The floor plans at Cambridge Court offer 347 or 453 square feet of living space. While that might seem small if you’re moving from a larger family home, the intelligent floor plans ensure you have plenty of room for a bedroom, living area, kitchenette, bathroom and closet. And don’t forget that you’re able to spread out and spend time enjoying common areas, dining areas and other amenities throughout the community.
Still, you do have to make some choices about what you’re going to bring into your assisted living apartment, and wall space is not infinite. One thing you might want to consider including in your décor is a pretty whiteboard, which can serve a number of purposes and help you organize things and save space.
Opt for a high-quality board that will look great long-term. You may also want a board that includes multiple functions, such as one with a bulletin board piece that accepts push-pins or one that’s magnetic so you can add paper notes to it easily.
You may also want to ensure you get low-odor markers to use with your board. Otherwise, you may not want to write on it because the smell of high-odor markers can be unpleasant.
Install your whiteboard in a place that’s easy for you to reach so you’re more likely to use it. Here are some options for putting a whiteboard to work in your apartment.
A whiteboard is a great place to make lists of any kind. Color code with different markers, and you can have several lists going at once. Not sure what you might want to list? Here are some ideas.
• Lists of books or movies you want to read or see but keep forgetting about.
• Lists of podcasts, television shows or anything else people recommend to you and you want to remember to check them out later.
• Items you need for your apartment, from grocery supplies to personal care products.
• Names of people or concerns you want to keep in your prayers.
The residents of Cambridge Court can be some of the busiest people we know. When they’re not participating in activities from the full community calendar, they’re often dashing to medical appointments or shopping trips, visiting with friends, volunteering their time or working on a personal project.
Keeping up with all those plans can sometimes be difficult. A whiteboard makes it easy. You can map out the week’s schedule ahead of time and wipe it clean to start fresh each Sunday. You can also get whiteboards that have permanently printed, undated calendars on them if you know you’ll use your board for this purpose more often than not.
A magnetic board or one that offers corkboard space lets you keep important paperwork right beside your to-do lists. When it’s time to cross off or erase the line item about paying a bill or completing a form, that piece of paperwork is right there waiting.
This is typically only an ideal solution for someone who regularly clears their paper to-do items, though. Otherwise, you might create a catch all where dozens of pieces of paper hang out for ages. That just makes for a cluttered and unattractive space on your wall.
Your entire whiteboard doesn’t have to be dedicated to productive tasks, though. Consider placing a favorite picture of the grandkids or an image from nature that inspires you on the board with a push pin or magnet — depending on what type of board you have.
You might also use part or even all of the board to write an inspirational quote each day or week. You might put a quote that addresses something you’re dealing with or write a Scripture verse you’re trying to memorize, for example.
Phone numbers, your health insurance group numbers, the names of all your medications along with dosages — any information you might need to reference quickly can live on a whiteboard, Just make sure your whiteboard isn’t in an area where just anyone can see it, such as right near your entry door, if you’re going to post some sensitive information on it. You’ll also want to avoid having the whiteboard show up in any photographs you take, especially if they might be posted to social media.
Finally, a white board can be a great place to jot stray thoughts as you’re going about your day. You can collect the worthier of the thoughts in a planner, notebook or computer file at the end of the day or week.