A great way to keep everyone organized and on the same page is a family command center. It’s one thing to organize your own life but what if you had to organize your entire family’s lives? Yeah, that’s what moms do. We usually have it all organized nice and neat in our heads, but that doesn’t always help everyone else in the family.
A family command center is a central location that you can post information that everyone needs like appointments, schedules, grocery lists, and such. It’s a place that everyone can come to to get or give information and answers they are looking for.
Family command centers have been floating around Pinterest for some years now, so I’m sure you’ve seen them before. However, for me, I like to keep things simple. I don’t need all of the “extras” that one might use to fill up an entire wall as a command center. I’d rather use that space for something else. And as it turns out, I don’t have that much extra space anyway. But I do have this small space in the kitchen that doesn’t have much going on. So, it is now my family command center.
This isn’t your typical command center. This is more of a command board for small spaces. What I really wanted to do was get all the papers off the fridge that I had been sticking up there and put them somewhere that was neat and orderly.
If you are like me and don’t need an entire wall of stuff, follow along and make your own family command board with me.
It’s back to school time. I LOVE getting all of my office supplies now because it’s extra cheap! Stocking up on spiral notebooks for 25 cents is my fav! So I was able to find this cute magnetic dry erase board by Pen + Gear at Wal-mart. It has a grey wooden frame around it that matches perfectly in my kitchen. It measures 17 x 23 inches. I stuck it to the wall with Command Picture Hanging Strips since it was going on the tile.
Now, depending on how much room you have on your board decide what you want to put on it. Some ideas might be:
- monthly calendar
- grocery list
- to-do list
- bills to be paid
- meal planner
- school calendar/menu
- important upcoming events
- homework assignments
- chore chart
This is what I included on my command board. I scored this adorable monthly calendar from iheartnaptime.net. It’s free, just download and print. I like a monthly calendar that I can write in the boxes whatever is going on that day, so I have a big picture of the entire month.
At the top, I write my “Big Focus” for the week. The one thing that I MUST get done. Then I prioritize my list of things to do by categorizing them as A, B, or C tasks. There are also spots for personal growth, fun and recreation, health and fitness, and connections to make. I like to change up one of the boxes to home improvement projects. Since I am focusing on fixing up my house, I like to include at least one must do for the house.
Like I said earlier, I wanted to get all the stuff off the refrigerator and put somewhere neatly. One thing I always keep is a list of the monthly bills and when they are due so I know what needs to get paid. I usually just write it out on a sheet of paper, nothing fancy. So I will include that on my board as well.
Now I have 3 empty spaces which are perfect for writing notes in. One space is for the grocery list/things to get list. Another space is for what I will be making for dinner that week. (Am I the only one who goes to the grocery store and buys a bunch of things and then forgets what I bought all this stuff for?) I have to write things down, lol. So, I have space on my board for meals. The last space is for writing down any notes or maybe a honey-do list??
You definitely don’t have to have a big space to make your own family command center. Find a space that works for you and your family’s needs. And don’t forget, keeping your family organized and on the same page can be a great stress relief for you!