First up is our new 'to do' wall! Rather than having lists everywhere, even lists of lists in some cases, we thought a visual representation might have a bigger - and hopefully more efficient - impact. We have 6 A4 sheets of paper stuck up on our kitchen cabinets: Phone, Do, Go, See, Make and Buy. On each of the sheets we stick up a Post-it note, so at the moment we need to phone Laurence, visit Thomasland, see Hiromi and make a gluten-free chocolate cake, for example. The idea is that, once the job is done, you remove the Post-it note and have a huge sense of achievement, even more than crossing off a job on a to do list. And actually it works, I highly recommend this new system!
Further along the kitchen cupboards, there are our weekly plans (as someone said recently, you can tell I used to be a teacher!) so that we don't forget the various groups and events we need to go to in the next couple of weeks. And below those are yet more Post-it notes, usually a list of cleaning jobs, a meal plan for the week, and a must-do this week list of dos or buys. (The pink ones are a leftover from Mother's Day two years ago, you can read more in this post.)
Now these myriad prosaic uses of Post-it notes are useful and can even, with the use of different colours and shapes, be fun, but we also have a more pleasant use of Post-its. When Steve goes to work he usually leaves out my mug with a tea bag in it, and a little note on a Post-it alongside. This might be a simple "See you later. I love you", but might also be a more involved note about something we have been talking about, or if I have had a bad day a note to say something he loves about me, a wish for a good day if the girls and I are off out somewhere, or more often lately an apology. (Not very good at remembering the old adage of not going to bed on an argument here!) Being a bit of an artistic type, these notes often have a little picture or a doodle on them too, and the choice of shape and colour often tell me something about how Steve is feeling too. Here's one of the recent ones:
And me? Yes, I do occasionally leave him a note too, but it is more likely to be a note to do something, or a direction, perhaps like the one below:
Yep, we love Post-its and they're great for everything!! ;[)
3M Post-its are widely available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes. They can also be bought online.