Chalkboard paint is one of those little inventions that can totally change the way we do things 鈥 or at least come in really, really handy. No mama wants to spend her oh-so-precious time scanning school supply websites for a clunky chalkboard just to write her family鈥檚 soccer/t-ball/dance/karate/swimming schedule on. That鈥檚 where chalkboard paint comes in. It鈥檚 affordable, it鈥檚 versatile, and it鈥檚 a lifesaver for artsy and craft-averse parents alike. Scroll on for seven easy chalkboard paint tricks that鈥檒l give your life a major upgrade.

1. Boredom Buster: Instead of having to stop whatever you鈥檙e doing and hunt for paper, paints, crayons, and glitter to entertain your kiddo, a wall of chalkboard is鈥 well, kind of just there. Outline a massive rectangle with painter鈥檚 tape, fill it in with chalkboard paint, and there you have it: a low-maintenance art activity that鈥檚 available all the time.

2. Scheduling Hack: Again, buying a chalkboard (or a white board) takes time. There are so many options out there, and you have no idea which one will fit in your space. And then you have to figure out how to hang this gargantuan creature on your kitchen or family room wall. No thank you! Just turn one of your walls into a DIY chalkboard, draw a grid on it, and start adding your family鈥檚 weekly schedule.

3. List Twist: There鈥檚 never any paper when you need it, and don鈥檛 even start looking for a pen. You鈥檙e lucky if you find half a crayon. But that doesn鈥檛 stop your fam from listing off all the things they need. Chalkboard paint to the rescue! A strategically placed swatch and a tiny container of chalk (try reusing an old yogurt container) make for an instant list.

4. Writing Reminders: Picture this: You鈥檙e leaving for work at 7am, but your S.O. and the kids aren鈥檛 making their way to daycare until 8am. You don鈥檛 want to get in the way of their routine, or wake them up earlier than necessary, so you leave behind a note鈥 a note that no one sees, because it鈥檚 on a Post-it that fell onto the floor and was promptly eaten by the dog. A wall covered in chalkboard paint lets you graffiti mega-sized notes to each other, without the fear that they鈥檒l get lost in the ether.

5. Crafty Containers: Chalkboard paint is a great way to label all of those mason jars you鈥檝e been saving. With the swipe of a piece of chalk, you can organize pantry items, the kids鈥 art supplies, and lord knows what else. Best of all, you can always erase and rewrite, so your DIY storage system stays super versatile.

6. Gifts Galore: Don鈥檛 settle for the same-old, same-old for Grandma this year. True, she won鈥檛 complain that she鈥檚 getting yet another holiday card finger print painting, but you want to gift your own mama with something special. Cover just about anything (except food) with chalkboard paint and you鈥檝e got a completely crafty and simple-to-make present.

7. Study Buddy: Whether your little one is just starting to learn her ABCs or she鈥檚 already writing her name, chalkboard paint is a serious game-changer when it comes to practicing everything from the alphabet to addition. A wall, some chalk, and a little tutoring by you can get your child completely into the learning process!

Do you have a favorite chalkboard paint craft? Share yours and tweet us @BritandCo!

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