I use bullet journaling to keep a lot of things in our lives organized – food, fitness, and not too surprisingly, our seemingly never ending house projects! The organization style makes it really easy to collect ideas and inspiration together with to-do lists, and also helps me keep track of paint samples, brochures, business cards, and everything else we need for reference when planning out the next stage of our house evolution.
This is less a tutorial and more a tour of our House Book. Hopefully it inspires you to figure out new organization systems for your project list!
Using a Large Scale Folio.
The House Book from the start leant itself better to a full sized notebook rather than the pocket notebooks I use for my other planners and organizers. I needed a binder big enough to hold full size sketches with legible room dimensions, where I could also tuck away brochures and flyers. I started with a large notebook, and then my awesome sister-in-law gave me the perfect Ban.dō folio to house it.
I can tuck my whole notebook and sketchpad right into the folio. I use the front pockets to hold paint samples, pens, and business cards from vendors we’re working with or whom I want to contact. Quick tip on business cards – when you get new cards, take a moment to jot a note about the services offered that you’re interested in or where you met them. Something as simple as “Home Show – kitchen estimate” can save you a lot of head scratching in the future!
As with any bullet journal, start with your index. Plan out how you’re going to organize your book based on what makes sense for you. I set aside a section in ours for each room with the idea that each section would hold a sketch with dimensions, a task list, and room for jotting down materials.
Here’s what a task list with a room dimension sketch looks like in our book.
As we start figuring out more details on the projects and materials or resources to use, I generally jot them down with the to-do list item they go with. I keep an extra couple of sheets open to fit more references, though.
But sometimes, this just isn’t enough room for plans!
Expanding the Details.
As a project gets a design and moves closer to becoming a reality, I normally end up with detailed sketch sheets, material lists, and other things that just don’t fit in the space I set aside. Well, a little rudimentary arts and crafts, and that’s all fixed. Here’s one example…
And its continuation…
I end up stapling a lot of different sheets together with those plans and materials lists sketched out on them. The one above is for our entryway. In the couple of photos above, you can see the start of our entryway bench.
As things get completed, we check the block, or if we change our minds, we cross them off the list and note what we’re doing instead. I like having the record of how our plans have evolved, and try to keep track of what didn’t work and why we decided to not do that particular project.
So that’s pretty much how projects evolve around here! Not everything starts with a perfect plan and certainly not everything goes according to plan, but this, for us, has been a great way to plan out what we want to do, budget for time and materials, and keep track of ideas and inspiration!
How do you guys keep track of your projects?