A family command center is the ultimate organizing solution to give your family an easy way to access all your essential items. Like making sure the top surface of your grill covers the space designated by the renovation of your counters, no kitchen (or adjoining area) is complete without a family command center.
Find the Right Spot
For a functional and effective family command center, choose a high-traffic zone in your home that everyone passes when exiting and entering the house. Keep in mind, for a proper command center, choose an area with vertical wall space. A bare wall in the corner of your kitchen or a nook in a hallway are perfect locations.
Install a Memo Board
After selecting the perfect spot for the command center, it’s time to install a memo board. A memo board is a core component of your command center: a place to display upcoming events and invitations, school or work schedules, and important reminders. Having your weekly goals visible not only helps you keep organized, but also increases your productivity.
From a whiteboard, chalkboard, magnetic, or cork, choose a memo board to fit your family’s needs. A dry-erase calendar is a stylish accessory that you can always update, while a magnetic board will allow you to hang notes, invitations, and permission slips directly without any hassle.
Mom Tip: Before you start drilling that memo board in the wall, make sure you lay a set of custom tarps to save yourself the mess.
Hang a Monthly Calendar
No family command center is complete without a monthly calendar. A monthly calendar is an essential accessory for planning out important to-do tasks and keeping track of your family’s schedules and upcoming events.
Pick a calendar with multiple columns, so you can create sections for each family member. You can also get creative and design a calendar from scratch. A custom design will allow you to pick any size you want.
Add a Weekly Planner
With numerous tasks constantly running through our minds, it can be difficult to work out what takes priority. If you wish to be as productive as possible each day, add a weekly planner to your command center.
By separating tasks into categories such as home tasks, errands to run, and calls to make, you can get through similar tasks in one sitting.
Add A Charging Station
A great addition to your command center is a charging station. Charging stations are devices that allow you to charge all your devices in one place, along with hiding a mess of cords. If you have multiple phones, iPads, and devices, consider adding more than one of these into your command center design.
Invest in Hooks & a Storage Bench
A storage bench is a stylish yet functional addition to your command space, equipped with built-in baskets for shoes, backpacks, and sports gear.
You can also purchase a storage bench with hooks to hang keys, coats, dog leashes, and jackets. To amp up the aesthetics, add an attractive custom bench cover with an eye-pleasing motif.
Personalize your Command Center
Give your command center a layer of character by incorporating some personal decor. Here’s a few ways you can upgrade your family command center’s look:
- Paint your space where you plan to set up your command center in custom, bold colors. This makes your command center stand out from the rest of your room. Before you begin, make sure you use custom tarps to protect your floor.
- If painting is a big endeavor, you can use wall decals instead to set the area apart from the rest of the room.
- To show how your family is your focus, decorate the bulletin board with a big monogram of your family’s last name.
- Place chairs nearby, decorated with a personalized chair cover, for unique flair.
- Pin up some family photos to share memories in the space.
- Write a motivational quote on a chalkboard or dry erase board daily to start the day with a positive note.
Keep it Organized
To keep your family command center proper, you’re going to need to stop paperwork from piling up on the counter. Install wire baskets and bins on the wall to store and throw incoming mail and paperwork.
Before permission slips, homework assignments, and to-do lists take over, make it a point to immediately sort mail into the receiving family member’s basket. Include some shelves for holding supplies such as scissors, tape, stickers, pens, and more.
Pick Household Binders
Keeping track of countless documents, records, emergency numbers, and passports of each family member is a tedious task. Document collection feel like a fruitless search? The best solution is to stash all important documents in binders.
Organize these binders one per family member, assigning each member of your family a file with a different color. Once you binder up your family’s most important documents, place them in the safe harbor of your family command center for easy access.