12 DIY Boards to Organize Your Life
Last week, when I revealed my extra-large pin board, how many of you chuckled (or rolled your eyes!) that I was sharing yet another DIY board project?!? Truth is, as I looked back through all my posts and projects over the years, I have done A LOT of DIY board projects! From magnetic to cork and everything in between, I guess I really have a thing for putting notes, ideas, reminders and more up on my walls! I just find that they are so easy and fun to make, and are really a great way to organize different aspects of life. Today, I thought it would be fun to re-visit all the DIY boards I’ve made. If you’re looking to organize your life, surely one of these boards can help you out!
Fabric-Covered Bulletin Board. One of my most visited posts in the history of this blog is how to cover a basic, store-bought bulletin board with fabric. I’ve done this time and time again, re-doing the fabric for each space this board lands in, most recently in our entryway!
Gold-Striped Cork Board. The same cork board got a super simple and effective (however, more permanent!) update with the application of gold stripes! If you have an old cork board or want to customize a board to match a space, painting it is a great and easy update!
Reversible Cork and Memo. I paired an old, beat-up cork board with a sheet of dry-erase-covered MDF (from Home Depot) to make this flippable board for our last playroom. Henry loved pinning up projects on one side while coloring on the other!
Dotted Cork Board. I couldn’t resist scooping up these little cork circles when I found them on clearance at the craft store. Securing the circles to a basic frame transformed them into one darling and functional pin board for Henry’s bedroom!
Extra-Large Pin Board (with acrylic dry-erase surface). This pin board + dry erase surface is my latest office addition. It’s made out of a foam insulation sheet and acrylic, and I am loving having ample room to pin up projects and write down blog posts and reminders!
Preppy Magnetic Memo Boards. These adorable magnetic memo boards are one of my all-time favorite DIY projects. They were fashioned from basic sheet metal from the hardware store, wood trim, L-brackets, and vinyl monograms. I can’t find a good spot for them in our current house, so they sit in the garage waiting for the next one!
Magnetic Memo Board. My magnetic meal planning system is by far the most popular project on my site, which prompted me to sell templates right here on my site so you can make your own. If you’re looking to get your meal planning process in serious order, be sure to check this one out!
Magnetic USA Memo Board. This is an oldie but true goodie! A magnetic board, painted with stripes and a USA (all using spray paint!) makes for a charming memo board. But for military families or frequent movers, the heart magnets are also a fun way to commemorate all the places you’ve lived!
Dry-Erase Frames from Old Doors. This project was born out of a need (a place to write notes and my blog schedule) and opportunity (an excuse to use old cabinet doors I had sitting in the garage). Even I was surprised at how well these worked, and honestly, I was a bit sad to give them up when I upgraded to my new large pin board.
Simple Meal Planning Board. My full-month meal planning system (see above) is great for busy households who need to streamline their planning and shopping. However, if you’re looking for a simpler way to plan your meals for a single week, this board is simple and effective!
Sticky Note Reminder Board. This sticky note reminder board was one of my favorite elements of our last command center. I loved being able to jot down reminders and tasks and assign them (and move them!) to the right category or person, as necessary! There are still times I use this sticky note system to keep work flow organized, just without the dedicated fancy board!
Hanging Jewelry Board. Updating this jewelry board for our new bedroom (and my expanding jewelry collection!) is actually at the top of my current project list. Using hardware to hold and store jewelry so that it can be easily seen and accessed is so wonderful. Using hardware to hold different jewelry items is a fun way to use all those fancy and funky knobs and handles you see in stores!
Do you guys share my infatuation with boards for organizing various aspects of your life? From jewelry and mail to ideas and meals, using wall space is a great small-space strategy as well as a tried-and-true organization method! I’d love to know if you ever give one of these a try and how it works out for you!
And with that, I’m finishing out a crazy week. I’ve got some fun things planned for the weekend, and some great content lined up for next week…so be sure to come back and see me soon!
4 Comments on “12 DIY Boards to Organize Your Life”
I should probably do something like this to go with the to do list you did recently. I tend to work better if I have a to do list I can cross things off of. And if I have a place to add everything my kids are into, who knows I might become super productive! I have a generic calendar that helps, but finding markers to use for it is always a challenge!
Thanks for sharing. So fun to see the different things you have made and how they function in your house.
I think my infatuation with boards comes from growing up in a household where there were SO many piles and we could never find anything. I think if it’s pinned up intentionally, I’ll at least know where to look for it when the time comes, lol!
Even I was a bit embarrassed how many I have done over the years…nice to have them all in one tidy spot now though!
Once again so many lovely ideas you share with us !
I must say I’m not used at all to put boards on my walls, maybe to see writings on them are disturbing for me as I’m not used to, I could analyze it ! 🙂 I find the ones you made so beautiful and useful so I must think of changing my mind. Have a great week-end, in France we have a real indian summer this november ! Michèle
i hope your week is off to a great start! We are having unseasonably warm temperatures here in the US too! I don’t mind so much, just as long as the brutal heat doesn’t come back for a while!
I hate piles, so I find pinning things up helps me more! I go batty when I can’t find what I’m looking for, ha!