If you’ve read my post about a schedule for a stay at home mom, then you know I’m all about schedules and routines to help keep my days prioritized and productive. Not to be neurotic, but I can’t stand when I look back on my day and feel like I got almost nothing done. Can you relate? Since becoming a mom I’ve also become a huge fan of day planners, and have certainly gone through my fair share of them. Having a schedule, list of priorities and reminders laid out in front of me is so much easier than trying to keep things in my head. This has been especially true since we started homeschooling a few years ago! I’m most likely to forget an appointment, a deadline, a blog post, etc. If you’re looking for some of the best planners for moms, here are some of my favorites:
Filofax– The filofax was one of the first planners that I ever owned. This was pre-mom life for me, in my very early twenties and I absolutely loved this thing. I wasn’t crazy about scheduling at the time, but I loved the idea and just carrying it made me feel more organized. For me it doubled as a wallet, because most of them have slots on the side for debit cards, drivers license/ID, and a space large enough to hold cash or receipts. I started out using the pocket size, which is rather small, but easy to carry around. As I became more enthusiastic about using them, I upgraded to the “Classic” Filofax size. I love the Filofax (just writing this is making me want to buy another!) because the intention is that you purchase the outside case and then refill it with the papers you want as you need it. Paper refills don’t have to be purchased from the Filofax website, either. You can find digital downloads on Etsy, or order printed ones from Mochi Things. You can buy to-do lists, calendar in weekly or monthly format, shopping lists, gratitude pages.
Erin Condren– Okay, who doesn’t love the chic and fun designs that are Erin Condren? While I’ve never actually used one of her planners, I’ve always admired them from afar and have read the rave reviews from her many fans. I have almost pulled the trigger a few times on the LifePlanner. It has all the bells and whistles beyond just calendar planning: Monthly quotes, stickers, productivity pages, and more. Personally, I really love the planners that you keep and then refill and these planners are the ring-binder style that you use for a 12 month period. If you like to switch up your planner every year, then check out Erin Condren planners!
Kikki.K– Kikki.K is the current planner that I have and I absolutely love it! It was the only gift I asked for 2 Christmases ago and I was so ecstatic to receive it. I may be a tad biased, but Kikki.K planners are the perfect planners for moms. They are similar to the idea of Filofax where you keep it for multiple years and refill it every year with the pages you’ll need. Usually they also have additional slots for important papers, debit/credit cards, cash, pens or extra things like post-its, stickers, etc. I buy a lot of my refills from Mochi Things. There are different styles and sizes available, too. Check out Kikki.K planners here.
Big Monthly Planner- The Big Monthly Planner is another planner that I’ve never used but have considered getting. Technically it’s not a “day” planner, because it’s organized by months. It’s like a giant calendar, where you can plan out each day. Great for keeping a schedule if that’s all you need, but does not include all the extras that some of that true day planners have. It’s not my style, but every so often I do think about keeping things really straightforward and simple. This is the type of planner that you probably keep at home on a desk instead of carrying around with you. Consider this the ultimate calendar style planner (they do also have a big weekly planner if you prefer to plan per week!)
Papier Daily Planner– The Papier Daily Planner is the perfect planner for moms looking for more of a journal style day planner. This is another planner that I’ve strongly considered getting when I want to switch it up from the refillable style. These planners truly focus on day-to-day tasks and priorities. They are small and easy to carry around, but they also only contain 16 weeks worth of planning-a good or bad thing depending on what you’re looking for and trying to accomplish. This option is a another one of the best planners for moms because it’s not too bulky, but has built in schedule pages, to-do lists, weekly overview and meal plans.
Do any of these seem like good options for you? Which style is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts!