Saturday, April 16, 2011

Communications Central

By Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett

Fridge notes When I need a recipe, I don't go looking in a book or a recipe box.  I go straight to the fridge.  Yup, that's where I leave them.  I've got a bunch of them hang on the door with magnets.

My coupons also live under magnets on the fridge.  So do the school coupons that I same from soup cans.  (I give them to my mother, who gives them to her friend, who gives them to her grandson.)

Then there's my brother's work schedule.  He works rotating shifts so I need to know if it's a yellow day (day shift) or a blue day (night shift) or a white day (day off) if I want to call him.  I mean, I don't want to call at noon on a blue day, because that'll wake him up and he doesn't get enough sleep as it is.

ME TEAPOT  MAGNET FRONT A few years back, my friend Janette sent me Mary Engelbreit magnets for my fridge.  They are the cutest things.  I wish all my magnets were cute, but most of them are from Kodak's 100th Anniversary (way back in 1980).  They gave a LOT of them away and for some reason, we seem to have about 10 of them.  (They are NOT the cutest things, but they work.)

Despite this treasure trove of interesting junk that lives on the front of my fridge, it has not become communication central for our home.  If one of us goes out we usually leave a Post-it note on the counter.  If we want to remind ourselves of a dental or other appointment, the Post-it note goes right on the computer monitor.  (That's where we spend most of our days.  (We both work at home.))

Where is the communications center in your house?

12 comments:

beatty_home said...

My whole kitchen is Mary Englebreit. I LOVE her work. CUTE

Dru said...

My computer is my communication center where there are several post-it notes to let me know what should be done. I also use Outlook to beep me when I have any appointments.

Prairiedog said...

I have a calendar booklet that I keep in my purse with each day's event, meetings, birhtdays, appointments, etc. The fridge and my computer room bulletin board are useful too.
Lorraine, I have a feeling you'll be receiving more magnets in the mail. Have a great weekend. We had 3" of snow here in MN. Karen

Aurian said...

I buy fridge magnets from the places I go to on holliday, the most difficult one was from my own hometown. Love remembering the nice places I have been.
But no communications center in my house. We send text messages if we want to remind the other person of something.

signlady217 said...

Basically it's notes left in the same spot on the kitchen counter. Our stuff tends to be repetitive, so we just keep using the same notes over and over instead of rewriting them. There's a little stack on top of the microwave, just go through them and get the one you need and lay it on the counter, then put it back when the event/action is completed. Works great for us!

Heather Webber said...

My dayplanner holds all important info. Much panic if I ever lose it.

Random notes are made on cue cards and stuck on the kitchen counter where I'll see them (hopefully!).

Leann Sweeney said...

I have plenty of stuff on my fridge, too, secured by--yes! Mary Engelbreit magnets! When my kids were young the fridge was communication central. We had a white board and left noted or added "wants" or "needs" to the grocery list. Now, it's the place for photos of the grandkids and their artwork. If I want to communicate with my husband something that we shouldn't forget, it's usually on the back of a junk mail envelope. Can't waste perfectly good paper! :-)

Barbara said...

Our communications center is an old-fashioned calendar that hangs on the cellar door. I also have a more complete calendar on my desk upstairs and a little one in my handbag. Since I'm in charge of remembering everything, I need my calendar wherever I go.

Rita B said...

I think the fridge is the most convienent note board in the whole house. Darned expensive note board, but easy to use :^P

ev said...

I have a calendar I carry in my purse. For hubby I leave a post it in the middle of the TV or computer screen and hope one of the cats doesn't take off with it.

Jody said...

We keep a white board on the refrigerator - reminders, daily forecasts, grocery lists go on it. Sometimes the menus for the week get added.

Vickie said...

Countertop in the kitchen near my big copper bowl. The sticky-notes are in the neon-can't-miss-me color of some kind.
My fridge would be, but it's covered like yours, school schedules, school menus, my schedule for rotating shifts, magnets of all kinds, photos, drawings...no one would be able find a note to anyone in the family if left on the fridge even the neon notes.