I’ve been working hard to get our lives more organized. With Annabel now in school and she and James both in different activities, it’s more important than ever to have everything in order. I’ve been wanting to set up a sort of “Command Center” in our house for a while now, and the little nook next to our front door seemed like a good place to do it.
Normally this is a dumping ground for mail, grocery bags, and other random things we bring in through the front door. I wanted some calendars, hooks for keys and leashes, a bulletin board, and a memo board, plus some baskets for things that come and go.
I bought a few different boards and played around with the configuration until I found the one I liked. Then I laid them out over a large sheet of butcher paper and traced the outlines.
Taping the template to the wall made hanging the different boards a million times easier. I’ve used this technique a few times – you just hammer/drill right through the paper, then pull the paper down around the nails.
See? So easy!
I’m not going to lie to you, filling in the calendars and writing down reminders made me feel like I’d actually accomplished things on a to-do list.
I also made this “remember board” for Annabel to use every morning before school. I let her move the magnets from “no” to “yes” when she completes one of the tasks. It’s the easiest reward system in the world!
I know have an “in” box for papers and mail, and an “out” box for outgoing mail, signed school papers, checks, etc. I moved our loose change jar from the laundry room to the table, and put out a little basket for pens, chapstick, etc.
I color coded our calendar, which was the nerdiest thing I’ve done in at least a week.
I’m still looking for ideas to add to our command center but I’m happy with it so far. It’s nice not spending five minutes every morning searching for keys, purses, shoes, and backpacks!