Starting a Bullet Journal on a Budget

A bullet journal is a way to artistically plan and organize. No matter what your artistic ability is, bullet journals can be conquered easily. So, here are my top tips for starting your own!

A bullet journal (or Bujo) is a way to artistically plan and organize. They are 100% customizable, and you can never really make a mistake. No matter what your artistic ability is, bullet journals can be conquered easily. I have been bullet journaling for quite a while and I absolutely love it. So, here are my top tips for starting your own!

Planning doesn’t always come naturally and it can be challenging to find a method that works for you. I guarantee that bullet journaling is incredibly helpful. Let’s get to it!

1. Invest in a Bullet Journal

Obviously, this is the place to start. You can’t start a bullet journal without the notebook! For a bullet journal, you need a dot grid notebook. These aren’t pricey at all, and can be found easily on Amazon! You can pick your color and even decorate with stickers! (you can find stickers from my Etsy shop right here) Below are a few links to my favorite bullet journals. It might help you to choose a bullet journal kit, as it saves a bit of money.

Artfan Bullet Journal

Poluma Bullet Journal

Scrivwell Bullet Journal

2. Plan your Monthly Theme

Your bullet journal can either match completely, or match month by month. You can buy bullet journal brush pens here. I recommend these dual tip pens because you have the option between a brush, (which looks lovely) or fine tip pens, which are good for detail. You can also use washable markers, but you run the risk of ink bleeding through the page, even if the paper is thick.

3. Create an Aesthetic Key

A bullet journal key explains the meaning of each color and symbol that you will use when journaling. For example, a star might mean that you have an appointment, whereas a dash might mean that something was cancelled. It’s entirely up to you to decide what each symbol means

Bonus 1:

As I’ve mentioned previously, you can personalize the outside of your bullet journal with stickers and decals. You can find the stickers that I’ve listed on the Etsy shop here.

Bonus 2:

Consider purchasing planner stickers or stencils. This can help make your bullet journal more aesthetic, and it can have some organization benefits as well. You can find a like to some of my favorites here.

You’re all set! Now you can plan and organize. For similar tips, you can check out my post on “How to Organize as a Student”. Happy Journaling!

Keep Smiling,

Organization Hacks

Let’s be honest. It’s super hard to keep your room/home clean 100% of the time, right? This post was created to give you my top tips on organization so your room (or house) can be as tidy as possible.

Let’s be honest. It’s super hard to keep your room/home clean 100% of the time, right? Believe me, I know. Pretty much everything that comes into my room stays there FOREVER, and random trinkets show up on my shelves unexpectedly. Recently, I’ve been struggling to keep everything in my space stay clean. Can you relate? I created this post to give you my top tips on organization so your room (or house) can be as tidy as possible.

My room is almost always a complete train wreck. Whenever I do homework in my room, papers and textbooks are strewn across the floor along with clothes that I need to put away. Let me tell you, I’m a total clean freak, and I hate when it looks like that! Since you’re here, I’m assuming you do as well. I mean, you can’t work when it looks like a tornado went through! So, without further ado, here are my top tips for organizing your room.

Closets:

1. Shoe racks & bins

Adding a shoe rack to set shoes on saves sooooo much closet space. I don’t have a shoe, rack (I wish I did), but I do have shoe bins. They aren’t as pretty or put together because I’ve had to stack shoes, but it is good for organization. I have my shoes separated by type. For example, I have sandals in one bin, athletic shoes in another, a dress shoe bin, and a miscellaneous bin. I have them set aside to one side of my closet floor so that I have room for my hamper, which brings me to my next tip.

2. Closet hamper

Adding a small hamper to your closet can reduce clutter in the open space of your room. They’re super cheap, too. I got mine from Target for about $15, and you can buy them on Amazon as well. My hamper is a small cubic hamper, and is woven in grey and white plastic. At first, I didn’t think that it would fit as many clothes as it did, but the storage with Target hampers is incredible. I’m not sponsored by target, I promise ;). If you purchase a pretty one, it can dull down a lot of color, or make your closet brighter. And like I said before, it’s a great way to declutter your outer room space.

Room Space:

Bed Storage:

If you don’t have a trundle under your bed, the empty space can be a wonderful asset to organizing your room. Around your house, you can find matching baskets or even use shoe boxes to keep your belongings in. I keep books, shoes and blankets in the baskets under my bed. If you don’t have baskets or pretty boxes inside your house, you can find some at Target for under $15.

*TIP* Find baskets that match your room theme and fill up space under your bed. This will make your room look cozier.

Hooks:

Hooks are AMAZING when it comes to making your room look great. They don’t have to be boring, either. I have two gorgeous hooks in my room; one is for my backpack and the other is for my jewelry rack. I absolutely love them. They aren’t your standard plastic hooks, either. They are fairly heavy duty and are made of wrought iron. You can get them in different shapes, too. Mine are music notes. If you hide a hook behind your door for a wallet, purse or bathrobe, it is easily concealable. You can have it out in the open as well. These are easily found on Amazon and in Target for an incredibly affordable price.

LED Photo Strand:

This is one of my all time faves. Not only does it declutter space in my room, but it is super gorgeous as well. In fact, they are so pretty that you can find them in my post on “Items to Add to Your Room to Make it More Relaxing.” You don’t have to worry about taking up space with picture frames and you can hang so many pictures on one strand. These also look amazing when they are layered. I recommend a warm colored light in a strand as opposed to a cool light because a warm light adds a cute glow to your room – especially at night. These are found pretty much everywhere (Target, Amazon, Michaels, etc) for under $15.