Family command centers are a great way to streamline and strengthen your family when it feels like you’re running in all separate directions. 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.
Location. Location. Location.
Finding the right spot for a functional and effective family command center can be tricky. 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.
Can I Take a Memo?
After choosing the perfect place for your family’s command center, take time to install a memo board.
A memo board is a core component of your command center: key to displaying upcoming events, 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.
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.
Let Me Check My Calendar
No command center is ready for war without a monthly calendar. Essential for planning out important to-do tasks and keeping track of your family’s schedules and upcoming events, a calendar is non-negotiable here.
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.
Let’s Make a Plan
It can be challenging to work out what takes priority when you lead a busy life. The operative word here is lead. 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.
Generator Cover Charge
Charging stations 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.
Putting a charging station allows you to always have technology at your fingertips with the convenience of never quite having to cut the cord to your personal organizational lifeline.
Hook, Line, & Store
Storage benches are stylish and functional additions to central command. Most are equipped with built-in baskets for shoes, backpacks, and sports gear, making it easy to keep organized at all times.
You can also purchase a storage bench with hooks to hang keys, coats, dog leashes, and jackets. To amp up the visual appeal, add an attractive custom cushion covers for an eye-pleasing motif.
Organization is Importantization
Install wire baskets and bins on the wall to store and throw incoming mail and paperwork in order to keep your family command center organized.
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.
Bound & Determined
Document collection feel like a fruitless search? Keeping track of countless documents, records, emergency numbers, and passports of each family member is a tedious task solved by simply placing documents in their designated 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.
Make it Personal
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:
- Got a small, old bookcase? Make it new again with a fresh paint job before integration into your command center. You can try using an outdoor lifestyle cover set to protect the outside area before painting.
- 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.