Bullet Journal Dutch Door Ideas – The What, Why & How
Yet another one of the amazing benefits of creating your own bullet journal, is how individual and customizable they can be.
Some weeks my schedule is pretty routine, and I don’t need to write a lot of notes/lists etc in my bullet journal. I like to keep a 2 page ‘weekly’ in my bujo and 95% of the time, I can fit everything on those 2 pages so that I have a ‘week at a glance’ type view:
You can see some of my simple weekly bullet journal layouts here.
And then some weeks are crazy busy, and I can’t fit it all on the 2 pages.... which irritates my brain.
So, when I know it’s going to be busy, I create a simple ‘dutch door’ hack of my bullet journal. It’s simple and it works a treat!
Bullet Journal Dutch Door Ideas
Now there are loads of different ways that you can create a dutch door in your bullet journal (and they don't all require cutting your pages!) but first I recommend working out what you want to achieve.
Usually the motivation to create a dutch door, is to create extra room in your bujo layout. But it might also be about creativity and design.
Check out the following dutch door ideas:
The above example is of a weekly layout where you keep the top section stagnant to include appointments and important events.
Then, the entire bottom section is opened up with the dutch door to create a lot more room for daily tasks and to-do's. This is great for a very busy week!
The above example is of using a dutch door to create a bullet journal layout that includes a lot of information.
By using the dutch door, there is room to create a weekly/daily schedule for tasks such as a cleaning routine, plus the reverse side can be used for tracking what cleaning tasks have been done:
Below is an example of a weekly dutch door spread where I had made a glaring mistake and I wanted to cover it up - so I simply folded the middle page and created a dashboard of sorts:
Another great use for dutch doors is on the monthly layouts. I usually like to fit a lot of information a monthly 'overview' and in this below example, I created 2 vertical dutch doors, to effectively create 4 'dashboards' of information I would need to refer to a lot over the coming month.
Firstly, the monthly 'to do list' and main goals for the month:
Next, I added a spending log where I track anything I spend throughout the month.
Lately I have been creating my habit trackers for the month, as I find them much better to set up (and focus on) monthly, rather than each week:
Then the final page of the monthly dashboard included a place to track what was in my fridge, freezer and pantry at the beginning of the month. This way, I could then plan my grocery shop and meal plan based on using these items up first. This is something I've been trialling for the last 2 months and has been great for reducing grocery spend and food wastage:
How to Make a Dutch Door In Your Bullet Journal
1. Brainstorm what exactly you want and need to fit into your bullet journal layout.
2. Sketch out lightly in pencil what you want to go where.
3. Fold or cut* where needed and use washi tape if you want to strengthen the cut pages (but it's usually not required).
*Not all dutch door layouts require you to cut into your bullet journal pages.
By far the easiest dutch door to create, is a vertical dutch door and simply requires you to fold over the middle page. From there you can either just tuck it in or add washi tape to stick it together (this is also a great way to create extra room but keep some information more private).
A horizontal dutch door will require either cutting or ripping your pages to achieve the size you require.
Cons of creating a dutch door in your bullet journal:
Much like when you add too many stickers or printables in your bullet journal, too many dutch doors in your bullet journal can affect your 'bulkiness' and shape of your bullet journal.
To avoid this, either move use them sparingly throughout your bullet journal and/or try and even it up by changing where on the page you actually put the dutch door.