Monday, November 26, 2018

If You're a List Maker...

Like so many other people, I make lists. Lots of lists. I have them on scraps of paper, on sticky notes on my phone and computer screens, in programs like One Note and I even have some ancient, creaky note-taking app on my Kindle.

But there are some lists that I just use over and over again (most of mine deal with the steps I need to follow in order to convert my books to ebook and print versions, but I also have shopping lists and task lists I use on a daily, weekly or monthly basis).

My write on wipe off sleeves for check lists

For those, I love these handy write on, wipe off sleeves. I can create a list on my computer, print off a single copy, stick it in a sleeve and check things off as I need them. Then, when I'm done, I just wipe off my check marks and the list is ready to be used again.

The sleeves come in pretty neon colors (they're really meant for classrooms) and they have holes, so they can be hung on a bulletin board if one wishes to do that. They're not inexpensive. The newest economy version on Amazon costs $12.99 for 10 sleeves, although these come with markers. Mine, purchased several years ago, didn't. But the headaches they've saved me are worth it.
Write on wipe off sleeves

Another dry erase alternative - write on wipe off sleeves

Update: As noted in the comments below, Oriental Trading Company also sells ones like these that are side loading as well as ones with magnets for hanging.
side loading dry erase sleeve

And yes, I know I could just print out a new list each time, but these are paper savers. I really like that!

Happy list making!



Laney4 said...

I've never heard nor seen these before; interesting....
I clicked on the first image and was surprised that there weren't THREE punched (side) holes rather than just the one at the top, although it DOES make (more) sense to hang them from the top. I can also see that having the side holes would allow them to be placed in a larger binder with all sorts of "subdivisions" on each "page" so that one's workspace wouldn't appear so cluttered....
I previously used sheet protectors for my recipe pages (in a binder) so that I wouldn't get my pages greasy/dirty. After years of doing this, I finally took them all out (they took up too much space, what with hundreds of recipes I've typed out through the years) and now have to reprint some of the pages when they become too disgusting for my liking. In other words, I have not been a paper saver. Me bad....
Thanks for sharing. It's good to think outside the box, and you've definitely given me something to think about.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I like the sheet protector idea. That would be a money saver.

Also, I think the reason the holes are at the top is because these are meant primarily for elementary school teachers (just judging by the photos) who want to reuse children's worksheets rather than repeatedly recopying them for different groups. (And just after I typed that, I saw others that indicated they were for shop tickets in businesses, so...never mind.

Any way you put it, the 3 holes on the side would be useful for the rest of us. There's more than enough room on the side to make your own holes and still have room for a sheet of paper, but they're a bit tall for a standard binder, so I'm not sure how well that would work.

The ones I have are quite sturdy, but I'm not sure if the quality is consistent with different manufacturers (there were quite a few choices on Amazon). I've seen these in office supply stores over in the teacher sections, but I've never priced them out there.

I see that Oriental Trading Company also sells them with the openings on the side as well as magnetic ones (I'll update the post above to include those). Amazon carries those, too, but they're more expensive.

Let me know if you come up with any more good ways to do this. Thank you for contributing! I hadn't thought of sheet protectors.