I know I’m a little bit late to the game with a getting organised post in March! But I just had to do a review on my diary and share because I absolutely LOVE it, no seriously, LOVE it!
Before I became a part of the world of motherhood, my Google calender on my phone was more than enough to keep track of my husbands shifts and what I had going on and when.
When I was on maternity leave being organised wasn’t such an issue, I mean I’m naturally an organised person I like to plan my day, dinner, weekend, life!
As my maternity leave ended and I returned back to work, juggling work, home and a child became a bit more of a challenge and my little Google calender just wasn’t cutting it. So I started to look at alternatives.
A little something you should know about me, I like to research what I’m looking for, be it a new foundation, appliance and yep you guessed it an organiser! How sad you might say, but I can’t help it, I enjoy reading other peoples reviews and making sure what I’m purchasing is for me.
So moving on, as I was doing my extensive research I came across a company called Organised Mum. Yes as you can guess the lovely people over there have all sorts of diaries, organisers, calenders, wall charts, you name it, to help us mums’ stay on top of our busy lives!
After looking through what was on offer I decided to go with their Life Book diary which costs £14.49.
This diary’s A5 in size with a hard-backed cover and red elastic to hold everything inside. I admit it is on the larger side but this doesn’t bother me, the design on it could be slightly more interesting or brighter but again it doesn’t bother me enough to not use it. Plus if this size isn’t for you they also have pocket size diaries.
Now for the fun part, inside! The diary is sectioned off in to three parts – ‘Weekly Diary’, ‘Monthly Planning Pages’ and ‘Christmas & Holidays’.
The first few pages of the diary is for ‘Personal Information’ and ‘Useful Numbers’, this is followed by a ‘Weekly Routine’ section. I haven’t used the routine part of the diary yet as to be honest we don’t have much of a routine set in place, apart from swimming on a Saturday, which you can’t really forget! This part I believe will prove handy as baby K gets older and has more of a social life!
The diary itself starts from August 2015 and goes all the way through to the first week of January 2017. Each week is split over two pages, with each day having four lines for you to write on, which is great for someone who has a lot going on, usually I find there isn’t enough space to jot everything down, especially on the weekend sections.
At the bottom of each box you also have a ‘meal ideas’ line which for me is perfect as I like to plan my meals out for the week.
To the sides you have two columns which can be torn off, one for your ‘shopping list’ and one for your ‘things to do’ and ‘important’. Once again this is handy as you can keep track of all the important things that you need to remember for the week or for the following, and the fact that you can tear the ‘shopping list’ off when you’re ready saves you having loose paper laying around or stuck in your diary. Simply, fill, tear and shop!
Monthly Planning Pages
This part of the diary shows your monthly overview, this is great for me as I can write down Mr H’s shifts for the month and see it all in one go or any important dates like birthdays or events. After each monthly calendar you have a ‘To Do’ page with tick boxes, a ‘Notes’ page, a ‘Budget’ page and a ‘Income & Outgoings’ page. I use all of these especially the ‘To Do’ and ‘Notes’ pages as I can jot things down that I want to do or remember for that month. For example in September 2016 I’ve added my reminder to keep a look our for tickets to Willow Farm’s Santa’s Grotto! Yes I’m already thinking about Christmas, I told you I like planning!
Christmas & Holidays
The final section of the diary is for ‘Christmas & Holiday’ planning. Here you have pages for ‘Christmas plans’, ‘Christmas budget’, ‘Christmas cards’ ‘Christmas presents’ sectioned off in to who it’s for, gift ideas, budget and actual cost and finally a ‘Christmas shopping’ tick list. It keeps going, after this you have your ‘Summer Holiday Planner’ I haven’t used this yet as I think it’s probably more suited to somebody who has kids in school and the term dates are set.
The last few pages consists of your ‘Thought & plans’ starting from 2015 to 2017 and then a couple of blank ‘Notes’ pages, which are always good to have.
Lastly the back of the diary has a little pocket which contains a separate Address book and two cute sticker pages, which you can use to brighten up your important dates. At the risk of sounding like a kid I was so excited about sticking these in! The little pocket at the back is handy for keeping receipts, letters and anything else you don’t want to lose together.
To keep track of where you are in your diary you are also provided with two clear dividers which you can take out and slot in to place where ever your heart desires. I use mine to get to the week I’m in and the month I want, I also use it to stick little post it’s on!
Overall I think it’s safe to say that the ladies and gents over at Organised Mum have thought of everything when it comes to making sure their diaries are practical and help busy mums stay on top of things. I’ll definitely be purchasing mine for 2017.
How do you keep on top of your hectic life?
2017 diaries will be available from mid-April 2016 be sure to snap yours up from the Organised Mum website or in a John Lewis store.
A little note – I have in no way been paid or approached by any of the companies mentioned above for this review. I am simply sharing my thoughts on a product that I myself love!