If you know me at all, you know that I’m literally nuts when it comes to planners. I started using planners in elementary school (third grade maybe?) to help keep my schedule and school assignments organized, and as I got older and busier, they only became all the more essential and I became pickier. My planner had to be sturdy. Aesthetically pleasing. The layout had to be just right – week views with each day having enough blank lines, maybe a monthly calendar too to fill in the big picture stuff. The pages had to be thick enough to not have pen show through. It had to be lightweight and not too bulky. And I had to like the font used throughout. Yeah. Nuts.

But if you’re anything like me, you know what it’s like to spend way too much time searching for the one each year. Here’s a shortcut list of the best for this season, and possibly for longer.

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Coach Legacy Leather Agenda
I know that this one’s a huge splurge, but it’s so classic and just so perfect that I think it’s worth it. I currently have it in cobalt (a more timeless color than carnelian or fuchsia) and plan on using it for years and years to come. If you want to make a classy investment… really, I’ve never been happier or so in love with an inanimate object. ($198)

Kate Spade New York 17-Month Agenda
I don’t actually own any Kate Spade, but I LOVE the brand! A great balance between chic and practical and fun. This planner is much more affordable, but you’ll still feel classy. Lots of space for writing and filling it in as you please. ($36)

Moleskine Weekly Diaries/Planners
It took me a couple of years to understand why Moleskine was so popular, but I recently got my first product – a yellow thick-cover notebook – and now I totally get the hype. These notebooks really are high-quality and durable, and the Moleskine weekly agenda is sleek and simple and can definitely handle tumbling around in a bookbag. ($16)

Lilly Pulitzer 2014 Luxe Agenda
With super cute patterns and luxe details, the Lilly Pulitzer planners are for the seriously girly girls. I love love love these planners for the extra design details on each page and the colored monthly tabs. ($40)

Mead Solid Poly Planner (from Target)
Target is one of my favorite places ever, and I bought my planners there for probably five or so years. I loved the inexpensive Mead planners (slight variations every year, but mostly the same) for their colors, durability, size, and the layout of the inside pages. Another planner that met all my planner requirements again and again. ($10)

Sarah Pinto Weekly Planner
A great basic planner for school. With the bonus of having super cute prints! ($20)

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EXTRA!

Pretty planners call for pretty colored pens to help keep them organized, and finding the right pens can also be hard. Goodness knows how many different kinds of pens I’ve tried (hint: a LOT). My favorite? Papermate Flair felt-tip pens, in medium point. I have the 12-pack. They are the best, ever.

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