Creating and using a command center in your house can help life run more smoothly. A command center is a centralized hub of organization for the whole family. When you create one in a way that’s attractive and fun, your family is more likely to want to use it! Every person’s command center will not necessarily look the same, because every family is different. We keep ourselves busy with different things, and we do different amounts of cooking/cleaning. Also, larger families tend to need more organization than smaller ones to help everything go smoothly and keep everyone’s schedules and activities straight!
For several years, we have used a command center in a central part of the house. My favorite command center I created and used was actually in our last house. In our current house, there wasn’t a really good place for it. Because of this, we still use all elements of our old command center, but they are more spread out in the room than before. If you can find a spot that makes sense, I encourage you to try to have your command center all on one wall. It will look less tacky and cluttered if you can attractively display the items that are necessary to keep your family organized.
This is the command center that I LOVED. (Sorry for the poor quality picture). It was all in one place, it looked cool, and it was highly functional. First, I painted the section of the wall with chalkboard paint so that it looked like a purposeful area that was all together for a purpose.
Second, I hung the different elements of our command center. On the top, I framed my inspirations: a Bible quote, a hymn, and our family rules. Below that were my to-do lists: a project list in one frame and a cleaning list in the other. I would write on the glass with a dry-erase marker so that I could use the lists again and again. Under that were some planning essentials: a menu board for planning meals, and a calendar. Beneath that was our homework: each person in the family had a file with their name on it. This is where each person was to put their actionable papers and folders.
Like I said before, we still use all of these things in our new house, but it didn’t work to lay it out like this again. So unfortunately, I have to-do lists on one wall, my inspirations, menu board, and hanging file on a second wall, and my calendar on a third wall…all in my kitchen. In my kitchen where we REALLY want to knock down these walls. We definitely need to figure out a different solution for the future!
In order to get your command center together, begin thinking about YOUR families needs and schedules. What are you realistically going to put to good use? If you make a menu board but aren’t likely to regularly plan your meals, it would have been a waste of time. Don’t just copy what someone else does…only you know what will work for you. Do you need a spot to write down reminders for yourself, your spouse, or your kids? Do your kids use chore charts? Do you like to write down priorities/goals for the month? Do you need a spot to put incoming mail? These could all be stored or displayed in your command center.
Once you have decided what to include in your command center, find a way to arrange them all attractively. If you are using an area with a desk or counter, have a plan in place to keep it from getting cluttered. You can pretty it up with chalkboards, bows, pictures, or whatever else fits your decorating style. And don’t forget what tools you may need to keep it up to date–have markers, chalk, pens, pencils, and erasers close by or even included in the command center layout.
Here is some Pinterest inspiration to get you started:
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Please comment below with any questions, thoughts, or ideas!