DIY Whiteboard Calendar

Organization is never easy with a cyclist. If you don’t know their schedule, you know NOTHING about your own schedule. 
Sad, but true.
When they train and/or compete dictates when they eat all day, when you can leave the house, what food you buy, how many loads of laundry you’ll do, how much food you make per meal, how many loads of dishes you’ll be doing, their mood, your mood, your sleep patterns, availability for other activities…the list goes on and on. 
So, it helps to have some organization in place. I had a whiteboard by the door…but no one wrote anything of importance on the board, which meant that I didn’t know we had houseguests coming to stay with us until THE DAY BEFORE THEY ARRIVED. (My husband made all the plans with the guests.) 
It was while our visitors were here (God love ‘em, they were wonderful) that I realized the whiteboard needed to be specifically for organization. So, I made my own Organizational Calendar. It was a cinch. Here’s how you can make your own!
DIY Whiteboard Calendar/Household Organizer
Step One: Gather Your Supplies.
You’ll need a whiteboard, dark permanent marker, dry-erase marker, painter’s or masking tape, a measuring device that can cover the length and width of your board, one piece of cardboard, scissors, and about 30 minutes.
Step Two: Measure Your Whiteboard and Decide on Your Section Sizes.
More important than the monthly calendar were three categories that I wanted at the top: a shopping list, a ‘reminders’ section, and Bobby’s training hours for the week. After measuring out my whiteboard, I made sure to create my three sections with the sizes I wanted, while also keeping in mind the size I wanted my calendar to be. 
A quick reminder: You’ll want your calendar to be 7x5. I purposely stopped my top sections (and a small middle section where I wrote the days of the week) at a distance divisible by 5. That way, I didn’t have to make any calculations in order to ensure my calendar’s rows were all the same height.
Step Three: Mark Out Your Special Sections.
Using the painter’s tape, mark your “special section” areas, making sure all the lines are straight. The best way to do this is to use your dry erase marker to make a few dots along each line as you measure out each section. 
Then, using your permanent marker, draw the lines against the painter’s tape. 
Step Four: Measure and Mark Out Your Calendar Sections.
Remembering that you’ll want to make 35 squares (7 wide, 5 tall), measure out your calendar, then use your dry erase marker to make dots along each line as you measure each section.
I suggest starting with the vertical lines (separating days of the week). I chose to make the weekend days bigger than the weekdays, since we tend to have busier weekends than weekdays, so I wanted space for more content. 
Again, just use the tape as your guide as you make each line with the permanent marker.
Step Five: Create Your “Date Squares”
Find a corner of the piece of cardboard, then cut a small square “notch” out of the corner (see photo).
Trace the notched edge into every square. 
Step Six: Headers
Write (in permanent marker) your days of the week, Section headers, etc. 
Hang it…and you’re done!
I hope your Calendar organizes your lives as much as mine has done for me! Let me know how your projects went!


Lindsay Sweeting was in the world of Marketing and Publicity in her previous life. These days you're more likely to see her running after her toddler than running a meeting, but she does her best to find time to create new recipes, come up with fun activities for her daughter, and write about the craziness that is life in the Sweeting house.

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