Holiday Must Have: Chaos… Simplified Women’s Day Planner #Giveaway

I need to write things down or I forget them. This pertains to everything; appointments, my blog schedule, menu plans, phone numbers — everything. A few years ago, I found an amazing Women’s Planner from Chaos… Simplified, and I haven’t looked back, or at any other planners for that matter.

Chaos… Simplified is proudly owned by Alberta’s own Corri Bitner. This is the third year in a row that I have featured this item (I also reviewed the 2010 and 2011 planners) because, simply put, I love it and I know you will too.

I love the layout of these planners. The 2012 planner has the same layout as the 2011 planner does in reference to the half page section. Basically you can see the whole month at a glance in calendar form on the bottom half of the page and at the same time you can view each week at a time at the top. Those pages are cut and only take up the top half of the planner. So when a week ends, you just flip the top half-page over for the new week and your current month at a glance is still shown at the bottom.

I use this planner multiple times a day. In the calendar section at the bottom, I write down my blog schedule and my appointments. I write the posts I have planned and any companies I am working with so I always see what I have coming next and I am not caught off guard.

In the top section, I sit down on Thursday or Friday and plan out the week ahead. Being at home with our two girls, I plan things like outings, ballet class, play dates and our breakfast and lunches. This way I have a lot of preplanned ideas and I can move things around if needed. This has worked out a lot better for us than just getting up in the morning and going with the flow. I also write down our dinners for the week, then make up our whole grocery list from it. In the side section under ‘things to do’, I write down snack ideas so when I am tired and my daughter asks for a snack, I can look quickly to see what we have. There is also a section called ‘phone calls to make’. I jot down any numbers I need at night for the next day. It works better than trying to go online when you have to kids running around.

My planner sits open on our kitchen table, and I am always looking at it. It is also available for my husband to look at if he is wondering what is for dinner.

There is a section at the start of each month to outline any goals, make notes of any relevant or interesting family news, and a few other items to help put your thoughts down on paper. At the end of the month is a page for writing down financials. Paychecks, bills and expenses can all be written down here. Separating each month is a pocket divider made of a sturdy stock paper which is great for holding needed papers, bills or birthday cards.

Also included in the 2012 planner is the:

  • Birthdays / Anniversaries List – by month
  • 5-year Forecast – a spot to plan ahead. The next time you say “let’s do that next spring” you can actually write it down
  • Holiday Planning section – filled with checklists, budget, events and gift list.
  • Wish List – make notes about books you want to read, movies you want to see and more
  • Monthly Fixed and Variable Expenses breakdown
  • Important Numbers
  • Contacts – to list your most used addresses

Not only does this planner have everything you need to keep yourself organized, the book itself is so nicely put together and designed that it also acts as a great historical reference all wrapped up in a nicely bound book. Once you are finished, hold on to it for moments when you want to look back on the past. I would love to have gotten a peek at my mom’s old books from when I was young to see what we did in a week and what we ate, etc.

For keeping me organized around the holidays and ever other day of the year, Chaos… Simplified makes my eighth day of my 12 Days of Christmas list.

One lucky This Bird’s Day reader will win a Women’s Planner from Chaos Simplified (ARV $28.95).

To enter: Go to Chaos Simplified and look at their Women’s Planner. Check out the images and write up and then come back here and leave me a comment telling me what feature you like the best about the Women’s Planner. Please leave a way of contacting you should your comment be chosen. *You must do this for any additional entries to count.

After you have completed the first entry, you can enter an additional comment one time for each of the following:

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This contest is open to residents of Canada only and runs until 9pm MST on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Disclosure: I received a Women’s Planner from Chaos Simplified for free to complete my feature. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.

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  • edmontonjb Nov 19, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I like the whar’s cooking spot to plan your meals each day. It would be a great reminder and make it easy to plan ahead.

  • Chris Nov 16, 2011, 6:33 pm

    “Like” you on FB – Christine Witte

  • Chris Nov 16, 2011, 6:27 pm

    This looks like such an organized planner! Too many great features to pick just one! Thanks for this opportunity to win!

    I love the budgeting feature breaking down one’s expenses into several categories. Right now I just fill my daily expenses into a small monthly calendar (columns) in my planner. There’s no space to indicate what I bought, just room for the daily total. This planner would help me keep track of what I can save on a lot better, especially since I’m currently unemployed and getting a bit desperate financially.

    I do love the “what’s happening in my life” section too, summarizing important events of each month. This makes it easy at the end of a year to reflect on what I could improve on next year, as well as appreciate the good things that happened to me.

    I can imagine it being very helpful to have the day divided into 3 parts, giving it structure, something I need more of in my life!

    Also, I LOVE that a weeks and month can be viewed simultaneously – I’ve never seen a planner with this feature.

  • andalene Nov 15, 2011, 5:42 pm

    I like that there’s the ‘what’s cookin baby’ spot each day to plan your meals. I need that.

  • Tannis W Nov 15, 2011, 3:25 pm

    like this bird’s day on fb
    Tannis W

  • Tannis W Nov 15, 2011, 3:23 pm

    I like the blog post

  • Tannis W Nov 15, 2011, 3:23 pm

    like chaos simplified on fb as Tannis W

  • Tannis W Nov 15, 2011, 3:22 pm

    I like the “What’s cooking baby” spot to plan meals
    tannis_z at excite dot com

  • mona Nov 13, 2011, 4:53 pm

    I really like the expense sheet that’s included in this planner. It looks like a really great thought out planner!

  • Anne-Marie T Nov 11, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I liked your FB page (Anne-Marie Tvete)

  • Anne-Marie T Nov 11, 2011, 7:47 pm

    I like that you can view your entire month and week at the same time

  • Debbie W Nov 11, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I “liked” this post (Debbie Watson)

  • Debbie W Nov 11, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I like the “Goal setting” feature. It’s one thing to have the “to do” list, but goals. Perfect.

  • Diana Nov 10, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I love that I do not have to sacrifice either style or substance! I also love that it is coil bound.

  • Cindy Hildebrand Nov 10, 2011, 1:40 pm

    A daily scripture verse? Love it!!!!!!

  • itsmewhoelse Nov 9, 2011, 10:29 pm

    I liked this post
    itsme whoelse

  • itsmewhoelse Nov 9, 2011, 10:15 pm

    Its hard to pick just one thing I like about this planner.
    The dividers are handy and I like the half page format.

    • itsmewhoelse Nov 9, 2011, 10:27 pm

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  • Josee P Nov 9, 2011, 8:49 pm

    I like the fact that you can see the month and the current week together.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • liz w. Nov 9, 2011, 7:48 pm

    i like that the planner has an expense sheet. I prefer having order when it comes to expenses and like knowing where money is going etc etc.

    Very nice product by the way!

  • Christine Nov 9, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Liked on fb :)

  • Christine Nov 9, 2011, 7:40 pm

    I like the font used in this planner. My favorite section is the family page and the what’s on my mind section.

  • Luanne Taylor Nov 9, 2011, 5:39 pm

    I love love LOVE the calendar view. I have hunted high and low for something that will suit the way my brain works and this is IT! Brilliant!!

  • renee Nov 9, 2011, 4:47 pm

    I love!!! the what’s cookin baby’ spot each day to plan your meals
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

  • Candace Evanisky Nov 9, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I like the pocket dividers in between each month to hold your bills, notes etc

  • Rhona Nov 9, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I like the tips from Laura the Org. Junkie.

  • sweetgirl46165 Nov 9, 2011, 1:19 pm

    Love the whole thing! ♥ But I think my favorite part is the half page layout! I was just looking at planners for 2012 today, but haven’t purchased because I haven’t found one I like. I think this is it. Would love to win it!!

  • silvia Nov 9, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I like the half day format. Handy.

  • Shauna Nov 9, 2011, 11:22 am

    My favorite feature is the calendar. So easy to use and good size to fit more than one thing! But really it is amazing all around!

  • Athena Nov 9, 2011, 10:52 am

    like you on FB AthenaD

  • Athena Nov 9, 2011, 10:51 am

    I love the spot for goal setting

  • Michelle Barrett Nov 9, 2011, 9:48 am

    I lik the what cooking baby spot for meal planning since I currentlY use 2 calenders 1 for meals and the other for events and such.
    hmbarrett at

  • Michelle Barrett Nov 9, 2011, 9:44 am

    like chaos on fb
    hmbarrett at

  • Betty Nov 9, 2011, 9:31 am

    I like everything about this organizer, but I need the pocket dividers to hold bills and notes, I seem to have notes around that need to be kept that this is the place to keep them in.

  • Dana123 Nov 9, 2011, 8:12 am

    I like the fixed and variable expense breakdown column – always good to know where you spend your money.