When my brother and I were teenagers, my parents had a dry erase board hanging next to the door we used as our main entry point to the house. All of us, parents included, were to write where we were going and what time we expected to return on the board as we left the house. We didn’t have cell phones and we didn’t get an answering machine until my senior year of high school, so this dry erase board was our way of keeping track of everyone.
If we changed our plans, we either had to first come by the house and write it on the board or call and hopefully reach someone at home to change the information on the board for us. We also kept appointment reminders (Dentist Tues. 2:00) and notes to ourselves (Don’t forget Kara’s math notes!) to help with the flow of life in the house.
Now, in my own home, I find that there are times when I still wish I had a dry erase board next to my door — even with cell phones and voice mail and the like. I’ll write messages on post it notes and stick them to the door as reminders for things I shouldn’t forget (Bank!). Thanks to the people at Apartment Therapy, though, it has come to my attention that I can have a giant dry erase board next to my door without having an unsightly dry erase board hanging there.
Dry Erase Markee Paint can turn any paintable surface into a dry erase board. The paint is transparent, so it can be applied over any existing paint in your home or office. The drawback is its price tag — $100 per gallon — but a dry erase board the size of your wall would certainly cost more than a hundred bucks. In my situation, I think it would be great for by our door, but it could be used in kids’ rooms, offices, classrooms, kitchens, and conference rooms. As an organizational tool, I think this is a wonderful idea.