Are you busier than ever now that the kids are back to school? Susan Penning shares how to organize your life with a Kitchen Schedule Center using a Chalkboard Vinyl Wall Decal from Wallternatives™.
Once again, summer has quickly turned into a sweet memory, while the new school year crept up on us like ill-fitting underwear. Sigh.
The good news is that fall offers a wonderful opportunity for us to get recharged, refocused and reorganized!
The first fall order of business at our house? Create a stylish family schedule – displayed in a prominent location – to help us keep track of all our tasks, events and appointments.
Materials needed to recreate this project:
- Wallternatives™ Vertical Week Schedule Chalkboard Vinyl Wall Decal
- Chalk or chalk markers (I chose Chalk Ink’s Fall-lala-lala set.)
I chose to place the vertical week schedule on the side of our refrigerator because this is a high-traffic area of our home. It is an area visible both from our kitchen and living room, and everyone passes by it multiple times daily. I believe this is one of the keys to maintaining a hanging schedule; it should be placed in a location where people pass by frequently.
After deciding on the location, I began applying the vinyl decal to the fridge.
Step 1: Measure and mark where the decal will be placed.
I used painter’s tape to temporarily hang the decal so I could step back and make sure it was straight and placed at a good height for all members of our family.
When I settled on a final spot, I marked the corners with chalk before taking the decal down to remove the backing.
Step 2: Remove the backing.
I’ve found it works best to fold the backing back onto itself as it is being removed.
Step 3: Apply the vinyl decal to the surface.
I worked from the top down and kept a bit of the backing on the bottom of the decal to keep it from inadvertently sticking itself to the fridge before I was ready to apply it.
Step 4: Remove any air bubbles.
A plastic applicator comes with all Wallternatives walldecals. It’s designed to help ensure good adhesion and help remove any air bubbles that get between the decal and the application surface.
Step 5: Prepare the decal for chalk.
I like to give chalkboard decals a onceover with a piece of flat chalk before I add any words or artwork. This preps the surface and helps prevent “ghosting” (when a shadow of previously written material remains on the chalkboard after it’s erased).
Step 6: Create a detailed weekly schedule.
I used chalk markers in festive fall colors to delineate various themes on our schedule. Another option would be to designate a different color for each family member.
I added a few hand-drawn fall leaves to our current schedule for visual interest. I’m excited about how I can customize the decal as the seasons change.
This schedule is helping our family stay organized and on top of our daily events and to-dos. The kids love using it, too!