First of all, if you’re new to Bullet Journaling, you might want to start HERE.
So what are Collections?
They are lists, reminders, notes, doodles, schedules, or anything you want them to be! This is where the Bullet Journal becomes like your personal assistant…and you don’t even have to fork out any $$!
Before I started using my Bullet Journal, I had sticky notes and random lists all over the place. Now I put almost everything in my journal, in one place, so I can find it easily.
Below you’ll find some of the Collections I use and a brief explanation of each. Hopefully you’ll find them helpful and get some ideas for your Bullet Journal! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or have other great ideas you’d like to share with us! 🙂
books to read
Just a simple list. Obviously I’m not an avid reader…maybe some day! I actually have two pages to my reading list. In my Index I reference both pages so I can find them easily.
herbs & veggies to plant
For now I only grow herbs & veggies on my patio, but some day I’d like to have a small garden. I’d like to expand this list to include notes…like when to plant, how they did in pots, etc.
Since we’ve been minimizing more, I feel like I’m cleaning less. Oh, and having all three of our kids not currently living at home makes for less mess…if you know what I mean.
I keep my ribbon in this page because I reference it every day. It has really helped me to keep on top of cleaning. I’m definitely not perfect though.
things that make me happy
I found this layout on Pinterest and knew I wanted to add it to my Bullet Journal! Would you add the same things as me?
We had to put down our 14 1/2 year old lab, Chaya, earlier this year. My heart still feels sad and I miss her. She was a fabulous dog. If you’ve ever had to put down one of your beloved pets, you know the heartache. Journaling memories helps with healing, and is a great way to remember her.
Minimizing and simplifying seems to be gaining enormous popularity. I wrote about how Brent and I have been trying to simplify and minimize our lives HERE. It’s an ongoing process, but we’re totally in. The layout below helped me brainstorm ways to simplify our financial life.
research & lists
When I research a topic related to the Muddy Fox Farm, I record it in my Bullet Journal. Anything related to the Muddy Fox Farm is marked with the black striped Washi Tape to help me find it easily.
Things I’ve researched: raising goats, making money on a farm, homestead blogging, raising ducks, raising sheep, raising chickens, composting, trees & things to plant outside, guinea fowl, notes on building a small barn, and pros/cons to a particular property we are thinking about buying.
Part of the benefits of simplifying and minimizing is doing more of the things you love. While Brent and I aren’t world travelers, we do love to do things outside, see different things, and go to new places.
I started doing ‘Plan an Adventure’ pages in my Bullet Journal to help us plan small get-aways. I can’t wait to visit Gettysburg (see below). I can’t remember the last time I was there.
I did this 31 day minimalism challenge in May. I’ll probably do it again this winter.
Below I wrote out ways I can simplify our home in specific areas. When I complete a particular task, I put a simple check mark beside it. Looking at the list below, I see that I’ve forgotten to add a couple checks.
when we’re bored
Just in case we get bored (I can’t even remember the last time I said that word out loud!), I made a list of fun things we could do locally. I think the next time I write this list out, I’ll make boxes beside the list so that I can check off the things that we do.
I know a lot of people who have a Gratitude Journal (things that they are grateful for) or who journal a little about the things they do each day. I combined both of those things into my “collect moments not things” layout. Each day I either jot something down that I’m thankful for or write a little bit about my day…or both!
There’s not much space here to write, but that’s a good thing. I didn’t want to commit to something that took SO long to do, or that became a chore. The result is this layout, and so far I’ve really enjoyed it.
Hopefully you will be able to use some of these layouts in your Bullet Journal. However, don’t add something too complicated or something that ‘sucks the fun’ out of your journal!
Email me if you have any questions or other great ideas!!