finding myself writing mundane tasks just to feel like I’m making the most of the planner.  Also, as I mentioned above, I don’t have many appointments.  I’m starting to think that a weekly spread planner will serve my ‘organizing’ needs more.

With that said, I will still use this planner.  Once the Emily Ley planner goes into effect, this Day Designer planner will become more of a ‘memory keeping’ planner.  I already do a lot of memory keeping in it already.  The right side of the planner still lists the tasks that I need to do for the day, but the left ‘scheduling’ side of the planner has become more of a ‘memory keeping’ side.  I’ve been putting down K’s milestones, the interesting things M says, things that are worth remembering, on that side.  It’s another outlet I have to express my creativity and remember the moments  in our fast-paced lives.

The Day Designer Today & Today costs $57 and can be found on the Day Designer website.

What planner do you use?  How do you like it?

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Halfway through last year, I felt the need to have an organizer.  You know, those calendar organizers.

I have one at work, but I felt like I needed one at home.

But because it was halfway through the year, I didn’t want to waste my money on something that I was only going to use half of..

AND I could have gone all technological and looked for an app for my phone.. but I still cherish actually writing things down and turning pages.. call me “old-school.”

So this year, I bought myself a weekly/monthly planner at Target.. its super cute.

I’m not sure what I wanted to get out of it when I longed for it last year.. AND I’m still at a loss with what I want to do with it right now..

For now.. I’m using it to keep track of blog entries for this blog and my craft blog.. and I’m using it for meal planning..

Any other ideas???

The dining room is probably the least used room in our apartment.  Ok, it’s not a ROOM.. it’s more.. a dining AREA. 

We purchased a square dining table when we first moved in, but have mostly used it to just place items on whenever we are too lazy to put them anywhere else.  It’s basically become a storage area.. not cool.

Since we hadn’t been using it, and we lack a pantry in our apartment, Hubby and I decided to get a small shelving unit to place in that area.  I’d provide a picture, but I couldn’t find any on the Target website, where we purchased it.

We pushed the dining table to the corner, leaving two sides available for use, should we need to.  We placed the shelves next to the counter.  That left us with tons of extra room, so we placed M’s little table and bench she received for Christmas there.  She now eats, plays, reads, uses her iPad on that table.  M and I have been known to have a rocking tea party there too..

I know everyone says how important it is to eat as a family, and we do.  In the living room.  Yes, unconventional, I know.  But right now, it works for us.  As my family gets older, I know we will start utilizing our dining table. 

We have TONS of room now.  M can run from the dining area and through the living room, uninterupted.  She and Hubby have so much fun chasing each other.

I’ve fallen in love with the apartment all over again.

Now we just have to tackle the bedrooms, and we’d be all set!

At the end of last year, I said that things were going to be changing..

One major goal for this year was to utilize the space of our apartment, reorganize, and make better use of our space.

We’ve been working a lot on our living and dining rooms and it’s marvelous!

For the living room, we replaced all the cardboard boxes we were using to store M’s toys with a piece of Ikea toy storage furniture:


And pink and white bins.. she’s a girl!

With all the toys and books that M had, I was really surprised that the Trofast holds it all. Using this instead of the cardboard boxes of diapers and wipes really made our living room look more organized, less cluttered, and so spacious!

M really loves the bins too, not only does she love pouring the contents all over the living room floor, she loves sitting in them, or climbing on top of them..

We also replaced the TV stand with an old one from my brother in law. It has a smaller footprint than our old TV stand, so it also gave us a little bit more room.

I’m loving our living room. M has so much room to run around, when she doesn’t scatter her toys everywhere.. and it’s so easy to just take and toss her toys into the bin at the end of the day.

I’m loving this reorganization!

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