I may have started out with a really bad pun (atrocious, at best), but I think it’s forgivable once you’ve had a moment to realize how helpful this one simple tool is. The bulletin board has been around forever, but I think it’s hardly utilized as often as it should be. If you don’t want to call it a bulletin board, don’t worry – it has a myriad of trendier names these days: message board, idea board, mood board, inspiration board…the list goes on. It’s hard to resist something called an inspiration board because I think we could all use a little more of that. In all seriousness, the new school semester is around the corner and whichever board you decide to use can tremendously help you organize your day to day activities, thoughts, and general existence. Or maybe it will just keep you inspired and dreaming.
The best part is all you need is an old fashioned cork board, which you can pick up for a few bucks at Target or any big box store. It’s how you use your cork board that matters!
The To-Do Board
No more post its and slips of paper piling up on your desk or vanity! Liberate yourself by pinning them on the wall on your board. The To-Do board should include a calendar (I know you have one on your phone, but sometimes it helps to just keep it out in front of you), a list pad or dry erase board, and any reference materials you may find helpful
The Mood Board / Inspiration Board
Lots of push pins, tape, or places to tack up pictures and small items you find inspirational or interesting. Customize your mood board to be aesthetically pleasing and to suit your own particular style.
The Message Board
This one is simple and to the point. Its best placement is near the entryway or in a high-traffic area where messages and notes can be left between roommates or significant others. Magentic boards or magnetic chalk boards make perfect message boards.