Rather than jotting down household messages and to-dos on loose pieces of scratch paper, consider this vintage-style Luns magnetic chalkboard.
This handsome blackboard can serve as a central station for all your home-based communications, such as reminders to pay bills or handle repairs. A wooden-slot shelf holds important mail. A nice way to keep key tasks and messages front and center. $15 at IKEA or www.ikea.com.