Planner Move In | Simplified Planner

It’s one of my FAVORITE times of the Christmas season! Can you guess why? (You can; I forget that my title tells you all!)


This year, I am trying out the Simplified planner by Emily Ley. For the last 6 or so years, I have used Erin Condren’s LifePlanners. I LOVE the LifePlanner, don’t get me wrong, buy as time has gone on I’ve had to modify/add to the planner. I’ve gone through SO MANY notebooks (hence, the blog’s name The Colorful Notebooks) writing out all different kinds of lists. My thought, rather hope, is that using the Simplified planner will cut down on the need for another book for all my lists.

Every thing I talk about today will be linked! All stickers are from the Etsy Shop, Planner Kate.

Now, to set it up!

Year At A Glance

Recurring expenses. There are a few things that I use these transparent circles for. HOA expenses, dog food pick up, and general annual expenses (Amazon, Beachbody on Demand, etc.). This allows us to plan for payments ahead of time. On the opposite page, I keep what the amounts are. Everything is in one book and easy to see!

Monthly View

Here, I can see the month in “big picture”! Every thing from bills/monthly expenses, appointments, important dates, meal planning, and beyond go here. When starting out or planning ahead, I write it out in pencil then move to pen/functional stickers a few days before the month starts.

Daily View

This was the biggest selling point for me–daily views. Having a monthly and weekly view for me became too redundant and I had minimal space for lists and notes.

The Simplified Planner allows me to view the day hourly, with the added benefit of a To Do list and a notes section. Now the only thing I need a notebook for are shopping lists.

The biggest plus? Being able to see when I can fit my To Do list into the day’s schedule. I can also easily track the baby’s schedule!


There are 2 miscellaneous pieces to planning that I find important. The first are the stickers; the second the planner’s prep work space.

You’ll notice, that unlike years past, I’m not as intent on color coding every individual calendar marking. I’m sticking to one pen and using color coded stickers.

For me, stickers are all about functionality. They highlight important pieces, mainly in the monthly view, allowing for an easy visual.

transparent circles | paw prints | trash can | gift box | payday | scale | solid color boxes | blank boxes | washi tape

2019 daily planner | notebook | bookmark

The prep work is a bonus space. I have yet to use every prep space prompt, but this one is hands-down the most helpful.

If you are anything like me, you love a good routine, schedule…whatever you’d like to call it. Writing out this routine allows me to create a few “must accomplish” goals for each day and not over-extend my days and self.

If you are interested in purchasing a Simplified Planner, you can use this link to get $10 off you order. This post is not sponsored, and the above product links are not affiliate links. However the referral link, with the $10 discount, is both a discount to you and to me! The prices are not increased when clicking this link.


2 thoughts on “Planner Move In | Simplified Planner

  1. Kaitlyn

    Love how you organize! I ditched the EC this year as well but didn’t really find a replacement yet. I’m currently using a cheap Walmart planner until I find it. Really loving the your Simplified one, may have to look into it. I also love how clean the stickers make it look!

    1. alaina devens

      Thanks, girl! I don’t know why I am just seeing your comment now; sorry!

      I am LOVING the Simplified planner. Three months in and I’m still using it daily, without it feeling like a burden!

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