In conversation with Organized Jen

Organised Jen

In preparation for a new year, we chatted with the lovely Organized Jen about all things organisation, stationery and, of course, Planners.

1. We know Planner use is such a personal thing, but we love seeing how different customers personalise theirs. How would you describe your personal customising style?

While I admire the creativity in using washi, stickers, stamps, and drawings that I see others in the planner community execute so well, I generally take a fairly streamlined approach to personalizing my planner. I like using different pens to color code both my personal calendar and posting schedule. I’m also very fond of sticky notes for larger to-do lists or extra tasks. I have recently started incorporating bullet journal style lists into my to-dos, as well. I like my planner to be colorful, but also uncluttered and easy to follow.

2. Planners can be used for so much more than keeping tabs on your appointments – what are your favourite sections and/or uses of a Planner?

I like using my planner for goal setting and project brainstorming. Having these notes right by my schedule helps me remember to incorporate them into my planning process.

3. If you were to give someone 5 top tips or tricks for using a Planner to its best potential, what would they be?

• Experiment with different kinds of calendar layouts to see what works best for you. There are monthly, weekly, and daily spreads available across many different planner insert providers. Taking some time to try out each kind if you are unsure will help you figure out the best layout for you. For some people, that might mean using more than one type of layout.

• Watch videos and/or read blogs from others in the Planner Community for inspiration. There are so many talented and creative people sharing on the internet. Learning from others can help you discover your own preferences.

• Don’t be discouraged if you find that you aren’t getting into a routine with your planner. If this is the case, it probably means that the system you are currently using is not working for you and you should try a different approach. You’ll know that something is working when you naturally want to use it.

• Consider what sections other than calendars are important for you to have in your planner. Have an address section but never use it? If it’s taking up valuable real estate in your planner and not serving a useful purpose for you, it’s ok to take it out. Just because a section came with your planner doesn’t mean you have to use it.

• Your planner does not even have to include a traditional calendar if that doesn’t suit your needs. Some people use their planners very effectively as creative outlets, journals or records of special events or everyday occurrences, list makers, project planners, etc. The sky is the limit! If you let your planner be whatever you truly want it to be for you, it can become a treasure and a joy to keep.

4. What made you happy today?

Spending time in the sunshine with my loved ones.

5. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Ice cream! I love it even though it does not love me.

6. What inspires you?

In terms of planners, I find so much inspiration by following other Planner Enthusiasts on Instagram. People can be so creative! In general, kindness, optimism, and the beauty of the natural world inspire me. Also, I am a firm believer in the “it’s the little things” way of thinking. There is so much joy to be found in small moments.

7. Finally, (apart from your Planners) what’s a stationery item you couldn’t live without?

I absolutely love my journals and couldn’t imagine navigating through the ups and downs of life without putting pen to paper in this way. While my planner helps me to feel like I am on top of things and using my time well, my journals help me express myself and discover more about who I am and my place in the world around me.

Visit Organized Jen’s website here and shop kikki.K Planners here.

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Embrace Swedish ‘fika’ with this stylish Homewares Tea Set

Swedish fika

In Sweden, we love to enjoy ‘Fika’ – which, in Swedish, means ‘coffee break’ and is always accompanied by a sweet treat. Inspired by this beautiful tradition, our new Homewares Collection includes all the stylish elements to ensure you enjoy the perfect mid-morning tea or coffee in style.

Be inspired to live bright with the unique porcelain Cup with geometric saucer and team this with the porcelain Tea Pot and Milk Jug. Set them all together on the stylish Wooden Tray and invite loved ones to enjoy this daily ritual in style.

Shop our Homewares Collection online here.

Our 2015 Diaries and Calendars

2015 Diaries and Calendars

Whether you’re looking ahead at a new year in your professional, student or family life, embrace 2015 and live it, love it with our inspiring collection of 2015 Diaries and Calendars. 

With so many unique designs to choose from, there’s sure to be a Diary to reflect your personality and keep you organised in style every day of the year.

Choose from a fresh new bonded-leather diary in lilac, gold, black or teal complete with gold foil detailing, or keep things cute with our iconic Cute Diary. Our 2015 Sweet Diary is sure to sweeten your days or look to a Personal Planner to keep everything organised in one spot and customised to your liking.

Whatever your style, whatever you choose, let it be your organised everyday companion and be inspired to live and love your 2015. Choose yours today and shop our 2015 Diaries and Calendars online here.

Our Travel Competition Winners

Travel competition winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Adventure Awaits competition, celebrating the arrival of our new Travel Collection.

We asked you to share with us a snap of your carry-on essentials and let us know where you’re dreaming of travelling to next. The countless entries were so inspiring, and left us all eager to plan our next adventures too!

The five entries which stood out to us the most were those of @beebees80, @austrahlee, @msriiley, @avelinegunawan and @pastrieux who will all be receiving a gorgeous prize pack with goodies from our new Adventure Awaits Collection – perfect to help you plan, travel and capture memories in style.

Check out the inspiring winning entries below, follow us on Instagram or shop our Travel Collection now.

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