Keeping yourself organized is one thing, but when it comes to keeping on top of all the family engagements, it can get a bit too much to handle! So how do you keep yourselves organized?
When I was growing up, my mother would hang a long calendar on the narrow edge of the shelf, just above the telephone in the kitchen. Right next to it was a cork noticeboard, and pots of pens. It’s where the keys hang, a printed page of handy phone contacts was printed out (although it would inevitably end up scrawled in notes and covered over with memos and reminders), and an old tin where you could find a small stash of emergency coins. It makes sense that it would all take place in the kitchen, as it’s the center of so much of family life. Naturally this little corner became the central command center of the household.
Are you ready to put your command center together? Or maybe it’s time for an update! Either way, here is a round up of some inspiration ideas for putting yours together. Here are the three main components that provide the backbone of these family command centers.
Where are we, and where are we supposed to be? Numero uno in the central command center is the calendar. Pick ’em big with enough space to fit in all the upcoming activities.
This family command center from the Hankful House has a big desk calendar slap bang in the middle. To me this is one of the most important elements; so you can see quite clearly what’s coming up! The little pegs are useful for attaching newsletters, leaflets, coupons, invitations and so on. The large size of the calendar makes it simple to write things on and see what’s important from day to day.
Big and clear, it’s much easier to see what’s coming up, right? The wipeboard is great for those who love to tick things off, too.
Birthday party invitations, info for the next jumble sale, notices from school – keep them in the inbox. Doesn’t have to stop at paper, either – create a catchall for all those bits and pieces that go missing.
This corner organizational collection is from blogger Ciburbanity. The kitchen command center has a four different inbox trays to collect papers, newsletters, homework projects and all sorts for each family member.
Her Tool Belt opt for the things box, too! For all those things. A very apt label, I must say.
Do you prefer wire or wood? Boxes or baskets? I think there are a variety of different ways you can style it but if you want to keep tabs on all the papers that pile up, then it’s good to have a space for it.
Classic and simple is the letter bin storage from Pottery Barn, which works with a whole daily organizer set. Well that certainly makes organizing a whole lot easier.
Pinboard or cork board? White board or black board? One way or another all of these family command centers have a space for sticking things to them, or writing things down.
In the Hi Sugar Plum family, the colorful notice board is something to take notice of! They’ve used bright fabrics and fun prints to bring a bit of fun to the corner.
Quick and easy; a coat of blackboard paint on your wall makes it an easy noticeboard area for jotting down all things and even creating labels for your organisation station.
If you’re not a fan of cleaning up chalk dust, dry erase pens on a bit of glass or perspex will keep things tidy and neat! Tucked into an old window frame, it is super easy to do this at home yourself. I like how the Dwelling in Happiness home have divided the space into To Do list, To Buy list and the week’s menu.
Another fabulous DIY, the atlas has become a glorious pinboard for the family command center, and looks great with the wire baskets. You could pick a map close to home to make it even more useful, pinning in certain places to remind you where the events will be taking place!
Once again Etsy has a great selection of good finds, and this hexagonal noticeboard from Casa Cubista is a tidy and playful option for designing your family command center.
How do you keep tabs on who goes where in your home? Has it all gone digital? So much can be done with an iPad now! Or do you prefer to do things with a pad and paper? What other bits and bobs do you think are essential for your complete command center? Let us know how you keep organized, and send us a photo of your system!