At my house the kitchen is the main hub. It seems like everything we do revolves around that room. Physically it is in the middle and is home to the entry from the garage which is the door we use most often. With two young children, a dad and a pregnant mom there is always someone in need of a drink, a snack, or a meal. I am in and out of that room all day long! Because of the high traffic in this room it is also one of the messiest. The counter tops catch mail as we walk in the door, the floors hold shoes that are discarded from tiny feet as they come home, and there are always toys left behind. It was feeling pretty chaotic, and when you spend so much time in a room that chaos affects the way you feel. I knew it was time to get things really in order and use our kitchen as an effective hub for our household.
To help with the paper clutter I hung some mail sorters by our garage door. Anything that needs to be filed or mailed out gets put here. It is right above our recycling bin, so it is the perfect place to sort mail as we come in the door. I love to fill my home with pictures and words that make me smile, so you will see lots of that too.
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Next I wanted to have a place to keep notes about our schedules, to-do lists, and general life together! With a husband in school full time sometimes communication and important dates and times get lost in the shuffle! For this part of my process I turned to Zazzle.
Zazzle is a marketplace where you can custom design nearly anything-from phone cases to watches. They have so much cute stuff and I knew I would find exactly what I was looking for. I started by looking for a calendar that would work on my refrigerator. They have so many to choose from. I wanted a dry erase option because it would be the best choice for my needs. I can just wipe it down and map out our plans at the beginning of each month. I customized it with our last name at the top, you can add text or colors to most of their products.
Fun tip I learned long ago- the dollar store at back to school time is the best time to grab magnetic baskets to hold markers, magnets, etc. for your refrigerator or magnet boards!
I also wanted a generic to-do list. I am pretty good at forgetting things these days, I have to write everything down. I keep notes on this baby for everything from things I need to do, to simple reminders like “wash scrubs for next week”. My husband jots stuff down on it too. No matter what style list you are looking for Zazzle has it. I even found this Weekly Meal Planner, it is perfect to keep right in my kitchen so I can remember what I have planed for the week as well as add little notes of things I need from the grocery store. Do you always need milk? Go ahead and have it added to your list permanently! This is a fun product to customize!
To hang the list to my refrigerator I used a clip board and 3M command strips. I love the clip board because I can easily change out the physical list when I need to. I absolutely love the way my kitchen functions now, I feel so much better about staying on top of everything that is happening in our busy lives!