Things I Love Thursday: Our Home Organizer – Frugal Novice

Things I Love Thursday: Our Home Organizer

When we moved into our house, there was an odd little wall on the side of the oven, right next to our dining area, that we weren’t really quite sure what to do with. We put our trash can there, but the majority of the wall still seemed too bare.  I am a big list-maker (in fact, I first contemplated writing this post solely about how much I love lists in general!) and decided to get a message board to put up. I found one at Target that is half white board, half cork board.

I don’t think we had any idea at the time what a hub this would be for our family. It is such a great way to keep up with what we need to do and where we need to be – not to mention a great place to display a regular rotation of J’s artwork.

Here’s what our board looks like right now:

On the cork board side we’ve got some coupons, paint samples (for painting the trim on our house, which I am INCREDIBLY excited about… but that’s another post), a save the date card, a photo of my friend and her adorable family, and J’s latest masterpiece, a handprint umbrella. I also have a “FAITH” Christmas ornament that we keep up year-round to remind us of what’s important – especially when things get really hectic.

On the white board side we keep three lists – To Cook, To Do, and To Buy. The first is a list of meal options for the week – just main courses, because we usually have a lot of frozen veggies on hand so we pick whatever sounds good. After I get home from the grocery store each week I always update this list. The “to do” list is just what it sounds like – projects to complete around the house, usually, but sometimes it will include other things  like reminders to send birthday cards. The “to buy” list is where we jot down things we realize we need during the week between grocery trips. It’s been great for keeping us from forgetting to add things to our shopping list. Here’s a close-up of the white board:

Every family will find the method of organization that works best for them, and for us this has been wonderful. It’s definitely a thing I love!

  • Brandy March 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Looks good…what a good way to use the space.
    Following from MBC! You are one step closer you 100 followers.
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  • Katherine March 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I need me one of these! Anything that will make my life more organized!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Keep the Change, Ya Filthy Animal!! =-.

  • Rebecca March 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Visiting from MBC also, and am following you now. Cute site.
    Love the post we did much the same concept in the new year. Looks like the perfect spot for your org board!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Father Son Moments =-.

  • Rebecca March 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    oooh look @ that, one more follower until u hit 100!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Father Son Moments =-.

  • Chrus March 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping my my blog and your kind words! I love your site as well! WOW you are really organized! I think I will have to come back here for more tips like these! I am what you might call organizationally challenged! :-) Following you too…you are almost to a hundred!! woot woooot!

  • Chris March 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    See how disorganized…I can’t even spell my own name correctly! It is C-H-R-I-S!!
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Answered Prayers – "In The Waiting Room" =-.

  • Alysha March 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I love this!! I have one very similar on a bare wall just like this! :)
    I also love this Things I love Thursday theme! THanks for two great ideas!

  • Charla March 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Great organizational space you have there. I love being organized, but I must admit there are some areas of our house that are in bad need of being organized!
    .-= Charla´s last blog ..Breakfast, Lunch & Supper =-.

  • Stefanie March 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Looks great!

    Stopping by from MBC-FFF and now following you

    Have a great weekend!
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  • Amanda March 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

    You know I’ve always loved your little hub! And as always, list-making is a great hobby! ;)
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..[In]Fertility Update: Back in the Saddle =-.

  • niki March 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I really like it! I have a tiny townhouse and it is so important to use your space wisely.