Monday, April 5, 2010

communication is key

Kind of by accident, Hubs and I are trying to get organized. We moved into our beautiful house in October, and since then have been working hard at making it ours. We've hit a bit of a lull, the weather is warming up, and we're trying to save up a bit before we tackle the next big project.

That doesn't mean, though, that we've stopped working on the house all together. We're attempting to do some low-cost projects, and just get some things cranked out. The past two weekends we've tried making a to-do list on our whiteboard.

Someday I dream of having a system like this in my home:
 (Image source and shopping source)

But I don't have one, so I improvise. We do have a Target white/corkboard combo though. It's hanging in our kitchen. Here's how we use it.

Now, I don't know about you, but there's just something about a nice, pretty list that gets me excited to cross things off.
last weekend's list

This has really enabled us to get things done. I tend to make a list in my head, and sometimes on paper that I stick in my pocket. This works, but there's one problem, N doesn't know how to read my mind. He's working on it, but I'm tricky. By putting it on the whiteboard, we both get to look at it anytime we want, it makes it easy to check things off, and it's also easy to add to it. 

At the end of the weekend, we'd made pretty good progress, but a few things didn't get done. No worries, they just made it to the top of our list for this weekend. So, without further ado, here's what we wanted to accomplish this weekend, and what we got done: 

*hang office curtain
*organize living room
*clean out storage area
*bring table inside
*set up table
*clean out garage
*hang shelves in garage
*make a lightbulb list (Not typed, but finished)
*make salad for Easter dinner
*switch basement coffee table with living room ottoman

I absolutely believe that without that list/board hanging up, H and I would have our own agendas and we'd be running in multiple directions not getting things done efficiently.

As far as the future goes, I plan on combining several elements into a home organization center like pictured above, on a smaller scale. A whiteboard/bulletin board, calendar for meal planning, and a mail sorter. I'm stumped though, because I can only find one mail sorter I like, and it's this one: 
Seeing as it is from Pottery Barn, it's $54.00 plus shipping. I do not have 70 dollars to spend on a thin-wood letter bin, especially since I'm not sure if I can hang it without the rod system that Pottery Barn sells to hang their system with. If anyone knows where I can find a cheaper one, or a hacked plan, let me know! If I had the tools, I'd try and build one myself, but I don't even have a power saw!

So that's it. Our first attempts at becoming a well-oiled household. It's amazing how much that lack-of-mail sorting handicaps me though!

1 comment:

  1. I was looking for something really similar and found a GREAT knock-off at bed bath and beyond. They only have it in some stores but here is a link!

    Your same unit is $29.99 here :o)
    I've got the office station, calendar, and 3-tier unit. Perfect organizational space at a better price. Good luck!



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