Full confession: I just started a bullet journal in January, so I’m still new to this incredibly flexible way to organize your life. But, as many “BuJo junkies” know, it’s a very addicting process. Once you start, you want to make collections for everything. So, if you’re planning a move in the near future, a moving collection is something you’ll definitely want to set up.
For those of you who are unaware of the bullet journal system, check out this website created by the authority on the subject, Ryder Carroll. In a nutshell, a bullet journal is using a blank journal or notebook to create daily, monthly and future task/goal lists to help organize your life. Similar to a planner, but customized to each person’s preferences. Collections are pages or spreads within a bullet journal devoted to a specific topic like a weekly meal plan, list of books you’d like to read, or, in this case, a big move.
Create a Master Collection
The first collection you’ll want to create is a master list of tasks that start with purchasing your moving supplies and end with unpacking in your new home. It may help to divide this list into sections that make sense to you. For example, you could make lists for moving prep, moving day and post move. Another idea is dividing the list chronologically, with tasks listed at various times prior, during and following your move. I’ve provided samples of what each of these bullet journal collections would look like below.
Create a Budget Collection
Creating a moving budget collection in your bullet journal will also help you plan your move and may come in handy when you deduct those moving expenses from your taxes. Bonus points for a clever tracking method! The beauty of a bullet journal is that it can be as simple or artistic as you want. So, feel free to doodle away on your bullet journal moving collections. It’s a great way to procrastinate from actually packing.
Map it Out!
If you’re planning a cross-country or long-distance move, a map collection will come in handy. You most likely won’t be using an actual map to move since most people just use a GPS, but having a map in your bullet journal can be a fun way to mark the distance traveled, planned (or unplanned) stops, and doodles or notes about the various sights you saw along the way. Just don’t BuJo and drive.
Last, but certainly not least, you’ll want to create a change-of-address collection in your bullet journal so that you don’t forget to notify anyone that you moved. (Even though you might wish your student loan lenders would “lose” your contact info.)
What moving collections would you add to your bullet journal? Let us know in the comments.