This is my office. It's actually kind of cozy as far as state employee offices go. I have four walls, a door, and--absolute joy!--a window, all of which are major perks in a land where cubicles are more often the norm. What I didn't have, before a few days ago that is, is a place to put my sticky notes.
I just recently became a convert to the sticky note as a way to remember things. Most often, they're thoughts that don't have a designated place yet, but need to not be forgotten.
"Watch senate bill #2."
"Ponder weird issue x that will be coming up five cases from now."
I was originally just sticking them to my wall, but then they would fall off into the no-man's land between the wall and my desk. Then I had nightmares about forgetting something important because it fell behind my desk, and becoming a cautionary tale to young attorneys....beware the lost sticky note!
Bottom line: my clients' freedom should not depend on the strength of post-it glue.
So, I wandered to the antique mall. I was originally looking for a metal tray, when I found a big box of old license plates. I wasn't sure if they were made of metal or not, but--right at that perfect second--an older man walked by who looked like he might be able to tell me. (He just had that look about him--like he knew useful stuff.)
He did not actually know, sadly, but he did have a magnet in his pocket which was just as good. Turns out, all Kansas license plates before '76 were made of magnet-able metal. A trip to the hardware store for some super-duper strong magnets, and I can sleep soundly again.
The reason I'm posting this, however, is not to assure you all that I'm sleeping well. It's that I think these would also work great for by the phone, in the kitchen, near the door--basically any place you need a bulletin board, but would rather do somethin' vintagey.
Go forth and find some cool license plates!