Looking to build an organized and budget-friendly command center in your home to keep your family on track? It is easier than you think!
We have some helpful tips on where and how to build you new command center from top to bottom.
Tips for your family's command center:
- Have a plan. What do you want to put on there? Draw out a "blueprint" of what you want it to look like.
- Find a spot that your family can easily access. This can be a hallway nook, the refrigerator, or a commonly passed wall. Any small space will work.
- Decide if it will be in a drawer or on a desk, or will it be on the refrigerator or wall?
- Use baskets, bowls, and boxes from around the house to keep everything organized. Many containers are sold at the dollar store that will be perfect for this.
- Keep your space clean. Go over with the family what goes where on the board and how they can use it.
- Be patient. This will take a few weeks or months for everyone to get on board.
- Be realistic. It takes time to organize everything in one area with all of your family's schedules, etc. Start small.
Command Center Inspiration
Corner of a Room
Side of Refrigerator
Inspiration for Where To Start
A Family Schedule Calendar :
D.I.Y Family Calendar Ideas:
- Family Time Reminders:
Use our Family Bucket List 2014 for great ideas.
-DIY Chore Ideas :
- Important Dates:
Print out a list of important dates to remember for each month like birthdays, sports events, and special occasions!
- Date Night Reminders:
Post them here so you won't forget during your hectic week, also post dates with the kids here. Every child loves one-on-one time with their parents!
- Signatures Folder:
Have your kids place all their papers that need to be signed in this folder, place them back in this folder after signing, and have them do a pick-up in the morning.
- Running Late Box:
Keep a small sewing kit here, lint roller, Clorox pen, tissue packets, band aids, peroxide, travel lotions- all those little things you would need quickly!
- Babysitter Important Information Frame:
D.I.Y this awesome frame with all the information they need for the night.
- Card Box:
Keep a collection of thank you notes, birthday cards, get well cards, graduation cards, etc. with stamps for all those special days! This will significantly reduce trips to the store and are a great way for kids to remember these dates!
- Binder Love:
- School Papers Binder:
Keep significant school papers for each child. When your child gets older these binders will be extremely helpful for scholarships and college applications. Keep all of their volunteer activities and special achievements in these binders as well.
- Health Care Binder:
Keep all your doctor's contact information here. Health bills, appointment reminders, and significant health issues for each member of the family.
- Budget Binder/Folder:
Put all your bills from the month in here as well as receipts. You can create a separate area for coupons, box tops, and gift cards.
- Family Vacation Savings Jar:
Tell everyone to throw their extra change in here. You could even have a penny jar to show that that every little bit adds up. An awesome and easy way to teach saving money!