A DIY family command center will help you organize your family’s important documents, mail and schedules. My simple layout helps make the family command center area functional and cute.
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With school back in session, I thought a quick post on our family command center would be a fun way to show how we stay organized during this busy time of year.
Just so we are clear on how “together” I have my life, check the date on the calendar. I am writing this in September 2018 and I took that picture today. My littlest babe was born last October and apparently that is when my organization stopped. Oh my. How has it been almost a year!? I am going to update that calendar today!
DIY Family Command Center
While I was searching for organization items for my command center, I found lots of ideas on Pinterest but a lot of them did not tell me where to buy the products. I don’t know about you but I need an easy buying guide (particularly one that I can get online). Because two kids at a retail store, ain’t nobody got time for that! So I decided to show mine with links to where you can purchase the same or similar items.
I actually added most of these items to my Amazon wish list and asked for items for Christmas one year. If you are needing things to put on your Christmas or birthday list, consider something like this. I love all the different price points so it makes it easy for someone that is looking for a small gift for you or maybe a slightly larger one.
Here is a list of items that I have included in my DIY family command center.
Wire Document Rack with Chalkboard Labels – The wire document rack has a chalkboard label on each basket. I use these to separate my items and my husband’s. We put mostly mail in the bins and I save coupons in mine. I plan to get some cute file folders to clean this area up a bit. If you wanted to keep a file per child with permission slips etc. this would be a good place to do that.
Magnetic Chalkboard – I use this for all kinds of things. The magnetic board uses magnetic clothespins to hang schedules, display permission slips that need to go to school and reminders. The chalkboard is used to write notes or reminders to myself or other family members.
8×10 Frame – I use the frame for the monthly calendar (you know the one I haven’t changed in 11 Months). I can’t believe I admitted to that! I type up every event that I know of on the printable calendar. Then you can do one of two things for last minute events. Leave the glass of the frame off so that you can write on your paper calendar with a pen or put the glass on and use a dry erase marker for your last minute changes.
Picture Frame with Clip – I love the clip feature because it makes it super easy to switch out photos. I love to change out pictures of the family according to the seasons or holidays. It adds a personal touch to your family command center and they are the reason that you need this organizational tool! Right?
Monogram Letter – I added this as a decorative filler to square off the space. If you don’t love the monogram, you could do a small clock to keep you on time to all your events.
All Because Two People Fell In Love Sign – A friend of mine gave this to me but I found a similar item on Amazon. I just love the words on this. All this chaos that I am trying to organize is all because two people fell in love. Such truth.
My family command center looked exactly like this for more than a year. It is located on a wall that was bare before leading from our garage to our kitchen. The perfect spot to collect mail when you walk in the door or grab a permission slip off the magnet board before you leave.
The item on the top is most definitely my favorite item on this family command center wall. It captures a glimpse of our family in a whimsical way (see all those girls I told you about in the About Me section). An artist local to me creates these on large pieces of wood. The rustic look of the wood combined with the fun character drawing of our family perfectly completes this wall. I even love how she put that huge bow on our 4 year old daughter’s head – that is so realistic. She doesn’t go anywhere without a larger than life bow! We are in the South after all, the bigger the bow the better the mama (or so they say).
If you have any questions about this easy to set up Family Command Center, write me a comment below! I hope this helps you get ready for the new school year.
If you need a way to get your bathroom organized from all the kid toys, read this bathroom organization hack.