Staying Organised- Recollections Planner

Because I seem to losing my mind the older I get, I’m finding I need to work harder to stay organised. I have been on the hunt for a planner to stay on top of everything I have to do for Alpha Gam, and I finally decided to give the Recollections “Organize” Planner from Michaels a shot! It a customisable binder style planner that you can decide which booklets you want to use. I don’t want to carry it around every where, I essentially only need to bring it to advising and Junior Circle meetings and use it at home. This system allowed me to cover all areas I wanted to, without having to actually make anything myself. I commend those who make their planner pages and wish I had that commitment, but I don’t have it in me! A 50% off sale on all planners at Michaels was the sign I needed to get started with this. 

I almost decided to go with the classic navy and white striped binder, but I was like, BRANCH OUT AND GET THE BRIGHT, CHEERFUL ONE FOR ONCE! It’s not a huge binder, but it does get heavy-ish when you fill it with three booklets (more on booklets below). It comes with five colourful dividers, and was originally $18- I feel that it was an excellent deal at $9. I am not too sure at how often the planner things go on sale, as it was a mad house.

Recollections Planner Binder

Recollections Planner Dream Big Divider

Recollections Planner Be Amazing Divider

I chose to go with the Calendar, To Do, and Schedule booklets. The booklets are typically $7.49 but were also half price! Considering you can customise your planner, it doesn’t seem crazily expensive compared to all of the other planners out there. Originally I wanted to do four booklets, but the binders really do not fit more than three. Someone commented that having the Calendar and Schedule books together seems like overkill, but the calendar doesn’t allow for day-to-day tasks, and I really need that with both Junior Circle and Advising. Because I have to do reports and brainstorming and have meetings and reply to emails and generally stay on top of things, I like being able to have an overall calendar and then detail schedules that include everything. There are also Event Planning, Fitness and Nutrition, Travel, and Budget booklets if those so float your boat!

Recollections Planner Calendar

Recollections Planner To Do Section

Recollections Planner Schedule Booklet

Recollections Planner Booklets

My only complaint is the fact that only three booklets that fit in the binder that is meant to be the planner. It’s also not particularly easy to write in the booklet still in the binder when there are more than two of them inside. However, I won’t wouldn’t write it off completely, as it takes not very long to take it out of the binder and put it back in. Another solution would also be to use another planner or binder to house these! I know that a lot of people will carry much larger planners with them than I will, and this is a great starting point for someone who wants to try planning without committing hundreds of dollars.

I decided that as washi tape was also on sale for 50% off, it was finally time for me to give washi tape a try! I’ve always been interested in it, but never willing to pay $4-6/roll. For some reason, the Michaels here mainly carry $18 packs of 6-7 rolls that are all one colour. Why would I want 7 rolls of all the same colour?? I got four different patterns- mainly green because that is what they had at the time. They are quite different, so they are suiting my purposes! I am not crafting with them, but rather using them to denote when I am busy in the planner. Washi tape may be involved with some of my Christmas gifts, but I haven’t had time to properly look around and figure out what is possible.

Recollections Planner Schedule Washi Tape

Overall, I am enjoying it! It’s doing exactly what I need it to do, and at a not decent price. Is it as cute as my Kate Spade planner?  No, but nothing else was going to be! This is still enjoyable and customisable without any real work on my part.

Has anyone else tried this planner? What planner brands are your favourite? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historians!

4 thoughts on “Staying Organised- Recollections Planner

  1. Charlotte Graham September 19, 2016 / 8:00 am

    It’s so funny this post just popped up in my feed. I was literally at Michael’s yesterday picking up some chalk paint, and I came very close indeed to purchasing this. The only thing that kept me from getting it is that I recently got a personalized planner from Etsy.


  2. trishaj September 20, 2016 / 10:56 am

    It’s funny that I ran across your post today. I touched on this subject myself today. I’ve been using a planner for a few years now. The first ones I used were the Blue Sky planners that I found at Office Depot. Then I moved to a Happy Planner earlier this year, which is fun. I’m also trying out the bullet journal for the first time and I’m finding that to help me be very organized, creative, and it’s rewarding. It’s early yet, but I think I’m really going to like the combination of using both the planner and the journal together.


  3. Bonnie April 23, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Saw your post Thank you for writing it although I am too late I already purchased this collection and am sorely disappointed with it… looking for a new organizing system.


    • anhistorianabouttown April 23, 2017 / 8:14 am

      I like it as a subsystem to my larger planner- I use it for two specific areas of my life but not for my overall planning. After 6 months of using it, I would say it is supplementary! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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