How to Create A Cleaning Schedule in A Bullet Journal

Cleaning schedule bullet journal spread

Hi everyone!  I’m Salena from @salenasbujo and I’m here to share a fun bullet journal cleaning spread tutorial to help you keep a clean and tidy home!  I love using my bullet journal to keep myself organized, and this spread is the perfect way to keep track of your daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal tasks.

Materials and Supplies Needed

Step 1: Sketch Out Your Spread and Choose a Color Scheme

Using a STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil, sketch out the general layout of your cleaning spread. I chose to break my spread into four sections for daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning tasks. I knew I needed the largest space for my weekly checklist, and not as much room for monthly tasks, so I sized my boxes accordingly. I always recommend customizing this to suit your needs.

Finish off your sketch with a few doodles or a quote to fill up any empty spaces and balance out the spread. This is a great way to give your spread some extra color and personality.

Mildliner Brush Pens with a bullet journal

Pick out some of your favorite Mildliner Brush Pens for color accents.  I chose green, vermilion, magenta, smoke blue, and gold for this project because I thought they were perfect for spring. These are my absolute favorite brush pens because of their medium sized tip that bounces back easily as you write. This gives you plenty of control for hand lettering, coloring, or highlighting throughout your spread.

Calligraphy titles in a bullet journal

Step 2: Add Your Titles and Doodles

I always like to start inking my spreads with the titles for each section. I chose to letter my spread title using my gold Mildliner Brush Pen, and then used the rest of my chosen colors to mark each cleaning category. I added labels for each section using my Zensations Brush Pen in Super Fine over the top. This brush pen has a small flexible tip that is very easy to control for smaller lettering. 

Colored doodles in a bullet journal

Next, add color to your doodles with your Mildliner Brush Pens. These pens are double ended, so I like to fill in color with the flexible brush tip and use the bullet tip for finer details. 

Zensations Technical Pens and a bullet journal

Step 3: Outlines 

Next, grab a few Zensations Technical Drawing Pens for outlining your boxes and doodles. I love that these pens come in different sizes for different aspects of your projects. I chose to use the 0.4mm size to outline the boxes and doodles for my spread.

Cleaning schedule in a bullet journal

If you are like me and struggle to keep your lines neat, try double outlining. I love to go over outlines twice to give my doodles a perfectly imperfect appearance. Fill in any empty spaces in your spread with some doodles of soap bubbles until your spread seems well-balanced.

Cleaning tasks in a bullet journal

Step 4: Fill in Your Task Lists

Use the smallest 0.1mm Zensations Technical Drawing Pen to start listing out your cleaning tasks into each category. I kept my daily checklist simple with things like a 5-minute quick tidy and making my bed. For the weekly tasks, I decided to break the week up by room. This gives me the option of completing one room per day, but also helps me better visualize what needs to get done. 

For seasonal tasks, I listed some things that need to be done much less frequently. This could be activities like purging clothes from your closet or sweeping under furniture.

Cleaning schedule in a bullet journal

Step 5: Add Shadows and Highlights

Finally, add some shadows and highlights with a gray Mildliner Brush Pen. I love this color for a subtle shadow to make important parts of your spread stand out. I usually imagine that a light source is coming from the upper left side of my page, creating shadows in the opposite direction. I added shadows on the right-hand side and bottom of my boxes and letters to make them pop.

Cleaning schedule bullet journal spread

You’re Finished!

That’s it!  Now you’re ready to tackle your spring cleaning goals! I hope I have inspired you to try a new spread in your journal. For more bullet journaling inspiration, check out How to Create a Mind Map and Brain Dump in Your Bullet Journal.