05 May 2011

Write reminders on the bathroom mirror with dry erase marker

Amazon: BIC Great Erase Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Point, Assorted, 4 Dry Erase Markers We've talked before about using the bathroom mirror as a notice board, but the purpose was to track medicine dosages. Kimberly expanded on the idea to boost her memory:

I don't know about you, but my memory isn't what it used to be. And whenever I do remember something, I'm never around paper and a pen. I'm usually in my bathroom either brushing my teeth, fixing my daughter's hair, or cleaning the sink, and so on. I tried keeping a notpad in there but it didn't do well with the humidity.

One day while I was writing some things down on my daughter's dry-erase board for her school work, it dawned on me: use the mirror to write your notes on! So, I took a dry-erase pen into the bathroom, wrote a little note to see if it would work and it did!

From then on, I have left a dry-erase marker in my bathroom and I'm not forgetting as much as I once was. It's also niffty to have on hand when you want to write a little love note to someone special.

I keep my iPhone in my pocket to jot down these sorts of reminders. One of the reasons I love my robe with pockets...my iPhone goes with me first thing in the morning.

Do you jot reminders to yourself in an unexpectedly useful place?

Related: Six things about which you may not realize you need reminders

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I used this to remember when we pulled out new toothbrushes or I started new contact lenses until my 4 year old got offended I was making the mirror dirty :). I used a large mirror in my dorm room in college to study for tests and make notes as well :)

We have a large picture window in the living room. My kids often like to draw there. It's especially nice when it rains: connect-the-dots anyone?

I use lipstick on the bathroom mirror - it's more readily available in there :)

We have white tile on our kitchen countertops. I use a dry-erase marker on the tile to leave notes for my kids (next to their lunches). Just stay away from the grout lines.

My wife and I have a whiteboard by the front door that lists all the items we typically need before taking a car trip with our 8-month old. It's not only easy to change but it removes the worry of forgetting things before heading out.

My husband and I text each other reminders for ourselves.

I sometimes jot notes on my iPhone but I find they go unnoticed. I have the short-term memory of a flea, so the mirror idea seems like a worthwhile thing to try.

Wet-erase markers (regular art pens) work too and aren't stinky.

the bathroom mirror can apply a mirror demister for a fog free mirror after shower.nrg mirror defogger

I use a china pencil (the kind that has a little string and you peel off the paper) on the bathroom mirror to keep track of my daughter's info when she's sick. I record the time, her temperature and the dosage of medicine (and the type, if we're alternating Advil and Tylenol). It works really well because it's right where we keep the thermometer and medicine, and my husband can step right in and realize when she's due for another dose if I'm busy with another task.

P.S. It wipes off easily with a paper towel, too!

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