One thing you learn about motherhood is that “pregnancy brain” seems to no longer just be a pregnancy symptom…it’s become a perma fixture between cleaning smashed goldfish crackers from the rug and the rare moments you get to pee or poop alone (or maybe I’m only speaking about myself and my girlfriends).
Oh there are days sometimes weeks were I’m dominating motherhood and making it my B____. But then there are those days were you run to Target for TWO items, two items you had spoken to your husband about a number of times, trash bags & wood cleaner…and five minutes into the store and wait….ummm what was it……???? and blank. It is beyond irritating especially when your toddler is freaking out that the iPad shut off (of course because I forgot to charge it) during a Caillou episode and begins to toss goldfish all over the isle. Gotta love those moments right? Well this particular instance I was an idiot for not writing the two objects down before I left. But when I pulled out of the garage I knew what I needed as well as the lyrics to the Fresh Prince theme song. Good thing my husband was working from home that day and I called him to check my chalkboard memo pad to save a wasted Target trip.
Enter today’s DIY project. Because my memory seems permanently to slip here and there, I needed something in the kitchen to record needed grocery items. Of course I could use one of the cute notepads, and I did. But I love my pretty paper and I seemed to waste a lot of my notepads on one or two item lists. Always looking for something to chalk paint I picked up a cheap clipboard from Staples (under $2) to make a DIY chalkboard memo pad.
I taped off the top so there would be a nice clean line of paint. I used a plastic bag to cover the remaining top with the clasp. Using the spray chalk paint I had left over from the DIY chalk tags I gave the clipboard three coats of paint. Remember you need to give a 3-4 hour window in between coats. Once dry I peeled off the plastic bag, tied some rope to the clasp and on the other end tied a piece of chalk (so I don’t have to rummage around trying to find it). And viola….I have a notepad that I can use over and over and not waste my pretty paper! Plus this now gives my husband a known area to write down items he finishes like the milk…
To keep this out of view but within reach in the kitchen I hung it inside my pantry with a 3M plastic hook. I have seen people paint the inside of their pantry or cabinet door with chalk paint to create reminders or lists. I have a spice rack that takes up most of my pantry door and this mini chalk clipboard can move wherever I want it to. All I have to do is peel the 3M tape off and reapply it to another cabinet if I want.
Next time I leave the house I just need to remember to actually write down the items on paper or in my phone!