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.
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.
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.