Keeping family affairs running smoothly requires an area to collect and disseminate information. This is where schedules and lists are posted, mail and messages are left, and baby sitter’s information noted. It is the family communication hub — space for information that needs easy access and quick retrieval.
The message center can become a focal point for family expression, as well as activity. By displaying children’s artwork, birthday invites and travel photos, it symbolizes our lives in progress and a reminder of why it is important to keep everything organized.
The family message center can be a bulletin board, chalkboard, magnetic whiteboard, an over-sized color-coded wall calendar or a combination of any of these things. Include children’s activities, due dates for special projects, school holidays, appointments for everyone in the family (including the pets) and weekly menus. Now you have a tool that will keep you on track.
Choose what works for you and your family. To ensure that this area functions at its best, remember to keep it up-to-date. Sunday night is the perfect time to update and review the coming week.
And, the last thing you have to do is decide where to put your family message center. You will want to put it somewhere that gets a lot of morning traffic, probably the kitchen. Located well, it will serve as a constant reminder of what is happening.
How do you use a family message center? Post your comments below.