How to Use Custom Magnets to Get Organized

Make a Magnetic Wall

 Magnetic paint is the simplest way to create a magnetic wall or area in your home. This paint can be topped with either chalkboard paint or just a simple latex color. Once you’ve got a magnetic surface in your home — whether you decide on a wall, a cupboard door, or a dresser drawer — you’re ready to get organized with custom magnets.

Here are 5 great tips to help you get started.

 Chore Magnets

Parents, create a custom chore chart by designing custom magnets for each chore. They can be color-coded according to frequency (daily, weekly, monthly), or coded with age-appropriateness or difficulty level.

Alternatively, you could create a photo magnet of your child just for them! Their chores could even be designed to match their photo design. However you decide to design the magnets, they should be the right size and shape to create columns for each person’s chore list.

Be sure to create a “Chores to Do” and “Chores We’ve Done” magnet as your column header. You can tackle chores as a family or choose to track individual rather than overall productivity.

If you have children who respond well to a little friendly competition, it can be fun to allow them to race each other to see who can complete the most chores in a week or weekend (shorter time periods are more effective for younger children).

Cooperative competition, by contrast, might take the form of a special prize (family movie night, or a trip out for ice cream) if every child completes their chore list. Older siblings can be encouraged to help the younger, and vice versa, when they are rewarded for their cooperative choices.

Perpetual Calendar

 A rewritable magnet with a one-week calendar design can be placed on the refrigerator or other magnetic surface and used to keep a weekly planner. Blank spaces at the top of the magnet can be filled in with the day of the week and month.

Calendar magnets can be designed to go over paper, as well, so that your Sunday through Saturday or 1 through 31 magnets can be used on any blank calendar sheet. These magnets will also serve to hold the paper calendar in place.

Dry Erase Board Accessories

Design and order custom magnets that serve as headers for the types of things you most commonly write on your whiteboard. Grocery lists, notes to family members or housemates, reminders, and quotes are all categories that are commonly ordered, but your experience and imagination will be the best guide for choosing and designing your magnetic headers.

Tool Labels for Tool Box Drawers

Not just for the home, custom magnets can be useful out in the garage, as well! Suitable for use on any metal tool box, magnetic tool labels are the quickest way to organize your tool box. Simply affix the tool’s name to the front of the drawer in the corresponding location; for example, if you keep your tin snips in the back left of the top drawer, place a “Tin Snips” magnetic label to the upper left of the top drawer face. Presto! You can locate your tools in a snap without having to open each drawer and look through it.

Magnetic Labels for Filing Cabinets

Similar to the method we recommend for labeling tool box drawers, magnetic labels can be used to label metal filing cabinet drawers. Useful in any office setting, even a home office, these custom magnetic labels should simply say what’s in a drawer. As part of an organized filing system, this method improves time management and adherence to organizational systems.

Bumper Sticker Magnets Custom-Made for Realtors

 

Consistent marketing and outreach are essential for the success of your real estate business; a strong, visible presence in the community sends the signal that you’re well-connected, active, and successful in your field.

However, the medium through which you connect to your community doesn’t need to be new or unconventional to be effective. Corporations, small businesses, and yes, real estate professionals have been relying on promotional magnets for decades because they are affordable, personal, and successful.

Unlike your online presence, magnets mean clients do not have to go looking for you or stumble upon your ad in order to see your face and logo repeatedly. You’ll be there, smiling and welcoming anytime they walk by their refrigerator or office white board.

Magnets are endlessly customizable, and while we encourage our clients to be as creative as possible, the following selection has been tested by time and proven to be particularly effective for realtors. They can be mailed out when you want to cast a broad net, or they can be hand-delivered for maximum personal connection.

Calendar Magnets

Calendar magnets offer a full year of advertising potential. They can be customized with your logo, photo, business information, and pair exceptionally well with holiday cards. They are useful to both businesses and private residents, and are likely to be kept somewhere where they will be seen and used daily for maximum advertising effectiveness.

Car Magnets

Car magnets are ideal for clients who rave about your services. Not only will their use advertise to anyone who sees them on the car, but they will also spark questions from friends and family members of the driver who are looking for a realtor. As a bonus, your client is more likely to become a repeat customer or recommend you to a friend when they see your smiling face daily reminding them of the outstanding work you did for them. 

Business Cards

Business card magnets are the most common form of magnetic marketing. For realtors, they can be created in a “house” shape that will remind the user who you are and what you do. The ideal size for refrigerators, lockers, or whiteboards, this magnetic advertising is functional and attractive, and will likely remain visibly in use for years to come.

Magnetic Notepads

Magnetic notepads are inexpensive, practical, and likely to lead to follow-up calls requesting replacements. Excellent for to-do lists, reminders, grocery lists, and recipe notes, these notepads will ensure that your information gets repeat views and potentially even circulation.

Magnetic notepads are available in a wide variety of designs, or they can be created with a completely customized design.

School and Sports Calendars

These practical magnetic calendars help the members of your community remember important school dates, sports schedules, and holidays. This choice tells your clients and your community that you care about them and want to personally help their year flow more smoothly. You’re sure to get calls for more of these once people see them in use, so order more than you think you might need.

 

 

Using magnets to help young children learn

Magnets are a wonderful tool for teaching young children. Whether they’re learning their numbers, letters, colors, or shapes, custom magnets can help! Here are a few ideas regarding using magnets in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.

Magnetic Pattern Blocks

Whether you choose traditional tangram shapes or a large set of primary geometric shapes, magnetic pattern blocks are a great alternative to playing with plastic blocks on a sheet of paper. Simply store the magnetic pattern blocks in a plastic zippered pouch and allow children to borrow it for whiteboard use at the designated time. Use a heavy-duty round magnet to hang a pattern on the board for the child to follow.

 

Unlike plastic blocks, magnets on a whiteboard won’t slip around on the pattern page, and working upright at the board is a good opportunity for small children to maintain upright posture rather than hunching down over a paper pattern on a desk.
Quick tip: Another use for geometric magnets involves asking a child to sort a collection of magnets by shape and color.

 

Magnetic Math Cubes

As soon as students are old enough to begin using plastic math cubes, set aside a couple of sets and add magnets to them. These magnetic math cubes can then be used at the white board. Children who are struggling with visualizing number comparisons will be able to compare number sets and practice working with bar graphs more easily when they can stand back and see the comparative blocks arranged upright in front of them.

Learning to Spell

As any child who has had the pleasure of spelling with magnetic letters can tell you, playing with letter magnets doesn’t feel like working. Spelling is usually much more fun when it involves sorting and displaying colorful magnetic letters.

Children especially enjoy spelling out their names with magnets. If you are equipped with several sets of alphabet magnets, children may sort through the sets and select the letters that comprise their names. This works best if young children are sorted into groups of no more than 5. A classroom helper can sit and help the children arrange their names on 9 x 13 nonstick baking sheets, which work very well as portable magnetic surfaces.


Quick tips: there are printable learning sheets that are intended for use with classroom magnet sets, and they work very well on the baking sheet. The baking sheet can also be used to arrange the alphabet in order.

Test: Will It Stick?

Allow students to wander the classroom in teams of two (usually allowing only one or two teams to play at once is recommended). Instruct them to walk around the room and discover which surfaces the magnet will and will not stick to. Ask them to keep their observation a secret until everyone has had a chance to explore. Discuss their discoveries afterward in the larger group setting.

The questions you ask as you discuss the lesson can vary depending on the aspect of the lesson you wish to stress, but children often like to share which magnetic surface surprised them the most. Follow up with a question about which non-magnetic surface was the most unexpected. The critical thinking conversation that follows will be a good setup for larger lesson on the physical behavior of magnets.

How to make your own sticker storage box

Whether you use your stickers for your bullet journal, your child’s chore chart, or  scrapbooking, you’ve no doubt discovered that sticker collecting is an affordable, enjoyable hobby. Sometimes, however, our collections begin to get a little out of hand, and we need new storage solutions. If that’s you, we’ve got you covered. Today we’re sharing our favorite ways to create our own sticker storage box from materials you might already have lying around the house.

Shoe Box Conversion — For Sheets of Stickers

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A sturdy shoe box. It can be any width and height you like; just make sure it’s large enough to store your sticker sheets without bending them.
  • Cardstock or sturdy scrapbooking paper
  • Tabs

  1. Decorate Your Box

(If your shoe box is already attractive enough to your eye, skip this step.)

This step is straightforward; paint your box’s exterior with either a good spray paint, or use a durable acrylic paint.

Alternatively, you can cut sheets of decorative paper to be just about one-half inch larger than each surface of your box you wish to cover, and, after using the tuck-and-fold method, modge podge it to the exterior of your box. This method takes skill, patience, and a tolerance for modge podge on one’s fingers.

 1 – Create File Dividers

 (If you already have scrapbooking paper that fits your box, skip this step.)

Measure the interior of your box from side to side, and from the bottom of the box up to the height that you wish your file dividers to be. Cut your sturdy paper to fit. To save time, we recommend using a paper cutter, but sturdy scissors will do in a pinch.

2 – Add Tabs

You can either attach purchased tabs, or create your own by printing a template from Avery here. If you choose to print and attach your own, use sturdy paper that contrasts nicely with your box and dividers, and then attach them with a strong glue stick.

 3 – Organize Your Stickers

All that’s left is to decide how you’ll categorize your stickers, fill out your labels, and get organized! Please let us know in the comments how you’ll arrange your collection. We’ve seen it done seasonally and thematically, but we look forward to hearing new ideas!

Aluminum Foil Box Conversion — For Rolls of Stickers

 

For this project, you’ll need:

  • An empty aluminum foil box
  • Spray paint, or decorative paper and matte modge podge

When working with aluminum foil boxes, be careful of the sharp dispensing edge.

Spray paint your box, or cover it with decorative paper and modge podge as above. Then simply slide your sticker rolls onto the cardboard tube. Consider adding a label on one edge of this project; then you can create multiple boxes, stack them, and still keep track of each box’s contents.

The existing serrated box edge makes a great dispensing tool for stickers, but it is not safe for small hands. If a child will be using this sticker holder, please carefully remove the sharp edge beforehand.