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Both of my children are growing up and getting more involved with their own activities, as they should be. The challenge is keeping track of who needs to be where, when and with what. So, we write notes to each other on the bathroom mirror with dry-erase markers!
Everything from "late start today" to "orthodontist appt at 3:30" to "please take out the trash" or just "I love you!" My daughter writes her work schedules (multiple jobs) on her mirror, so I have a clue where she might be at a given time. The dry-erase markers wipe right off whit a washcloth or piece of paper towel.
I love this idea! I leave for work before the boyfriend gets up, so marking the bathroom mirror is the perfect way to leave him little reminders. :)
When I am in the bathroom each morning putting my makeup on and doing my hair, I am always thinking of things I need to do (Dr. appointments, errands to run, calls to make, gifts to get, birthday reminders, etc.) or stuff I need to buy at the store.
One day I had a dry erase marker in my bathroom drawer (why I even put it there in the first place is beyond me). I got it out and began writing my thoughts on the mirror. Wow, this was a life saver for me!
When I'm done in the bathroom I transfer the list to paper and put it in my purse immediately. If it is something that needs to be done around the house I leave it on the mirror until it is done (or if company is coming over, I write it down elsewhere). I hope this works well for you too!
I have a great little computer program that I use to remind me of everything from Birthdays to important appointments. It gives you a calendar and you can set up reminders to be sent to you via e-mail. Since I am on my computer each day, I find it very useful. Hope this helps others. www.mymemorizer.com
When you need to leave a note for the kids, spouse, cat sitter, etc. write it on the mirror with a white-board (dry erase) marker. The marker will come off with a swipe of a kleenex or washcloth, and you'll be relatively certain they saw the note. I leave notes to myself on my bathroom mirror if I remember something I need to take to work the next day.
I also leave notes for my daughter on the hall mirror where she does her makeup before school. She leaves notes for me on the same mirror. It works!
By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA
I tried leaving notes to myself on the mirror, and no matter how large I wrote, or how large a piece of paper was that I wrote it on, I'd look around it without realizing what I was doing and never see the note. So I came up with an alternative.
If I have to set the clock to get up for whatever reason, I wrap a large piece of paper around the clock so that I have to remove it in order to shut off the alarm. By the time I've removed the paper, I'm awake.
Also I stick a large 8½x11 piece of paper in the middle of the TV screen and another in the middle of the computer screen, each with the note (written with a bold magic marker) that I'm leaving to myself.
Every morning, the first thing I do is turn on the TV so I can see the weather, then I check my emails. By having these notes on the screens, I have to read them before I can see the TV or the computer.
Now I never miss an appointment!
I have been using dry erase markers on my bathroom mirror to list appointments and things to do. You can use a different color for each subject and/or family member.
When I need to do something in the AM, I jot a note on the bathroom mirror with a dry-erase marker at night. I see it as I am dressing and brushing teeth, and I can then wipe it off the mirror with a tissue.
To remember something for the next day, I use an old/stale lipstick to write a one-word reminder on my bathroom or vanity mirror.
Hang small dry erase makers beside all the mirrors in your house and when you think of something that needs to be done or something that you need to buy, grab a pen and write it on a mirror!
With a busy schedule, leaving notes and messages becomes a 'way of life'. I got tired of the kids 'not seeing' the notes I left, so I came up with a way I knew they couldn't miss. I use dry erase markers on their bathroom mirrors.
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I keep a dry-erase marker in the bathroom and write myself a note right on the mirror to remind myself of something for the morning. Wipes right off with a tissue!
This is a great idea!! (10/29/2004)
Just be sure to periodically use some sort of cleaner. I have been using this method for years and have noticed that when the mirror steams previous messages reappear in the steam. I leave my husband notes in the hall bathroom and I always clean the mirror with cleaner before company comes so that they don't read previously written messages after they shower, that I don't want them reading ;o) (10/30/2004)
This is a great idea! I am always leaving myself messages and I always have to look in the mirror! Its perfect. But ya, you do need to clean it once in a while. (07/29/2006)
I used leave my daughter before school notes. Just to say good morning have a good day at school, those kinds of things. Then we started leaving all of our messages on the bathroom mirror. She is grown now and just told me the other day she really looked forward to seeing those messages first thing in the morning and the last thing before she left the house. (03/28/2008)