Every home needs a home message board of some type, even if it isn't actually a board, where messages can be shared between family members.
The busier the household the more important this is because people are coming and going and there still needs to be communication.
Yes, with smart phones a lot of the little notes like, "gone to the store," don't need to be shared anymore since you can just call or text, but even now there are still papers from school or church with dates or needed information, phone messages where a child has answered the phone and needs to tell a person has called, etc.
There is no right or wrong way to do this, but it is important that there is a designated area where these communications can occur.
A designated area means everyone knows where to both leave messages and also where to check for them.
This avoids problems like finding a random note a few days later saying so-and-so called and you should call them right back when, by the time you've found it, it is way too late, or you appeared rude for not even realizing that person called.
I suggest both a message board for quick notes as well as referencing certain papers, as well as a phone message center that comes equipped with pen and paper near a phone so when you need to write a message down you aren't hunting for the supplies while the person on the other end of the line waits, or rattles off the information before you're ready, meaning you've forgotten half of it before you even hang up the phone.
Below are some real life examples from readers who've created these areas in their home to give you ideas for setting up your own.
Do you have such an area in your own home? I'd love to see it, as well as hearing your tips keeping up with these areas of your home since you've got to stay vigilant so they don't get cluttered up. You can share your photos and tips here and I'll add them to the page.
This little nook is right by our back door. We have a home office so no need for paperwork here. Just a family calendar, weekly menu, chore charts and back packs.
Thanks so much for sharing this picture Laura. The area looks lovely.
Many family and home message centers do have a calendar in them, which makes a lot of sense since this is one of the main ways a household communicates and gets on the same page about what is happening.
I like the idea of also posting the weekly menu as well. It helps the kids (and everyone) know what to expect. Here's a printable weekly meal planner template if you'd like to fill one of these out each week to post in this area of your home.
Another Example Of An Entire Wall Of Information:
This picture was provided by a reader, Umm, who said: "I have a full on management wall."
She took the opportunity that this challenge presented and went ahead and decluttered the board.
A family bulletin board can be such a good way to keep track of schedules, calendars, messages, and other pieces of paper that your family needs to keep and reference.
Then, everyone in the house knows where to both put information and where to look for it, whether you're there to help them or not.
However, as you can see from Bec's before and after pictures if you're going to use this system you've got to keep on top of it.
If you keep adding papers without removing anything, ever, you'll soon get a cluttered space where you can't actually find the information you need.
Therefore, I would suggest doing a cursory glance at the board or message center every time you tack something new onto it, and pulling off anything that is old and no longer needed. Like, who cares about last month's calendar?
Also, when you deal with your paperwork weekly, or otherwise deal with updating your family calendar go ahead and look at this message center more carefully and remove old papers.
Doing it regularly will only take a few moments and make it much easier for you most of the time.
Each week we work on a different room or area of our home so that slowly, over the course of the year, your whole home becomes organized! If that sounds good to you I'd love it if you participated with us.
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