“These are the papers that run my life,” says Bevin Tierney, a Morristown, New Jersey, stay-at-home mom of the permission slips, schedules, invitations, and more that were thumbtacked three layers deep on her bulletin board. “I kept putting them up and attacking my to-dos one at a time without ever throwing anything away or looking at the big picture. And I could never find a calendar that was large enough to handle all our family’s activities.” And with a family of six―including Sean and Brendan, both 8; Connor, 7; and Kendall, 4½―there are always plenty of activities.
Found on (and Tossed From) Bevin’s Board
- 1 expired $100 spa certificate
- 3 summers’ worth of swimming-lesson schedules
- 1 invalid $4 coupon for Baskin-Robbins (“I totally would have used that,” says Bevin)
- 1 year-old request for blood work from Bevin’s doctor
- 1 recreation brochure from 2007
- 8 school lunch menus