Bess’s Houseplant Care Planner Plan-with-Me

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Bess ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Bess’s planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Fresh Green.  The primary color used for Bess’s notebook is green and the theme is houseplant care. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, index, future log, watering pixel tracker, fertilization pixel tracker, hello monthly pages, monthly calendar, monthly mood tracker, monthly plant care habit tracker, weekly rows, plant care chart, and plant doodle guide. Here you can read more about Bess’s planner. 

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Bess’s custom planner.

Custom Title Page

This title page is custom based on my 2017 bullet journal cover page. The center of this design is the brown header. For the header, “Bess” is in a brown brush lettered font. Underneath is “2019 – 2020 houseplant planner” in print font. Last, above the header, are a hanging plant and two potted plants on either side. The doodles are in watercolor with some ink.

Index

This index layout design comes with the notebook. I decided to fill it out using all-caps print fonts.

Future Log

This layout features two columns per page; each column features a month from that year. The header is a minimal cursive.

Plant Care Pixel Trackers

Similar to a pixel mood tracker, I included two houseplant related pixel trackers in Bess’s notebook. The first tracker is for water with a blue brush lettered heading and the second is for fertilizing with a green brush lettered header. The rest of these pages is a grid involving a square for each day of the year. Down the right side is a key indicating how to fill in the square for each day. The key for the water tracker includes checked, watered, partial, and not watered. Finally, the key for the fertilization tracker includes checked, fertilized, partial, and not fertilized.

Watercolor Houseplants Hello Monthly

Each month features a watercolor hello monthly page, each with a different houseplant. Here is a list of the plants featured each month.

  • July: Snake plant
  • August: Dieffenbachia or dumb cane
  • September: Spider plant
  • October: Cacti
  • November: Generic Tropical plant
  • December: Generic hanging vine plant
  • January: Palm tree
  • February: Hanging hoya
  • March: Generic small plants and Succulents
  • April: Similar to a false aralia
  • May: Bonsai
  • June: Cactus

Monthly Calendar

The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The headers for the days of the week are in green print letters. Then the right side features a calligraphy cursive font header and two sections below. Finally, the section titles are in a minimal cursive reading “to-do” and “goals.” 

Monthly Mood Tracker

The mood trackers are different each month. The most apparent difference is the theme or picture chosen. These images mimic the plant theme used in the hello pages. The images are broken into enough parts so that there is a part for each day of the month. Then, each day, the image parts get filled in. Each mood is assigned to a specific color, design, or shade of a color. Next, Bess can color in each part according to her mood or moods for that day.

Monthly Plant Care Habit Tracker

Like the mood tracker, the habit tracker is a grid for each month with a square for each day of that month. Instead of each column representing a month, it represents a habit. The header is a green calligraphy font and black print font. The key includes watered, not watered, checked, fertilized, re-potted, and cleaned.

Weekly Columns

This page features seven columns for seven days of the week. Next to the rightmost column is a houseplant or green washi tape. Further, the washi tape is different for each month. The main titling is in a black print font. Then, the weekday titling is just the first letter in green brush lettering. Finally, each letter has a subscript for the date. 

Plant Care Chart

The care chart is a simple grid. The far left column is the key, then there are 5 columns to the right. Rows included are plant doodle, nickname, name, light, water, fertilize, temperature, humidity, soil, pruning, propagation, and poison level. This layout is meant to help Bess properly care for her plants. I included several chart pages.

Plant Doodle Guide

Bess requested some doodle guides related to houseplants. So, I included two pages of doodle guides including 8 different houseplant doodles.

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Green Houseplant August Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me

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It’s a new month which means it is time for a new plan-with-me. This month’s spread is green and houseplant themed. Interested in learning more? Then, keep on reading!

The Green Houseplant Theme Process

For August, I decided to use green as my main theme. However, I did not want to use acrylic paint again. So, I browsed my ink collection thinking that I could use mosaic stamps. This idea was another flop as I don’t have a green ink like I thought I did. I knew I wanted to use houseplant washi tape and needed some more, so, about halfway through July, I ordered some houseplant tape through Amazon AND Etsy hoping that one of them would come in time though neither had tracking information.

I finally settled on using watercolor and began mixing a green color that I felt would match the tapes I had ordered. I painted up the pages well in advance but the washi tape was not coming in time. The first week and a half of August I did not have completed layouts, I took pictures before the washi tape came in, then you can view the layouts once I completed them with the washi tape. You can also check this out in the video flip-through embedded above.

Before Adding Washi Tape

After Adding Washi Tape

The Layout Descriptions

Per usual, my August spread includes a hello page and then weekly planning pages. First, the hello page is painted almost entirely in green watercolor paint. There is a strip across the upper-middle of the page that is not painted over. This unpainted section is bordered with houseplant washi tape. Finally, in a minimal black script, “August” is across the center.

Next, the weekly layouts follow a general design. I painted the space of this layout in the same green watercolor as the hello page. Then on the bottom edge of the page is more green houseplant washi tape. Each page features a different washi tape. Next, I outlined the seven columns found in the center of the two pages in black ink.

Additionally, the header is in a black minimal script font on the left page. Then, on the right page is the week number, again, in black. Lastly, the letter and number indicating the day and date are in black at the top of the day’s column.

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Improve Your Well-Being With These 4 Home Hacks

Our home is a place that is always there. We come back to it at the end of each day, and we spend years raising our children in it. But, it is quite often a place we take for granted, and we shouldn’t. You might not be aware of it, but your home can actually have a huge bearing on your health and well-being, and this is why it is so important to look after it and care for it.

In fact, the condition of your home can do a lot to impact on your physical and mental health, your confidence, and your drive and determination. There are so many things you need to consider at home, and self-care is one of the big ones. Turning your home into a place that promotes self-relaxation and self-improvement is so important. Check out these 4 hacks that will help you improve your well-being by enhancing your home.

4 Home Hacks to Improve Your Well-Being

Have a Mood Wall

A mood wall is a fairly uncommon concept for a lot of homes, but it’s one that can have a profound impact in yours. You’ve likely heard of mood boards, and this is a similar concept, except that you are choosing one entire wall in your home and making that the mood wall. You can do this with color, pictures, and writing, and it all combines to give you the best possible outcome. A striking mood wall can improve mental health, and make you feel more happy and confident.

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Introduce Some Plants

One of the most important aspects of improving your well-being is to introduce some plants into the home. There are a lot of ways to make the home a better place, but plants are excellent because they breathe life into the place, and improve air quality as well. Plants can transform your property into a greener, healthier, happier place, and that is so important. Start shopping around for some great houseplants – they will make all the difference to the way you are feeling.



Make Sure You Sleep Better

Getting a good amount of uninterrupted sleep is so important for keeping your fresh and alert and making sure you are operating at the best possible level every day. There are so many things to keep in mind in this respect, and you need to look at getting the best pillow you possibly can so it feels like you’re sleeping on air. A mattress topper might also be a good idea in order to improve comfort and support in bed.

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Get a Pet

It’s amazing what a profound impact a pet can have on the home. Even if you already have kids, introducing an animal into the mix can really make things much more impressive. There are so many ways in which you can benefit from a pet, and having that relationship will improve your sense of purpose and self-care. Definitely, think about getting a cat or a dog for the home right now. If you do not have the time or finances for these animals, a fish is a solid substitute! Elizabeth, the blog founder actually has a gecko and has had bearded dragons as her home pets!

These are some of the best things you can do to improve the home going forward and enhance your mental well-being as well. So many people overlook the correlation between the home and our personal health, but you need to do what you can to improve this as much as possible.

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Promote Relaxation At Home With These 5 Tips

Does your home make you feel relaxed? Is it a haven you long to retreat to at the end of a frantic day? For many of us, our home is the place we feel happiest, but it doesn’t always provide relaxation. If you’re on a mission to promote relaxation and calm at home, keep reading!

Decluttering

Clutter can affect the aesthetic of your home, but it can also interfere with the vibe and ambiance. If you walk through the door to be confronted with stuff everywhere, you’re not going to feel relaxed. Clutter makes your home look small and cramped, and it can contribute to stress. The best course of action is to have a clearout.

Let Go Of What You Don’t Use

Most of us are guilty of hanging onto things we don’t really need or even want. Over the course of time, molehills can become mountains. If you’ve got piles of boxes, or shelves and racks stuffed full of clothes or shoes you haven’t worn for months, now is the time to pull your sleeves up and get organized.

Go through each room one by one, and create separate piles. Make one mound of items you want to keep. Then, make one pile of the things you could donate or sell. And finally, make one pile for the trash. Box up anything you plan to sell or give away and then find a home for everything you want to keep. Fold clothes and keep them in a wardrobe, chest or closet and store your shoes on racks or in boxes.

Next, move to another room and repeat the process until your home is free from anything you no longer want. Gather everything you want to dispose of and take a trip to the dumpster.

Storage

If you’re short on storage once you’ve tidied up, it’s worth considering your options. You could put up some shelves for books, DVDs, games, frames or ornaments or you could buy a new chest of drawers or wardrobe to store clothes. If you don’t want to buy new, you could save money by upcycling a second-hand piece of furniture. You might even try storing items meant for a different season in a garage or storage space out of sight. Decluttering isn’t a fun job that most of us look forward to, but you’ll feel a lot better once you’ve ticked this task off your list.

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Setting Up Relaxing Spaces

There are certain parts of a home that are geared towards activity and engagement, but sometimes, you need peace and quiet or time to reflect, chill out, and spend a bit of time alone. Your home should cater to your every mood. You may want a kitchen that is a thriving hub of the house or a relaxed and peaceful office space. Just as you want your living areas to deliver when you’re cooking or socializing, you also want other rooms to satisfy your needs. Where do you go when you want to read a book, listen to music, draw, paint, or knit? If you haven’t got any places where you can just kick back and unwind, you need to. It’s a good idea to think about how and where you could set up relaxing spaces in your home.

Using Space

There are various options you could consider. If you’ve got a spare room you never use, why not convert it into a reading room, a creative studio, a tranquil office space or a music room? If you haven’t got a ready-made space, you could section off an area of an existing room. Consider a guest room, for example. If you rarely have visitors staying over, you could create a dual-purpose room. This room could cater to guests, but also give you the space you need to relax or pursue your hobbies. If you enjoy writing, for example, you could place a desk and chair in the bedroom or swap the bed for a sofa bed. Likewise, if you love reading, trade the desk for a bag chair and fill your shelves full of your favorite books.

Space & Value

Alternatively, if you’re looking for ways to add space and value, it may be possible to convert the loft or the basement. If this is an option that you’d like to pursue, get some quotes, talk to real estate agents, and create a budget. If the numbers add up, you can then turn your attention to interior design and start styling your relaxing new space.

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Getting Your Bedroom Right

The bedroom is the most important room in the house for relaxation. If your bedroom isn’t a comfortable space, you may find it difficult to switch off which could affect your sleep patterns. For a serene, soothing boudoir, stick to light, neutral shades or pastels. These shades are proven to have a calming effect. Add textures to create a cozy vibe, and avoid bright lights. If you like to have a lot of light, for example, for applying makeup, fit a dimmer switch so that you can soften the mood when you’re ready to get into bed.

When you walk into your room, you should feel your shoulders relax, and tension leave your body. If your bedroom isn’t delivering at the moment, consider a mini makeover. You don’t have to spend a fortune or hours painting and decorating. Altering the colors, adjusting the lighting and adding throws, blankets, rugs, and cushions could make all the difference.

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Lighting

Lighting has a real impact on the feel of the room, as well as the way it looks. When you’re shopping, think about the kind of mood you want to create. Do you want bright lights that will illuminate a large space and perk you up? Or maybe do you want soft lighting that adds a romantic vibe?

Lighting by Room

In rooms like the kitchen and study, you probably want a lot of light, but in the bedroom, reading room or snug, it’s best to go for softer options. Dimmer switches are a great idea for multi-purpose rooms like the living room. You can adjust the lighting to suit your mood at the touch of a button. For the ultimate in relaxation, switch off lamps and wall lights and light some candles. Scented candles are particularly beneficial, especially if you’re running a bath or you’re getting to ready to curl up and chill out with your bedtime playlist or a book. If you have children or pets, and you’re worried about safety, use LED candles.

Choosing The Right Colors

Let’s pretend you were presented with a series of colored flashcards. Then, somebody asks you to choose a word that represented how you feel when you see that color. You’d probably find that you have different words for every shade. Color has an impact on our mood, and it can also affect our energy levels. Bright shades of yellow, for example, make us feel energetic and happy. More subtle tones like pale blue and gray can make us feel calm. When you’re decorating or planning a room-revamp, think about how you use color. Additionally, think about which shades you use in each room. If you’ve got garish colors and prints in your bedroom, for example, you may find that swapping them for more understated tones will help with relaxation.

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De-stress with Plants

If you’re a fan of interior design, you may be aware that the natural look is popular at the moment (I am obsessed with it). This is great news for plant lovers, not just because potted plants look fabulous, but also because they have calming properties. Studies show that plants can help to make you feel less stressed. They also purify the air.

You can use plants of all shapes and sizes to decorate rooms. Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors in, and add a fresh, clean feel to your home. There are hundreds of different types of houseplants, but popular options that are proven to de-stress include aloe, English ivy, rubber trees, peace lilies, bamboo and spider plants.

If you have pets, take care when choosing plants and flowers to display indoors, as some plants are poisonous to cats and dogs. Ask your vet for advice. Many people assume that it’s hard work to keep plants alive, but most houseplants are very low maintenance. All you need to do is find a sunny spot and water your plants on a regular basis.

Conclusion

Most of us dream of a home that makes us feel safe, secure, happy, and relaxed. If your house doesn’t quite feel like a homely haven yet, there are lots of ways you can set the tone and create spaces that enable you to unwind and chill out. Before you turn your attention to a revamp, declutter and clear some space. You can then think about changing colors, furniture, and adjusting lights. Use the space you have available to indulge your interests and enable you to enjoy some time out.

Focus on creating the right atmosphere in your bedroom. Think about how different colors affect your mood and don’t be afraid to try and hone your green-thumb skills and introduce some greenery and foliage.

This post was written in collaboration. Collaborative writing means that while I have contributed to this post and edited its content and formatting, I am not its original author. By posting this content on my blog, I receive financial compensation. Want to guest post for Jihi Elephant? Learn more here