It’s Time to Plan: An Erin Condren Review

I’m a planner.

Fine. I’ll say it. I’m an organizational freak. Excel is filled with color-coded spreadsheets, which have all been uploaded to Google Docs so I can access them wherever I am. Another heavily used item is my Google Calendar. Long run schedule, work meetings, upcoming travel – you name it, I have it in there. I need to know what’s going on, present & future, at all times.

And not that I think technology will ever fail me, but I also like to carry a paper planner. Something about the pen & paper aspect makes me really happy.

Enter Erin Condren.

Erin Condren

I had no idea this beautiful thing existed until I saw a photo Kelly posted. Immediate planner envy took over and I needed to learn more. It had so many features normal planners don’t, the layout is unique, and the cover is personalized. After pouring over the website for a week, I pulled the trigger and ordered my own.

It finally arrived yesterday! For reference, order date to delivery was 12 days: not for the impatient.

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The packaging alone was pretty impressive.

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And then, the great reveal…

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LOVE it. Much more visually appealing than the normal solid color ones I usually buy! The front & back covers are thick and the metal coil is very sturdy, making it very durable as a whole.

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Laminated monthly tabs:

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Both monthly & weekly pages:

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Stickers are provided to mark important days. Also included: hair/dentist/doc appt, wedding, date night, bridal shower, concert, party, game, pay day, etc.

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A folder to keep any loose papers or receipts organized and in one area.:

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A zipper pouch in the back for additional storage.

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Erin Condren also included a sample pack of gift labels:

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Overall, I’m really excited to start using it! It has everything I usually require in a planner with a few extra features that’ll make it even easier to stay organized. Another perk is you can order it whenever you want and have it start in the month of your choosing. Most planners run Jan-Dec or July-June, but I had mine start in September so I could start using it right away. No waiting until the next round of annual shipments to come in!

How do you plan? Are you a pen/paper person or technology lover?

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19 Comments

  1. So cute! 🙂 I plan.. poorly : Maybe I need something like this in my life! 🙂

  2. wow I LOVE IT! so bright and love that it’s personalized.

  3. OMG Now I’m in planner envy!!!!! I need to get a new one for January, and having things that I need to start adding to my calendar for 2013 (and not having one) is stressing me out. Do you feel the cost is reasonable compared to the quality? I was thinking of going to Barnes & Noble to pick up a new one soon, but this is really cute and I can never find monthly and weekly calendar!

  4. OH. MY. GOSH. This is amazing!! I am obsessed with all organizational type things. I need this!

  5. I think most planners start whenever you buy them. I think they update them every month or two in the stores. I went to buy a planner at Target in July and it went from July this year to July next year. Though, I am kinda envious of those pockets for storage. *drool*
    I can’t do electronic planning. I put stuff in my phone and end up double booked. If I write it down, it’s much better!

  6. that is really nice… I’m going to check them out. I have some memory issues, so I always carry a notebook and a planner, but the erin one looks awesome!

  7. I ordered my last Saturday! I am not so patiently waiting for it to arrive! Thanks for the great review!

  8. I had to laugh when I read this. I have a planner/To Do List obsession! My husband teases me for having so many To Do Lists….yeah, but who keeps him from forgetting his mom’s birthday! 😉

    • I got a massive eyeroll when my boyfriend asked me what the package from Erin Condren was. “Anotherrrr planner?” he says. This one is AMAZING, I don’t think I’ll ever stray to another brand.

  9. Haha twinsies! I’m obsessed with mine. I carry it everywhere.

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