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A simple kitchen calendar serves a big-picture purpose

posted by Sarah on January 22, 2013 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • smlalock

    Thank you so much! I thought I was “supposed” to have just one calendar and couldn’t figure out why so many individual calendars have failed for me. Years later I am (was until today) still on the hunt for that ONE perfect calendar/organizer…Thank you for making me feel sane and now I can move forward using multiple calendars!

  • Kirsten

    I set up a family ‘command center’ with a white board calender about 3 months ago. I also have digital calenders as well. I totally agree that doing the white board every month really cements things in your mind. I also have corkboard underneath my calender to pin up short term notices for school, etc. I have never felt so in control of my family’s schedule. Or so organized. For the first time in his life, my son is aware of when things are happening and how many days in a week and so much important data, that I take for granted in the digital world, but that he is just beginning to understand. I feel exactly the same way, with all my calenders laid out in front of me, writing in the dates and events, it is such a powerful ‘commanding’ feeling. One thing that I use, is different colors of dry erase pens, sometimes it helps correspond with things I have pinned to the cork board and sometimes it just helps make the calender look festive!

  • Stacey Vulakh

    It’s very helpful to use both analog and digital. Not everyone in the family may be keen to sync calendars digitally and then you leave it open to the possibility that it didn’t sync correctly. Having one main family calendar makes sure everyone can see it and know what’s going on. It’s also a great spot to write down your meal plan for the week as well and then everyone can be aware and help out by pulling out the roast from the freezer or prepping the veg. (Ok, so sometimes I live in a dream world, but it’s having the mechanisms in place that will help get you there!)

  • Catnipper

    Very good point for busy families. We use a paper calendar which we update from day to day or while we’re riding in the car.

  • Ashley Dempsey

    I just recently created a command center on the side of my fridge. It eliminates that paper clutter that tries to take over the house and constant questions (“What time is my hockey game?”) It has a place for mail, coupons, menus. I can’t figure out how to post a picture here of it.

  • enigmalea

    I find that writing it out ALWAYS makes it stick better for me. A while ago, I tried to create a digital planner that synced seamlessly from my laptop to my phone and back again. I tried to use it to store to do lists, grocery lists, and appointments. I missed everything. Give me a piece or paper and a pen and I’m instantly more productive. Something about analog lists and schedules makes them more “real” and more difficult to put off.

  • Kathy L – Glen Rock, NJ

    We have a command center on the door of one of the cabinets. I have a 12 month paper calendar with big spaces for each day to write things down. I LOVE IT. As you have noted it provides us with a means to sit down and discuss the week/month ahead. It helps to create a sense of calm. I was reminded of this as January began and due to all the hustle and bustle of the holidays January was one big white page. It was a very unsettling feeling until we got everything planned out. Peace was restored.

  • sunnsilk

    great post….i love this kind of calendar where you write everything on it the old fashion way 🙂 …….just hate those modern calendars on the phone…..

  • Becky

    YES! Hubby refuses to use it, but I think I’m slowly turning him over to the idea of it. He’s convinced that all he ever needs is on his phone calendar, then can’t understand WHY he’s missing appointments. When I point out that he never put them in his phone and silences all alarms anyway, then he grumbles something about his phone being the problem. I point him to the command center where I have it written down in his color erasable marker (blue) and remind him that if he would check the calendar instead of relying on his phone, he’d be all set. Some more grumbles, and then he goes right back to his phone. *sigh* I’ve learned to just let him screw things up over and over. He’s dense, but even he learns eventually!

  • Kathleen

    I use digital and analog at home and at work. I have gone to the extreme at home of using different colored pens for each member of the family. My colleagues and friends laugh at me but it has worked well for years! I am please to say that it has rubbed off on my 15 year old daughter who has a calendar hanging in her room with all of her activities and a calendar/assignment combo journal she uses for school. My 18 year old son on the other hand……oh well!!

  • Melanie

    I grew up having a paper calendar in the kitchen, and I don’t think my mom would have survived home life without one. She got me in the habit of always having one and it definitely made a difference in my own home life as well!

  • SarahButtonedUp

    @facebook-100004290031830:disqus – if you send sarah at getbuttonedup dot com the image, I’ll post it at the bottom of the story. 🙂

  • Angie

    I love the “Mom’s Plan-It” calendar. It has a monthly view with lines for 5 family members on each day. It also has a pocket below it for all those scheduling papers. I buy one each year.

  • Amanda Frazier

    We have to have one of these. We recently updated our kitchen and actually figured in some room for our calender in my kitchen. I can write down the days I work so my husband knows, when bills are due so I remember, as well as all the other stuff my four children have going on. We would be incredibly lost without ours, which happens to be as non-fancy as yours is.

  • Amanda Frazier

    PS- I noticed you have almost the same markers as I do, and a tip? If you hang them upside down, with the felt tip pointing towards the floor, they tend to write better 🙂

  • caro

    I do have a clever alternative now which is perfect four our family’s organization habits. Unfortunately, it’s a German product, but I wanted to show it to you because the design is just perfect!–648625.html?onlinecatalogue=hk13#parentView

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