Welcome to Week 5: Environmental Care of the Bullet Journal Challenge series! In case you missed it, the #BulletJournalChallenge announced on www.bulletjournal.com is the perfect way to find inspiration for all the ways you can use a bujo for self-care. The details of the challenge are here. My post about Week 4, emotional care, can be found here.
This week’s topic is environmental care, which includes:
- Embracing nature
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Below are seven ways you can use your bujo for taking care of your environmental care needs.
1. Cleaning Schedules
There are a few ways you could use your bullet journal to keep your cleaning routine. You could make a separate page to refer to your master cleaning schedule for weekly and monthly tasks. I find it helpful to have my daily cleaning tasks as a part of my to-do list in my bujo, mixed in with my other action items for the day. Alternatively, in your weekly spread, you could make a checklist of all the cleaning tasks you want to accomplish that week and check off each item as you complete them. I personally can’t make my cleaning routines a floating list because I know if I don’t schedule my tasks for a certain day, I won’t get it done.
To simplify my cleaning routine, I follow Clean Mama‘s routine. As a blogger, writer, and mother, I don’t have a lot of time to devote to cleaning my house, so her easy-to-follow schedule helps me stay on track even on my busy days. I won’t go into her whole system because she does an amazing job of explaining it here.
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2. Decluttering Challenges
If you’re participating in an online decluttering challenge or you’re inspired by Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, you could make a habit tracker specifically for completing the challenge. This would work for either its own separate layout and page or within your daily and weekly pages.
3. Home Projects/Spring Cleaning
If your home is about to undergo major renovations or you want to do a deep spring cleaning, you could make a separate layout to keep track of the projects you want to complete. If you’re feeling creative, you could draw the outline of a house and write in the tasks specific to each room.
My husband and I are looking to move in the near future, so I will be creating a layout based off of all of our to-do lists for getting our current house ready to list and our requirements for our new home. Stay tuned for updates to this post for pictures of the layout!
5. Observations from Walks
If you want to incorporate mindfulness with a healthy habit, recording your observations from going on walks is a great practice, whether you go walking alone in trails or in a more urban environment downtown. You could journal conversations you overheard, animals you spotted, or unusual plants you saw while out. If you’re unafraid of getting your bullet journal messy, you could keep pressed flowers or dried leaves from your walks taped to your pages.
6. Ideas for Beautifying Your Neighborhood
You could create a page for brainstorming ideas about volunteer opportunities, charities, or small acts you could do to help make your neighborhood a better place. You could break down the ideas by time commitment, from simple ideas such as bringing a trash bag with you on your next walk or visit the park to pick up litter to bigger projects, such as volunteering for cleaning up along the highway or a community volunteer day event.
7. Waste Reduction Ideas
If you’re looking to reduce the amount of waste you produce, you could devote a page about your goals. Break down your goal, whether it’s zero waste or simply wanting to produce less trash per week, into actionable steps. Start small, and give yourself time to reach your goals. You could use a habit tracker to keep yourself accountable while you work towards your end goal.
The Bullet Journal Challenge Series
If you’re interested in participating in the challenge, I’ve listed each week’s topic here:
- Week 1: Personal Care
- Week 2: Physical Care
- Week 3: Psychological Care
- Week 4: Emotional Care
- Week 5: Environmental Care
- Week 6: Social Care
- Week 7: Professional Care
- Week 8: Reflection
If you’re on Instagram, make sure you follow the hashtag #BulletJournalChallenge for inspiration! Also, if you’re reading this long after the challenge is over, I encourage you to do the challenge anyway. Self-care is so important to your overall well-being, and it’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself.