Command Center 101 – An Easy Step Towards Organization!
Is it too early to start making New Year’s resolutions?? I can’t decide. But if one of your goals is to get more organized, I have a great idea for you! A command center is a designated area in your home that is centrally located and useful for maintaining an organized household. It’s a lot of fun to make and super customizable!
I’ve never been a terribly organized person but I came across the concept of a command center on Pinterest around the time Chad and I were buying a house. It seemed like a practical way for me to have some organization for our new home and it was fun putting it together. Want to make your own?
- Decide where it will be located. It will be most effective in a high-traffic area like the kitchen or mudroom.
- Brainstorm which components will be the most functional for your family. I knew I wanted a place where I could see both Chad’s and my schedules, plan out our meals for the week, and have easy access to items we use a lot like pens and scissors and such.
- Make/purchase the items you need. Maybe the most fun part!
- Think about how you want it all to look. You can do what I did and lay it all out on the floor in the way you want it to be arranged on the wall. Or you can simply sketch it out on a piece of paper!
- Hang it up! Or if you’re like me, have your handy dandy husband do it:)
Here’s what the command center I made included:
Decorative sign: Chad and I both love to dance so this sign from Hobby Lobby is a fun detail that reflects our personalities!
Clock: Pretty sure this is self-explanatory. Part of being organized is knowing what time it is!
Menu planner: There are so many fun ways you can organize a menu planner! I’m currently just using a dry erase board but there are a lot of other ideas out there. Etsy has a lot of cute options including wooden signs with clips for recipe cards!
Calendar: I personally prefer an actual paper calendar so I can flip through to other months, but I see a lot of people use dry erase ones too!
Chalkboard/bulletin board: This was a solid Target find! It has a chalkboard that’s great for Bible verses or messages and a bulletin board where we keep announcements, invitations and business cards. There are even some hooks and a cute little pail where we keep our dry erase markers!
Organizer: we just found a desktop organizer on Amazon and use it to keep stuff we use a lot like writing utensils, notepads, scissors, tape, tape measure, letter opener, etc. We even conveniently built the command center around a random outlet on the wall and use it as a charging station for our phones and iPad! I just use a cute binder clip to make it look less tacky when we’re not using it.
Mail organizer: We don’t actually use this to organize mail, but it’s a nice landing spot for stuff we don’t want to leave sitting on our counter until we can address it. It’s also where I keep my coupon file and Roo’s vet folder. But you can use it for many things, including mail and action inboxes.
This is just one of many setups for a command center. Here are a few other ideas you could use for yours!
More decor: It could be an inspirational quote, Bible verse, Framed picture, the possibilities are endless!
Key hooks: We use a separate key hook that was gifted to us but is hung a little closer to our back door. Depending on where your command center is located, it could make a great place to hang your keys!
Shopping list: We just have a notepad for our grocery list that floats between the command center and the fridge, but you could give it its own designated area! You could use something like a roll of brown paper or even just a whiteboard or chalkboard. The reason I use a notepad is because I like to be able to tear it off and take it with me when I go grocery shopping.
To do list: You could definitely use another whiteboard or chalkboard for something like this!
Cleaning checklist/chore chart: If you have kids and want a place for them to keep track of their chores, a command center is a great place to put it!
Place to hang artwork: This is another one that’s great for families with kids. You can hang artwork on a magnetic board or bulletin board, or even hang a clipboard and clip it to that!
There are countless other ideas you could incorporate into your own command center but I hope this list inspires you and serves as a good starting place!
Let me know if you have any questions or want to share any ideas!