“That’s a big to-do list!” people say the first time they come into my kitchen. Then they look a bit closer. “Oh, no, it’s not a to-do list, is it?...What's lock-hopping?!”
Nope, this is absolutely not a place to scribble down drudgy things like ‘Milk, bread, bananas’ or ‘Fix toilet roll holder’. This is an ideas board. Inspiration for future fun and life-to-be-lived. Somewhere to put good ideas magpied from magazines or websites or the outside world. Somewhere to put those ideas that ping into my head when I'm in the shower or that boing out of a conversation with a friend.
Making it was easy. It’s a piece of MDF painted with blackboard paint and screwed to the wall. Simples. But its more powerful than the sum of its parts. Here's what it does.
2.It makes things happen! Having these ideas constantly hovering in front of my eyes when I’m unloading the dishwasher or getting peas out the freezer keeps them fresh in my mind and makes them much, much more likely to happen. It turns a ‘we could do that one day’ mentality into a ‘let's do it today’ reality.
3.It empties out my head. I don’t have to carry around all those ideas like a big black scribble inside my head anymore – or have little lists on scraps of paper all over the house like I used to. In fact, I sometimes joke that this board is the contents of my head.
Oh, and just in case you're wondering what 'lock-hopping' is, it's a half-baked idea that came to me while sitting by a canal lock one sunny day.
Lock-hopping: Hitching a ride on a canal boat at a lock, changing boat every time you get to the next lock. The aim is to see how far you can get and to meet and talk to as many people as possible.