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Put Reminders by the Door

Martha Stewart Living, January 2003

Eliminate stray notes and pieces of paper by writing important to-do tasks on an erasable board near the door. Adding a painted wooden picture frame upgrades the standard message board; below it, a "hot box" -- a mesh bin set off by a colorful painted square -- helps you remember cameras, cell phones, and any other small equipment you may need to take with you.

Comments (13)

  • amielamm 15 Dec, 2010

    We used to put notes on the fridge or post its on the door, but foget to look at the fridge in the morning and our pets made a game out of removing the notes on the door.
    Now, we use a dry erase marker on the mirror where our keys and stuff hang. Almost everyone checks their face in the mirror before going out the door!

  • ibcrafter 7 Dec, 2010

    I have Windows 7, and under gadgets, there are virtual sticky notes you can attach to your computer desktop.

  • lhansen2888 7 Dec, 2009

    These organizing tips of the day are a great help.

  • prod_test871 7 Dec, 2009

    I recommend this idea to everyone it is very helpful.

  • 20somethingsuperhero 21 Aug, 2008

    We keep a magnetic clipboard with "To Do" papers on it attached the fridge. I also purchased from our local dollar store - door hangers with removal pages marked "Don't Forget..." I have this pad from the upper cabinet handle, which is directly above the keybowl in the kitchen. We can rip off the list as we head out. We also placed little pretty baskets at the bottom of each set of stairs, which we can grab on our way out.

  • CindylouG 20 Aug, 2008

    I have 2 small dry erase pads on the fridge that are 1/2'ed into Closest Groc Store, Club Store, Discount Store, and Other (like Hardware/home improvement Store). Then the day before shopping day-I use a small yellow "legal pad" to transfer the items in order of how they are located in the store-it's also good to have the paper list handy when I'm meal planning to add as needed.

  • CindylouG 20 Aug, 2008

    I have a friend who keeps a pad of Sticky Notes with her at all times-if she drops the dog off at the groomer in the am, she puts a sticky note in the car-In the Center of the Odometer (I don't know how this would work with ALL Digital Displays) so as soon as she gets in the car she is reminded "PICK UP SOPHIE!!"

  • Kuku 20 Aug, 2008

    I like the mesh bin but my house is not that style. I am going to use a flat sized basket instead.

  • katinlee 20 Aug, 2008

    I love the idea of using visual cues as reminders for important tasks for the day.

  • carabau 17 Jun, 2008

    I have a dry erase board on the fridge for quick notes, but also have a handy
    door hanger reminder for the most important tasks of the day which I can bring with me..Check out for these.

  • kiltie1124 17 Jun, 2008

    I have a dry-erase board with a magnet on the back attached to a framed metal sheet (also MSL idea) for notes

  • KathMeg 17 Jun, 2008

    Good idea but some of us need the piece of paper in hand to remember once we get to our destination:(

  • gaylagal2 26 May, 2008

    This is one of the best ideas! I hae notes of books to read, important dates, things to do and ETC. This is a great way/place to reduce clutter. Thank you!