No, this isn’t a kinky post about pink feathers and boudoirs. It’s about the more mundane, but (possibly) more important concept of remembering to do things at the right time.
Electronic (or paper) calendars are an obvious solution, but many people need a more visual prompt for the item which needs to be acted on, paid, or sent with the kids to school, on a certain day.
Check out these options and tell me which is your favorite tickler.
Daily corkboard organizers by Uncorked give you seven mini bulletin boards, and pins for each day of the week. These would look really cool hung side-by-side in a kitchen or home office:
Pottery Barn used to offer a standard “tickler” system, with 1-31 numbered slots in a desk organizer. However, for most domestic purposes, that felt a bit like overkill – and looked to me as if it belonged in a Dickens novel. I prefer this concept, the Cubby Organizer. Beware though, with 25 numbered slots, you might need to be creative for tasks which fall in the last week of the month.
These Do/Ponder/File folders are a friendly reminder not to take your paperwork too seriously. However, you will have to remember to check their contents regularly: “file it and forget it” will not fly here!
Finally, in the spirit of saving the best for last, check out this wonderful Clothesline Organizing System by Freckled Laundry for an example of how to give the Pottery Barn design team a serious run for their money, for much less cash. Be sure to click through to see photos of the complete system.
I pay almost all of our bills online automatically, with the exception of our hefty Property Tax bill, which just arrived in the mail. It’s against all my principles to pay something of this size too early, but forgetting about it could be really expensive, too. I’m marking my calendar but will be pinning it on the wall, too, with one of my new map magnets made by Miss Chief at Etsy.
How do you keep an eye on future paperwork? Or should I say, how do you like to be tickled?