I have given in to one pile of papers being on the dining table or living room side table as there is always a bill to mail or form to fill or article to read. I am very happy with how organized our little idea turned out.....
We first had to decide between this wall where the aprons are (there is a brick chimney under there which means hanging is hard. Those nails the aprons are on were already there.)
Or here on the side of the fridge and next to the sink.
Per Ryan's good point of standing at the sink a lot, this spot won. The metal board and towel bar are from Ikea and were less than $20 total.
There is room for the family calendar, recipes for the week, and current activities and coupons are housed in that clip at the top.
Our individual and family calendars automatically sync (thanks to Steve Jobs,) and I added the recycling, large item pick-up, and Ben's school calendars so we only need one calendar displayed. I also love that I can now look back at our weekly menus for ideas and to reduce repetition.
My genius engineer husband also came up with this idea for cooking, and I just move the clip to the side when not in use. It was quite handy to be able to read and stir this week.