Work Better: White Boards to Help Keep You Organized

From shopping lists to strategy, write here, write now.

Woman writing on white board.
Write it on a white board—at home or the office.Unsplash

There’s dispute over who invented the white board—more properly known as the dry erase board—but we do know that they became broadly available in the 1960s. However it was only in the 1990s, when schools started to worry about students inhaling chalk dust and replaced old-style black boards with white ones, that they started to become really popular. Now, at home, or in the office, dry-erase boards are indispensable.

VIZ-PRO Magnetic Dry Erase Board, 36 X 24 Inches, Silver Aluminium Frame
Easy wipe surface that can be mounted horizontally or vertically with supplied fixing kit. Available in a range of sizes to fit any space.VIZ-PRO

It stands to reason that you should measure the wall space you have available before picking your whiteboard, and it’s also worth checking that the board you buy can be mounted both vertically and horizontally. You might think that it doesn’t much matter which way you hang it, but if your pen tray ends up hanging off the side, rather than the bottom, of the board, it will be apparent that it does.

Flexible Full Fridge Magnetic Dry Erase White Board for Fridge 29x21 inch
Pliable sheet with special backing that uses magnet technology to attach to a metal surface. Can be cut to size and comes with pens and eraser.Yuc

If you want to leave notes on the fridge but don’t want to risk them falling off, and would rather save the trees, then turning your fridge into a whiteboard could be the answer. While you can get adhesive backed whiteboards, if you want something that can be easily removed in the future, a thin magnetic backed whiteboard is a better solution. Bear in mind that unless they’re very strong, other magnets may not be as easy to stick to this type of board as they are to others.

AmazonBasics Magnetic Framed Dry Erase White Board, 36 x 48 Inch
Doubles as a bulletin board—use magnets to post up notes and lists on its specially painted steel surface.AmazonBasics

While you’re outfitting your new whiteboard, consider which pens to buy. Whiteboard pens might have a reputation for smelling strongly of solvents, but the new generation are different. Low odour, with non-toxic inks, they’re safe to use pretty much anywhere. For smaller boards, look for pens with a finer tip which will make it easier to write neatly.