Everyone loves pretty planner supplies. This list will help you get started as a new planner user and take you all the way through next level organizing and decorating.
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My planner is basically my external brain. I use it to write down all the things so that I don’t have to remember them.
Dates. Appointments. Lists. Errands. Chores. Work. Goals. Health.
You get the point. Everything goes in my planner and so I’m much more organized and much less stressed than I was before I started using one. The way I used my planner has changed over the years, so I want to share the supplies I’ve used at each stage.
This list of planner supplies is for everyone, whether you’re interested in getting started using a planner, you’re ready to take your planner to the next level, or you’re a lifelong #planneraddict. Add these goodies to your wishlist for yourself and for the planner user you love to shop for.
Choosing a planner
You only need a few things to get started. I always recommend that to start out, you just do the pen-and-paper planning until you make a habit of it. There is no need to go all out on an expensive planner, pens, and other supplies. That’s the frosting on the cupcake. First, you need to practice cooking with a box mix.
I’ve got several printable planner inserts here on the blog. You’ll find monthly calendars, a daily planner and habit trackers to get you started for free.
Planner Supplies for Setup
If you’re using a digital planner to print at home, you’ll need a few things to get it set up before you start using it.
While you can print planner inserts in black and white, they’re so much prettier in color. And these days a color printer doesn’t cost much more than a black and white one. Of course, you’ll need additional ink, but as long as you aren’t printing tons of solid-colored pages, it should last you a while.
I currently use an Epson Workforce WF-7620.
Bright white computer paper
A good quality bright white paper makes a huge difference in how your printed pages will look. Additionally the weight of the paper effects whether you can see what’s printed/written on the backside of a page.
My paper of choice is bright white paper at around 24lb. and 96 brightness.
After you print your planner at home, you need something to keep it in. While you can have it bound at a copy shop for a few dollars, I like to use a 3-ring binder because it’s really sturdy. I’ve never needed more than a 1-inch binder and I like the ones with the clear front so I can slide in my cover page.
Here are several 3-ring binders with clear covers.
You need a 3-hole punch to prep your pages to go into the binder. I use a vintage hole punch that was originally my grandmother’s. It still works fine, but it’s silly heavy.
I’ve found several flat 3-hole punches and can be kept in your planner binder.
Pens and pencils
Planner Supplies for Organizing
Even if it’s messy, a planner you use daily to keep track of appointments and get stuff done is perfect. If you’re looking to take it to the next level and get a bit more organized, you might need a few extras.
I use different kinds of planner dividers to separate my planner into quarterly and monthly sections. I also keep my blogging calendars in a separate section.
Zip pencil pouch
Once you have a few favorite pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, and other items, it’s handy to keep them all in a zip pencil pouch.
I often find I need to scribble down extra info quickly or just write a note that can be transferred as I flip pages in my planner. So keeping a few pads of sticky notes in my pencil pouch is a simple solution.
Binder clips are great for marking your current section or holding pages together. It makes it quick to flip back and forth between this month and this week in my own planner.
When I started planning, I did a lot of scribbling and didn’t feel bad just marking something out and rewriting. After a while, the messiness started to bug me and I discovered erasable pens are the planner lover’s best friend.
I’m currently using Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens in 10 colors so I can color-code my monthly calendar pages and erase every time I change my mind.
Planner Supplies for Decorating
A paper trimmer comes in handy for cutting paper into custom sizes. I love using scrapbook paper, which is usually 12×12-inches.
There is an endless supply of pretty washi tape at every craft store. I’ve recently been using it to cover up where I wrote in non-erasable pen. It also makes a fun way to highlight big events.
Here are some super-cute ones:
Planner stickers can be just decorative, motivational, or pretty handy for organizing. My favorite way to use planner stickers is to mark holidays and recurring events (like payday, no school, etc.)
Here is a small selection:
Vinyl sticker paper
I’ve made my own planner stickers by printing on label paper. The next thing on my idea list is making my own planner stickers with Cricut printable vinyl. You don’t even actually need a Cricut, although it comes in handy for cutting the stickers out.
Planner charms are strictly decoration, but they are awfully cute. Hang one from the rings if you have a spiral planner or attach it to the zipper on your pencil bag.
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