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15 Ideas For Using Blank Space In Your Planner

By Katie Poppe on May 04, 2016

What is your planning style? Do you like to use lots of stickers and washi? Or are you happy with just a pen or two? Browsing through all the wonderful planner community photos on Instagram, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with the idea that every space needs to be filled in.

As an organizer that loves to help busy moms feel productive and less busy, I want to challenge the idea that every square inch of your planner needs to be filled.

I know, I know, you love to fill it in. And maybe you really are busy enough that you need to fill in all those lines and boxes. That is why you use a planner after all!

What I really want to challenge is adding things to your schedule for the sole purpose of filling up blank space. Savor those days when you’re not so busy!

Here are some ideas on how to fill in that white space in your planner that don’t include adding to your already busy schedule:


  1. Doodle a picture
  2. Practice lettering
  3. Write your favorite bible verse
  4. Make a list of books you’d like to read
  5. Fill in a meaningful quote
  6. Decorate with non-functional stickers
  7. Write a short poem or haiku
  8. Paste in a photo
  9. Record a memory from the day
  10. Color in a design
  11. Write out that funny thing your kid said
  12. Fill in something you’re grateful for
  13. Make a wish list
  14. Record that crazy dream you had last night
  15. Write lyrics to your favorite song

I mostly leave my empty boxes blank. Sometimes I use a sticker. I’m obsessed with cute emoji stickers, so I can usually fill in a space or two if I think it’s looking a little too sparse. I’ve also been loving all the fun and inspiring quotes people post on Instagram, and sometimes I practice my lettering with those quotes.

Do you mind having blank space in your planner? What is your favorite way to fill in those empty boxes?

This post was written by Kristan Kremer for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Kristan visit her on Instagram @pinkrosecompany. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

Entering Sticker Heaven: A Guide for The Newly Sticker-Obsessed

By Katie Poppe on April 27, 2016

Planners make life manageable and planner accessories make the planning arena so much more fun. Stickers have become my newest obsession, but in the beginning, it was all a bit overwhelming. There are so many pretty ones to choose from, but the important thing is to figure out what will work for you. When you are on a budget it can be disheartening having purchased items that do not work out.

In this guide, I offer quick points on the types of stickers and how they can be used. If you are new to the sticker world, this might help you figure out which types of stickers to purchase. If you have already purchased stickers, you might get ideas on new ways to use them.

Functional Icons

Functional icon stickers are my favorite. They add a decorative element to the weekly pages without requiring too much pre-planning. If you are interested in making your first sticker purchase, I recommend starting with these types of stickers. With functional icons, you can mark laundry day with a sticker of a washing machine, study time with a sticker of a stack of books, and leisure time with a sticker of a television. There are sheets dedicated to chores, fitness, academia, and leisure time, which are extremely helpful for day-to-day activities.

Some variety sheets may not be practical for you and that is okay. You might need more of a specific sticker or there may be a sticker in the sheet that doesn’t apply to your life. In these situations, I recommend purchasing sheets that contain one icon in multiple colors. This way you have enough of that specific sticker and you can coordinate it to that week’s layout, and you won’t have unfeasible ones leftover.

Alert Stickers: Page Flags, Teardrops, and Arrows 

Page flag, teardrop and arrow stickers are another favorite sticker type, which I consider “alert” stickers. I love using these types of stickers to draw my attention to important tasks. Page flags and teardrops work almost like icon stickers. You can use these stickers to mark appointments or reminders for “must do today” types of activities. Arrow stickers are long enough that you can write information directly on them. They are decorative and functional at the same time. I use these arrow stickers to mark important events for the day and place them at the top, or if you have an hourly planner, at the time the event or task needs to be taken care of. Limelife Planners has many of these types of stickers to choose from.

Weekly/Monthly Kits

Weekly/Monthly kits can work beautifully if you love the “No-White Space” planning style. You can have all your decorative and functional icons stickers in one set that is gorgeously coordinated. If you find kits difficult to incorporate into your planner because you have stickers leftover that don’t apply to your life, consider buying sheets of half-box stickers or sheets with just checklists, page flags and boxes. There are many shops out there that sell kits designed specifically for certain planners, even your Limelife planner.


At the end of the day, you don’t have to pick just one sticker type to use in your planner. I find that combining all three-sticker types helps make the process easier for me and I end up loving the final product. Get started on the sticker obsession by checking out the NEW Limelife Planners stickers and Welcome to Sticker Heaven.  

This post was written by Sadia Chowdhury for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Sadia visit her on Instagram @sadias_ruminations. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.