I share how to create a simple and easy family command center. My husband and I needed a place to store our keys, upcoming paperwork, and have a family wall calendar. Follow below for a step by step process for how to create one for your family.
You should have seen our home by the end of this project. It was a hot mess. But the center was done. I am writing up how I created this family command center so hopefully you won’t have a big mess like I did.
What is the purpose of a family command center?
According to the web a command center is, “any place that is used to provide centralized command for some purpose.” I suggest you decide what you would like to have in your command center. Make it work for you!
What were the problem areas?
The first step is to figure out what problems need to be solved from this command center.
Our problem areas were:
- knowing our daily family schedule
- where do car keys go?
- upcoming paperwork
What were the solutions?
The second step is to come up with some solutions to the problems. Below are the answers to some of the problems we had.
What do we have going on each day? Wall Calendar
What about the car keys , accessories, and little stuff? Little Bucket
Where does paperwork go? Metal Filing cabinet
Where can upcoming paperwork go? Magnetic board (or cork board or white board or chalk board)
I also had my husband and I take the What Clutterbug Are You? quiz to identify how we both like to organize. I recommend you take it too. It was super helpful.
What supplies will I need?
With a plan in hand I started to construct his command center. When I mean by constructing, I really mean creating a big mess of the house searching for pieces we already had. I’m cheap. I didn’t want to purchase anything new. I think it turned out great in the end!
- wall calendar (we used the calendar from DoitOnaDime and love it so much)
- bucket (for car keys, ect.)
- small wall filing cabinet (for paperwork)
- magnetic board (or cork board or white board or chalk board) for (current upcoming paperwork)
- hammer, nails (or command hooks), painters tape, pencil or marker
How to set up an simple and easy to use family command center?
First Step: Decide on a location
First, find the best location in the house for the command center. I decided to place the command center near the back door where we enter the house.
Second Step: Hang the Wall Calendar
Second, find the right height for the wall calendar. I decided to place the wall calendar about 68 inches from the ground. Why? Perfect height for writing on the calendar and and away from our little kids.
Next, hang up the wall calendar using a hammer and nail (or command hooks for easy removal later). What you can’t see is me standing on top of a chair. I’m only 5 foot so needed to be a bit taller for this part of the project.
I also put the current month and the next month side by side. That way we can have a good view for what is coming up.
I love this calendar because it has spots along the top for all family members and is super easy to keep us organized.
Third Step: Hang up the filing cabinet
Third, hang up the small filing cabinet. If the hanging file has two spots for nails, I suggest you use painters tape and mark where the holes are located.
Then take the tape and stick it to the wall. Check to make sure it’s level.
Using two nails (or you could use command hooks instead) add in the wholes for hanging the file system.
I hung it two inches to the right of the wall calendar.
Fourth Step: Hang the magnetic board
Fourth, hang up the magnetic board (or cork board or white board or chalk board). I placed it to the left of the wall calendar.
Fifth Step: Attach the small bucket
Then, attached the little metal bucket to the front of the filing cabinet. It was able to stay up if I hooked the bucket on top of a metal magnet.
Sixth Step: Add files and Accessories
Lastly, decide on the files you would like to have. For us we only need two files: pending, and reference. I also added some pens and there is plenty of space to add sunglasses on the filing cabinet.
Enjoy your simple and easy to use family command center.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this how to for how I created our family command center was easy to follow.
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