Erin Condren Planner Review: A Year Later

While getting my business organized, I felt overwhelmed with all of the things I needed to do, while at the same time working and going to school full time. I had regular planners from the school bookstore, Google Calendar, phone apps- you name it, I tried it. I always went back to paper, but I never felt motivated to keep up with it.

Introducing the designer planner. I don't know what it is, but something about a designer planner keeps me going and organized. When my friend introduced me to the Erin Condren planner, I felt the heaven gates open. I'm obsessed with anything office supply related, and I had never seen a planner this in depth and organized. I was in love.

I read reviews for weeks before and while I was waiting for my Erin to ship (which, by the way, took an ungodly amount of time- nearly a month). All of these reviews were a first impression, but hardly any of them were from someone who stuck with it for a year. So that is what this review is about. I'll try to keep it short and simple- but this is image heavy.

I was beyond excited to get my Erin in the mail- the packaging way absolutely beautiful and it just added to the excitement. She puts a lot of work into the details.

I was beyond excited to get my Erin in the mail- the packaging way absolutely beautiful and it just added to the excitement. She puts a lot of work into the details.

Erin adds a ton of personalized extras. Gift tags, cards... unfortunately, these went to waste. I never used any of them... nor did I really want to because they weren't my style. Because they're personalized, I couldn't pass them off to anyone who could use them.

Erin adds a ton of personalized extras. Gift tags, cards... unfortunately, these went to waste. I never used any of them... nor did I really want to because they weren't my style. Because they're personalized, I couldn't pass them off to anyone who could use them.

The rest of this blog is about my planner a year later. I stopped using it in July of 2014.

My planner's cover (which now Erin makes removable- something I wasn't a fan of but admittedly haven't tried out). My original plan was to keep up with Erin's planners every year and do a collage of different Instagram pictures as life progressed. Now, I won't be doing that, as I felt like this cover didn't feel professional to carry around. However, Erin has a lot of more "professional" covers to use, if you carry yours around a lot in an office environment/you're a business owner. The gold editions are super cute- but a bit expensive.

My planner's cover (which now Erin makes removable- something I wasn't a fan of but admittedly haven't tried out). My original plan was to keep up with Erin's planners every year and do a collage of different Instagram pictures as life progressed. Now, I won't be doing that, as I felt like this cover didn't feel professional to carry around. However, Erin has a lot of more "professional" covers to use, if you carry yours around a lot in an office environment/you're a business owner. The gold editions are super cute- but a bit expensive.

All of my laminated cover edges ended up peeling by the end of the year. All of them. Which, my friend kept saying "contact them and they will help you"... but I didn't bother. They started peeling too early and I did handle my planner really rough... it was just going to happen again (stuffing it in my college bag, taking it everywhere at anytime). So perhaps it was my fault, but it did make my planner look bad.

All of my laminated cover edges ended up peeling by the end of the year. All of them. Which, my friend kept saying "contact them and they will help you"... but I didn't bother. They started peeling too early and I did handle my planner really rough... it was just going to happen again (stuffing it in my college bag, taking it everywhere at anytime). So perhaps it was my fault, but it did make my planner look bad.

One thing I absolutely LOVED about the Erin Condren is that metal ringed binding! It's amazing. It held up the whole year. It's extremely durable.

One thing I absolutely LOVED about the Erin Condren is that metal ringed binding! It's amazing. It held up the whole year. It's extremely durable.

At this point of my life I did a lot of color coding. I put a post it in the front for my key.

At this point of my life I did a lot of color coding. I put a post it in the front for my key.

The tabs held up really well, which is surprising because the laminated covers did not. Overall, I was impressed with the tabs and loved being able to flip to my monthly calendar quickly. I hate when planners have the detailed calendars in the front. As soon as you flip to the month, you get the detailed month calendar and then the weeks.

The tabs held up really well, which is surprising because the laminated covers did not. Overall, I was impressed with the tabs and loved being able to flip to my monthly calendar quickly. I hate when planners have the detailed calendars in the front. As soon as you flip to the month, you get the detailed month calendar and then the weeks.

I definitely used my planner to its full potential. I used circle stickers, washi tape, and the stickers that Erin included in her planners. I still have a ton of these stickers left over, that I didn't get to use. If I got another Erin Condren, I don't even think I would bother reusing them because you get so many every year. But overall, I loved the stickers.

I definitely used my planner to its full potential. I used circle stickers, washi tape, and the stickers that Erin included in her planners. I still have a ton of these stickers left over, that I didn't get to use. If I got another Erin Condren, I don't even think I would bother reusing them because you get so many every year. But overall, I loved the stickers.

The weekly page was great. My schedule honestly didn't merit having a "morning day night" section... but it did work for separating my work and business life. I started to use these sections as work, to-do for the day, and business as the year progressed. I would have liked these to be customizable for that reason, but it works for a lot of people.

The weekly page was great. My schedule honestly didn't merit having a "morning day night" section... but it did work for separating my work and business life. I started to use these sections as work, to-do for the day, and business as the year progressed. I would have liked these to be customizable for that reason, but it works for a lot of people.

I love having a ruler! I wish my current planner had a nice ruler. The perforations surprisingly held up very well for the whole year.

I love having a ruler! I wish my current planner had a nice ruler. The perforations surprisingly held up very well for the whole year.

My folder and pouch in the back got a bit rough and beat up. I used the pouch A LOT- but I found that it mostly just promoted my paper hoarding and I tried to stuff too much in there. The hefty zip lock bag for your accessories held up okay- it did tear a little on the sides but it was still usable. Like I said before- I had a TON of stickers left over! It's worth noting that the new planners have restickable stickers, kind of like post-its.

My folder and pouch in the back got a bit rough and beat up. I used the pouch A LOT- but I found that it mostly just promoted my paper hoarding and I tried to stuff too much in there. The hefty zip lock bag for your accessories held up okay- it did tear a little on the sides but it was still usable. Like I said before- I had a TON of stickers left over! It's worth noting that the new planners have restickable stickers, kind of like post-its.

Overall, my experience with the Erin Condren planner was positive. This baby truly helped me get through college. I went one year without it, and one year with it- I found myself more organized and less stressed about what I had to do for the week. It helped me in that regard. However, I did not purchase the Erin Condren for the 2014-2015 year. I remember one day looking at my Erin and thinking what it looked like laying on my desk. I said to my husband, "I don't know if I want another one this year, I feel like it doesn't look professional but I just don't know..." and he said "it doesn't." Oh. Then I read about her new planners, and I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting the most "exciting" feature to be the removable covers. Alas, I decided to purchase a different designer planner, which I will review at a later date.

If it suits your business or not, really depends on the type of business you have and how much you have to do on a daily basis for it... and if it fits your brand, if you will have it with you a lot. I think that some moms whose younger children are involved in extra curricular activities, will prefer a more customizable choice like Plum Paper. As far as a colorful planner goes, I prefer and considered (but ultimately didn't purchase) the Emily Ley Simplified Planner- which is super cute and very professional looking. There is something about a laminated cover that has a lot to be desired. The Erin Condren is AWESOME for college students based off personal experience, and busy women that need to keep everything in check on the daily... and of course for people who need a great planner who love Erin's style!