Guest post by Jennifer Scheffel:
Ever asked the question, “How do I get organized?” When it comes to certain projects, it can be daunting to figure out just where to start.
This is a story of the magical blackboard that helps me get things done, stay organized, and remember to do all the little things that make up my day.
I’ve always kept to-do lists. There’s a cosmic relationship between identifying projects, and writing them down. Writing down goals, wishes and chores gives them importance. Seeing important goals reminds you to simply take the steps to complete them. And, OH, the joy in marking items off the to-do list is remarkable.
But about two weeks ago, I was feeling a little overwhelmed with organizing my home projects and to-do lists. Everyday new items are added, and some remained from the day before.
My husband, who seems to be an expert at getting things done, suggested that I rethink the way I create my to-do lists.
I reacted bluntly to my husband’s suggestion: “I’ve been writing down household projects and to-do lists for ages.”
After thinking it through, I admitted that sometimes the items on these lists fizzled. My lists, with all my good intentions, used to get shoved under a stack of papers, bills, and post-it notes containing even more to-do list items.
This is where the blackboard comes in. After admitting my hubby might be on to something, I knew I needed a radical change to creating to-do lists. And, I needed a trick for making sure my goals never ended up under piles of paperwork again!
Like a vision, it came to me. I would make a magic blackboard. If goals go on the blackboard, they will happen … and that’s magic. In order for the blackboard to possess such a trick, it would have to be placed in a spot I’d see everyday.
Your blackboard’s placement is key to its magic. The back door entrance to my home was the perfect choice for me. Each time I enter, I’m greeted with my weekly goals.
But, the walls are tricky; a standard chalkboard wouldn’t do. I’d need to paint one on the walls.
Frugal Tips for How to Paint a Blackboard
Frugal Tip #1:
Chalkboard paint isn’t cheap, it costs about $20 for a quart can. I’m a frugal girl and I wanted to accomplish the entire project for less than $5 (or free, if I could).
I have lots of left over cans of paint around my house, and I felt that my crafty friends might as well. As a shot in the dark, I placed a post on my Facebook Page asking if anyone had left-over chalkboard paint. A neighbor replied within 20 minutes that she had a can of chalkboard paint she’d love to dispose of. Lucky me!
One you have your paint and supplies, choose the perfect spot for your to-do list blackboard. Tape off the shape of your chalkboard with painter’s tape. A sponge roller works best with chalkboard paint.
Paint three or four coats and allow 2 to 4 hours of dry time between each. Wait at least three days before writing on your chalkboard. Use a quality chalk. It’s easier to write with and easier to wash off and worth the few extra pennies.
Frugal Tip #2:
You can save the cost of creating a frame for your blackboard with a little creative painting.
For my blackboard, I used a stencil that mimicked the pattern of fabric I had in the room. The stencil was purchased at a yard sale for $1 a year ago. I’ve used the stencil for several projects. Maintenance of such stencils is important if you want them to last for more projects.
If you use a stencil as a border to your blackboard, wash it between every use. You can use denatured alcohol or even hot soapy water if you don’t allow the paint to dry. This step will save you the heartache of paint running underneath the stencil and ruining your design.
For the best results, use repositionable spray adhesive on your stencil. This allows you to position the stencil perfectly. As extra assurance, use painter’s tape to secure it to the wall. Finally, a sponge roller works best for painting with a stencil. Roll the paint on very thinly and in several coats.
How Do I Get Organized Using the Magic Blackboard?
I get organized by washing the chalkboard every Sunday. A clean chalkboard doesn’t stay clean long.
I add new items to the blackboard everyday. But, I don’t erase any old ones! I cross through them. This gives me a sense of accomplishment by the end of the week. Anything not accomplished by Sunday goes on the top of the list for next week.
After using the magic blackboard for two weeks, I can truly say it makes organizing my home projects a lot easier. My husband is even in on the action. However, I did discovered one drawback. One chalkboard just isn’t enough!
I quickly learned that placing list items for work-related chores on the back-door blackboard isn’t effective. Only household related chores are placed on this board.
Luckily, there’s an easy solution: paint another blackboard! The first item on my project list: create a magical work blackboard for my office. I can’t wait to see what changes my work projects undergo by using this simple organization technique!
This article was written by Jennifer Scheffel of www.best-grocery-coupon-websites.com. Her site reviews the topgrocery coupon websites and provides tips on saving money. They have a printable grocery list, coupon organizer and plenty of online printable coupons.
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