The only thing I love as much as books and coffee is stationery. I’ve often said/overshared that those big, thick corporate stationery catalogues are like porn mags to me (!) and in every office job I’ve ever had it’s always been a terrible idea to leave me in charge of re-ordering supplies. (Because you know I always opted for the fancy pens. One time the manager’s wife did the ordering and I, ahem, accidentally dropped the box of generic blue ballpoints she had the cheek to get down the back of the photocopier, where hopefully they remain to this day.) So seeing as this blog is already about both books and coffee, I thought I’d make some room for a new monthly post about the magical world of fancy pens, pretty notebooks and paperclips in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. Because (i) why not? and (ii) I was going to write a blog post about this month’s stationery pick anyway, because it’s that good.
Look at the prettiness! LOOK! MORE EXCLAMATION MARKS!
I’m taking about the Erin Condren Life Planner, which arrived in my life on Monday morning. You know when you see something, and you immediately know that once you have it, everything else in life that you want will be yours too? That once you have it on your desk, you’ll be more organized than the Dewy Decimal system? That instead of spending half the day reading other people’s blogs, you’ll have five books written by the end of the week? Well, that. Although in fairness, other people’s blogs is how I found out about it in the first place.
There I was, reading about red velvet cupcake mini cheesecakes or something, when I clicked on a link, and then another link, and then another, until I ended up on a girly-girly blog that I’d never been on before. And there, in the top post, was a picture of what looked like a personalized planner under the title, “My Erin Condren planner FINALLY arrived!” After a visit to ErinCondren.com and a viewing of the video below, I HAD to have one.
Now, yes, it was a little bit pricey. The life planner comes with personalization included for $50, and I opted to add a photo of my choice on the back cover, which was an additional $5. It was really shipping that was horrendous—almost as much as the planner at $49.91 (I know, but when it’s your only option…)—but that was because international customers were only offered FedEx and, hey, my planner did only take a couple of days to cross the Atlantic. I’m not sure I’d have trusted the post office with it, anyway.
And just think of it like this:
- Total cost of planner = $104.91
- Potential days of use = 295
- Total cost per day of use = 0.35c.
(Tip: this purchase justification method also works for shoes, bags, coffee machines, etc. You’re welcome.)
After ordering my life planner, the anticipation of it arriving took over my life. (Think of the hours ahead of playing with it! Of filling stuff in! Of color-coding with Muji pens!) I actually had to cut back on my caffeine intake for a couple of mornings just so I wouldn’t push myself over the edge. Luckily it got here quick. And oh my Stationery God, just look at the papery prettiness!
It comes in a pretty box, wrapped in pink tissue paper!
It comes with little extras like personalized, co-ordinated gift tags, stickers and discounts off your next order!
It has a little pouch at the back for holding stuff!
There’s space to write something every morning, afternoon and night!
Needless to say I will henceforth be the most organized person in the universe.
If you think it’s a bit late to be spending a small fortune on a 2012 planner, you could opt instead for one of Erin Condren’s year-round notebooks or just wait a few months; I understand the 2013 planner will be available in the autumn. Alternatively check out their painfully adorable “Call Me” cards (the next item on my wish list), personalized address labels and iPhone cases.
(Krishna, if you’re reading this, I didn’t resort to making an unboxing video. I didn’t have the patience and was afraid that once it was posted, I’d be carted away by the men in white coats to a place where there was only scratchy lined A4 and leaky green biros…)