Practical Uses for Custom Magnets

Isn’t it difficult to keep track of the many chores and service dates that come with homeownership? We definitely think so!

The good news is that custom magnets and stickers are an excellent way to stay on top of rotating and recurring tasks at home.

Today, we’ll share our favorite practical uses for magnets and stickers around the house.

Vehicle Oil Change Reminders

When you get your vehicle’s oil changed, place one of our no-residue clear stickers on your windshield. We’ll print a custom sticker designed by you; just leave a space where you can jot down the date of service.

Despite the importance of frequent oil changes, not all oil change service centers provide this handy, visible reminder. If your local place doesn’t, we encourage you to come prepared with your own sticker.

Water Heater Service Reminders

water heater magnet and plumber

If you’re like most homeowners, you can’t recall the date you last had your water heater serviced. However, we can create a reminder magnet or sticker that works well with a whiteboard marker.

All you have to do is place it on your water heater, then jot down your most recent service date along with your service company’s contact info.

Take it a step further by having us print the phone number for your favorite repair company right on the sticker or magnet.

We hope you never have a water heater emergency, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have the number right where you need it.

HVAC Service Reminders

Depending on your home’s location and type of system, your HVAC should be serviced every 6 – 12 months. Our custom reminder magnets or stickers are a great way to ensure that you remember when you last had this work completed, or alternatively, by which date you need to schedule it next.

Simply attach it to your HVAC system, then take a glance anytime you need a reminder.

Clean and Dirty Indicators for your Dishwasher

clean dishwasher magnet

Dishwashers are used daily in most homes, but it can be tricky to determine whether it’s been run or not—especially during the whirlwind of activity that occurs during the morning routine.

The solution is a simple magnet that you’ll place on your dishwasher. Like a domino, you’ll want one half to say “Clean,” while the opposite side says “Dirty.” Flip it 180 degrees, and suddenly it’s a breeze to figure out if your favorite coffee mug is ready to use on this rushed Tuesday morning.

If you have any custom magnet or sticker ideas in mind for your own home, Blue Bee Printing is here to create them for you! No project is too large or too small. Our extensive product offerings ensure that we’ll have the perfect material for any application.

If you have questions about your custom sticker and magnet order, please reach out to us. We love working with our clients on fun and creative personalized projects.

Custom Magnets and Stickers Replace Business Cards

Service and repair businesses need to promote themselves

a repair man fixing a washing machine

If you’re over 30, you remember the days of business cards. Most homeowners had a designated “junk drawer” with a stash of business cards near the front. When the water heater went out or the garage door was on the fritz, it was time to rifle through the cards to call for help.

We know you’ve learned the importance of digital marketing, Google business listings, and customer testimonials to guide clients to your business. However, we recommend that all service and repair companies also promote themselves with custom stickers and magnets.

Why use custom stickers and magnets for service/repair business promotion?

It is important (for all business owners) to advertise online with the goal of gaining new customers, but it’s equally or more important to retain the customers you’ve already worked so hard to bring in!

How can you effectively retain your current clients?

Stickers and magnets are an ideal replacement for business cards. To illustrate my point, I’ll share a personal experience.

Two years ago, my garage door had a broken spring. I grabbed my phone, and by a stroke of luck, I was able to find the service person who installed my garage door originally. He arrived quickly, repaired my garage door, and handed me his business card. I fully intended to hire him again; he did great work, offered fair prices, and remembered me well.

I failed to keep his business card or add his contact info to my phone.

The next time my garage door acted up, didn’t get so lucky online and had to hire a different company. While they did the repairs, they charged more, and the interaction didn’t feel as friendly or personal.

If my original garage door installer had placed a custom-made sticker on the garage door interior that included his contact information – he would’ve retained a customer and I could have saved time and money.

Most service and repair business owners are likely to have many customers who won’t be able to remember their name without a reminder. Every time you complete a repair, hand the client your business card, and let them know that you’ve also placed a sticker in a discreet place directly on the equipment you’ve just repaired or serviced.

Custom magnets work just as well if you’re working on anything metal—and can also be placed on a customer’s refrigerator.

a refrigerator with custom magnets

The goal is to have your information placed right where they can find it. Don’t let them be like me, using my phone to blindly search “garage door repair near me,” fingers crossed that I’d find the repair company I was looking for.

When your company offers fair prices and excellent service, your customers want to rely on you again and again. Make it easy for them by leaving a visible reminder of just who it was who arrived to help them out last time.

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Custom Magnets for Whiteboards

For many American families, the kitchen is the heart of the house. It’s where we gather together to begin our days, have family meetings, work on homework, and check emails while we try not to burn dinner.

If your family is like ours, it’s hectic. Between balancing work and school schedules, extra-curricular activities, and social events, it can get overwhelming.

If you would like a clear, easy-to-read system for managing your family’s busy schedule using customized whiteboard magnets, today’s article is for you!

We especially like this style of calendar for families with young children. While a digital calendar can work well for teens, younger children will benefit from being able to see what’s happening by simply glancing up at the calendar you’ve created.

Your Whiteboard is Now Your Command Center

Prepare for each week by creating that week’s calendar on the whiteboard. By limiting this calendar to one week at a time, you’ll be able to prepare mentally as you write it out, and your children won’t be overwhelmed by trying to comprehend a long span of time. Weeks make much more tangible sense to young children than months!

Each Family Member Needs At Least One Custom Magnet

Normally we recommend 3 customized magnets per person, but you may be able to squeak by with 1 per family member. By placing a person’s magnet strategically on the whiteboard, you can draw attention to where they will be during the day.

Little girl writing on empty whiteboard with a marker pen. Learning, education and back to school concept with copy space

Create Custom Magnets for Special Events and Activities

Is your little one attending art class, participating in sports, or heading to the dentist? A custom magnet is a perfect way to illustrate the day. For special events like birthdays, holidays, and vacations, magnets can help build anticipation even as they help a child visualize the wait in bite-sized increments. The result may be improved patience and a clearer sense of time passing.

Chores Are Easy to Assign with Custom Magnets

Are you tired of reminding your children of their chores? Design a magnet to represent each chore that’s appropriate for them. From setting the table and unloading the dishwasher to dusting and sweeping, a magnet is a reminder of their responsibility.

By rewarding your children for following their chore magnet independently (we suggest Blue Bee custom printed stickers because kids just love them), you’ll soon find them eager to help without your reminders.

Themed Custom Magnets for Each Month

To make your whiteboard feel a bit more special, you can design a larger magnet for each month. Young children will benefit from associating each month’s name with seasonal themes, and your command center will feel more decorative. In fact, we daresay it’s downright fun to put up a beautiful new month’s magnet!

Young children love to learn as they help you, so take the opportunity to talk about the month’s name and seasonal associations as you prepare the first week of the month.

If you’d like assistance designing custom magnets for your family’s command center whiteboard, please contact us directly. We look forward to helping you create a system that will streamline your busy schedule.

Teaching Kids About Time Management with Custom Magnets

You nag, you beg, and you plead but you just can’t seem to get your kids to manage their own time effectively. With so many distractions, electronics, and activities it can seem impossible to balance it all. Custom magnets can teach kids how to better manage their time on their own and take the pressure off of you.

Daily Tasks:

What do your kids do when they first get up in the morning? Is it a struggle for them to get out the door for school? Most kids need help remembering their homework projects, gym sneakers, lunch bag, face mask, and other supplies, especially now that school doesn’t look exactly like it did prior to the pandemic.

Custom magnets are a great way to create a checklist of common daily tasks. Permanent tasks like brushing teeth, getting dressed, feeding pets, and cleaning up breakfast can be printed as a list. Tasks that vary can be written in dry erase marker on blank lines beneath it, like bringing a musical instrument for band practice or packing a signed permission slip that don’t happen every day. Only after all the tasks are checked off can kids watch TV or play.

Choreboards:

A great character builder for teaching kids responsibility is giving them chores to do around the house. You’ll get far less resistance if they can manage their own time doing it and set their own expectations. If one child’s job is to clean the bathroom, they may get frustrated trying to do it all in one day. Instead, break each room down into manageable sections that can be tackled each day.

Day one, clean mirror; day two, clean sink; day three, clean toilet; day four, clean bathtub; day five, clean floor; day six, empty garbage, and day seven, everything is done! You can stick the magnet on the medicine cabinet and they can check off as they go.

Breaking Down Projects into Pieces:

Most parents groan when their child gets a project assigned at school, knowing that they will end up doing a big chunk of the work. At the beginning of the project, help them break it down into manageable pieces. Use a project magnet to track the tasks and when each needs to be finished. After a few projects, your child will get better at managing projects on their own.

Managing Activities:

How often are your kids cramming for weekly events the night before? Are they prepared for their tutoring session? Have they practiced for dance lessons? Are they scrambling to find their gear each time? Use magnets for each activity with a daily practice reminder for the week and a list of supplies needed.

Goal Setting:

Helping kids set goals is an important life skill. Sit down with them to talk about things they want to accomplish and when. If they want to save up enough money for a new bike by summer, determine how much they will need to earn in addition to their allowance. Help them plan a lemonade stand or other way of raising the funds in addition to household chores. Having a goal magnet visible on the fridge helps kids keep the target in mind so that they’ll continue to work toward their goal.  

The Many Uses of Custom Design Magnets

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Magnets come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs!

Magnets can be found and used in just about any life circumstance. By creating your own unique custom design magnets, you can choose the perfect color scheme and design style to fit your needs. When you choose Blue Bee Printing, your magnets will require very little upkeep. They’ll also have a long life span with minimal fading.

Do you have (or know someone who has) a collection of magnets on your refrigerator from places you’ve visited and/or businesses you support?

Have you ever seen customized brands or logos on the side of a vehicle?

These are only a few of the ways magnets can be both fun and useful. Magnets are:

  1. An eye-catching way to share a short message
  2. Easy to stick to and remove from any metal surface
  3. A breeze to create with the help of Blue Bee Printing

Custom designed magnets are a great way to make otherwise dull recurring appointment reminders more memorable and interesting. For example, patients who are due for a dental cleaning can easily affix their custom appointment reminder to their fridge and avoid losing it in a pile of papers.

messy desk with sticky notes

Some other ways to use unique custom magnets include:

  • ‘Save the Date’ cards

  • Wedding invitations

  • Annual holiday cards

  • Party invitations

  • Birth announcements

  • Business grand opening

  • School awards/accomplishments

  • Customized gifts

  • Personalized student rewards (for teachers)

  • Business cards

  • Advertisement for a company/event

    Imagine visibility of your company logo  front and center on as many fridges, laptops, and other home goods as possible!

Paper and plastic business cards are often discarded, but a durable magnetic business card creates significantly less waste while providing a continual reminder of the service(s) you provide. The next time your customer is in need of your particular skillset, they’ll have your magnet as a ready reminder of who to call.

custom design magnets

More and more companies are using magnetic company car signs that can b used on company-owned as well as employee-owned vehicles.  Car sign magnets are easy to affix to any car, without leaving any sticky residue behind upon removal.

In addition to using customized magnets for invitations, reminders and advertising, many people are now using magnets to decorate and organize a space. Personalized magnets can quickly spruce up a kitchen, office, child’s bedroom, playroom and more. They can be used in a home office to organize bins and label files. In a child’s playroom or bedroom (on a diy magnetic wall), customized letter magnets can encourage young children to begin experimenting with spelling.

custom design magnets

Kids can also use their custom magnets on the refrigerator. Your fridge is essentially a giant display area – take advantage of it and create magnets with memorable quotes or photos of family, friends, or pets!

Organizing your home and home office simply becomes more exciting with the use of magnets. A magnetic calendar can be easier to manage with personalized magnets, especially if you have kids. A chore chart becomes effortless when using easily movable magnets to switch responsibilities each week, or as often as desired.

In summation, custom design magnets can enhance your business’s advertising and make life a bit easier when it comes to home and office organization. Magnets are a great way to create long-lasting items that would have otherwise taken up more space in a landfill. They can also make great gifts, kid activities, reminders, invitations, rewards and personalized cards. Get creative and make your next personalized magnet today!