Well, Real Housewife in Minnesota came to my rescue and clued me into to Bed, Bath, and Beyond's version, selling at a nice, inexpensive (relatively), 29.99. I hopped on the site and ordered it. A few days later, it came to my home and I wasted no time in installing it in my kitchen, moving some other items into place to work with it.
The finished result?
Now for the nerdy breakdown on function:
First up: The white board/bulletin board
The white board serves mostly as our to-do list. We jot down things we want to get done over the week, and then on Sunday, wipe it clear (supposedly once we've accomplished everything on the list). In the bottom corner is a small shopping list of things I'm searching for to go into my next room re-do, in this case, my craft room/work room. The bulletin board has become a catch-all for those small things we want to keep, but don't want to have cluttering up our whole house. The concert ticket is from Hubs and mine first date.
Next, the beautiful mail bin.
Lastly, the calendar:
Originally, I purchased this beauty (see, nerd) to plan menus for a month out. This facilitates my grocery shopping, and enables me to effectively use Coborn's Delivers and keep in a budget, and minimize my delivery fees. Right now, because it is summery outside, we're mostly grilling on a random rotation of ground turkey, chicken and the occasional steak. Not a lot of planning goes into that! So we're using it to keep track of our getting-close-to-summer-busy schedule. Normally, we have very little going on and have no need for such a fancy system.
So that's it. That's how we got the mail off the table, and how we manage our time. What do you do?