FAMILY COMMAND CENTER
My search for the perfect family command center all started with me thinking about preparing for back to school -Ugh. Not that I have a problem with my boys going back to school. School is the whole reason we moved this house (read about it here & here) but I do enjoy the more laid back schedule of the summer. Doesn’t everyone?
We have some 1st this year too. This is the first year my youngest, M- will be going to school for a full day. This is also the first year we will not have my father-in-law living with us as back up since I’ve started a full time job. So I thought I would start the school year off right and get organized.
When the plan first popped into my head I thought this would be easy. I think I run a pretty organized house already. We already have a designated spot in the entryway closet for the boys shoes, jackets and backpacks. I have a calendar, whiteboard, and a grocery list by the most visited spot in the house, the coffee maker. Then in the dining room there is the charging station and pens on top of a filing cabinet. I’m good (so I thought) All I am looking for is something to rangle the massive amount of papers that home everyday from school so they don’t get piled up on my counter top.
So I begin my search. About 2 minutes into my Pinterest search, I start getting the feeling I am a terribly unorganized mess! I’m seeing these images of these super thought out, beautifully arranged and aesthetically pleasing works of wall art.
Like this one from The Caldwell Project with the magnetic dry erase board.
Speaking of metal, there is this beauty from Pottery Barn with the 3 tier letter file bin that I love.
Next thing that comes to mind, “How have I survived this long without a family command center?” I’m in!! So, I spent the next couple of days researching these exquisite works of art and here is what I found:
First and Foremost-
Don’t go into building your own family command center just looking for some eye candy for your home.
Do make a list of what your family needs are, and here is why.
I found this great example of a family command center at Unoriginal Mom and thought “I have the perfect spot in my house. I will make mine exactly like this one.” After about an hour of research on how to make the perfect meal planner I realized, I don’t cook. Womp-Womp -Ok, now it was time to focus.
Don’t go running to your favorite store to buy a bunch of organizing products.
Do figure out what you have on hand and maybe what you want to upgrade to make better.
What I do have on hand, and I use all the time is my calendar. As much as I love the look of this Hobby Lobby Calendar, I prefer a 12 month one instead so when I have to make the boys dentist appointment 6 months in advance, I can flip the pages of my calendar and write it down.
I am currently using this free calendar print out from Landeelu. I love the sweet colors of these calendars and there is even room in the boxes to write in appointments.
Taped to the inside of the cabinet next to my clipboard calendar, I have a typed list of things we always buy from the grocery stores along. I leave a highlighter in the cabinet and just highlight what we need as it runs out. Then I can just untape it from the cabinet and bring it with me to the store. But I right now it’s on plan white paper, so I could pretty it up like this one from justagirlandherblog.com.
Again, Don’t go running to break the bank on this project.
Do look for free ways to make your family command center work for you.
I have a magnetic dry erase board that I use like my weekly To Do List. I listed are the days of the week, and I write in my reminders for each day like wash the dog, weed the flower beds or pay the bills. Yeah can’t forget that one. Now I’m thinking of upgrading to this beauty from Amazon Board Dudes 18″ x 22″ Magnetic Dry Erase/Cork Combo Board (CYH10). Maybe I can tack the boys school papers to that?
At this point, I have been researching family command centers for what seems like forever and I am completely exhausted and I still have so may questions.
Do I paint an enormous chalkboard wall like this one from Beneath My Heart?
Or pare down and use the wall on the side of the refrigerator like this one shown at jennaburger.com?
Or should I hide it away and store everything into my kitchen cabinet like this one from Organizing Home Life?
Don’t -haphazardly search for command centers (like me)
Do have an idea where in your home you want your command center located.
What about pens and markers and note pads and maybe even…Oh whaaaaat?
Well this changes everything! Say hello to the Urbio Magnetic Modular System. You hang the magnetic plates to your wall and arrange the magnetic containers any way you want. I will have this in my life…maybe my craft room.
That brings us to our last Don’t and Do.
Don’t get overwhelmed but all the possibilities for a family command center.
Do stay focused in your search.
I know from my own experience in searching for an idea, especially on Pinterest, I will start off looking for ideas from organizing papers that turns into designing a family command center that turns into how to build a shed that finally turns into where’s the best place to vacation in July. It can be tough to focus with all the great ideas out there, and guess what I still don’t have a place for all the school papers.
Well, I guess it’s time to start again.
Are you preparing for back to school and thinking of a family command center? Let us know.
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