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Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar

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™.

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

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.

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

Materials needed to recreate this project:

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.

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

When I settled on a final spot, I marked the corners with chalk before taking the decal down to remove the backing.

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

Step 2: Remove the backing.

I’ve found it works best to fold the backing back onto itself as it is being removed.

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

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.

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

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.

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

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).

Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

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.

 Weekly Schedule Keeps Tasks from FALL-ing Off Radar - DIY Kitchen Decor and Command Center using Weekly Schedule Chalkboard Wall Decals

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!

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