Command Center Must Haves
Hi everyone, so glad you are here today! I wanted to start off the blog with a bit of organization. I am obsessed with everything having a place, creating goals and being prepared, but my husband not so much. I think he enjoys the thrill and stress of working under pressure, but that is not the case for me at all. I will give him credit for making some great leaps since syncing our iPhone calendars, seriously one of the best apple features for us, but there are still those moments where he forgets something I ask him to do. Do you have that problem? Unless he adds the “pick up milk” in his phone to remind him then it gets lost with all the craziness of his day and until recently we were on completely different sleep schedules, which made our opportunities for communicating much harder. So, I decided to build a command center that would allow us to communicate our schedules and plans in one central location and that could be done at any hour of the day or night. Here is what mine looks like.
Now, we all have seen some amazing command centers and there are just so many options design wise, but it doesn’t need to be expensive at all. I built our command center for around $50 which is super cheap when you consider how pricey desks are these days! I used this plan from Ana White, but adjusted the plan to fit the width and height I wanted as well as added a second shelf. I just LOVE Ana White, don’t you?! She makes some absolutely amazing things and is the sole reason I got into carpentry and building my own house furnishings. Anyways, lets get back on track with creating a command center. Once you build or buy a table or shelf find a place that is a high traffic or gathering place for you and your family. This will result in higher views and will hopefully correlate to increased communication and organization. We want people to walk by and have to look at it, that is how we spark action and follow through. Having your center tucked in a corner somewhere will make it difficult for others to notice and be involved in so take some time to carefully plan the location of your command center.
Next, we have to fill the command center with items that will promote communication right?! This is where organizational tools and supplies come in very handy and do their jobs masterfully. Finding these pieces are my speciality and while I am partial to certain types of products, I just love everything organizational! It is my happy place. So, before I share my favorite tools that has helped increase our family communication let me just stress that you have to create a routine around these new things being introduced. Forming a habit can take anywhere from 21 to 66 days depending on what resource you are looking at so be patient, but also be consistent with using your command center. I also HIGHLY encourage you to start off your command center project with syncing phone calendars, but you have to make sure you both use it for it to work! It will change your organizational life and allow you to plan your own schedule with ease. For those other moments of communication such as honey do lists and grocery item pick ups synching calendars may not be the best method for you and your family. I have found for my family that I am more likely to grab his attention with a post it right near the garage door because he grabs it and takes it with him so later he is reminded of that to do or pick up list. So, I have created a list of my 5 favorite items that I place on my command center that has helped our lives stay more organized. Here they are:
- 365 Planner
- Pedestal frame with clip (Memo board)
- Storage Baskets
- Pilot G2 Pens
- Post its Notepad
Choose a planner or board that you are going to use!
Add stickers, washi tape and doodles to keep you using it…plus who doesn’t like stickers! 😛 Also, leave the planner open to the month or weekly page so it is easy to view and glance at when walking by.
Find a memo board that allows you to display messages.
I chose my pedestal frame at Michael’s because it was on clearance and had a great clip for displaying notes and receipts. I HATE returning things so I usually leave my receipt there with the item and my husband takes it back for me. He is so great!
Choose different types of baskets for storing items.
Just think about your junk drawer, how many of you look through that on a consistent basis? Yeah, me neither! So, I used a wire see through type of basket for storing my coupons because I need that visual reminder that they are there. I then chose a weaved basket for my dog Bella’s treats because I don’t really need them out on display. I know they are there and so does she!
Use your pens and highlighters to color code schedules.
My husband likes the G2 pens so it encourages him to use them and I like them too so it’s a win win for us! I also have an obsession with sharpies so I use them also, but use whatever pens and highlighters you prefer, there is no special reason for why I chose these brands. So, here is what I do with my pens… I assign a color to myself, my husband, Bella, Family, and a misc category and I use the same colors in our iPhone calendars to keep things uniform. I then use the appropriate colored pen to write in things from each of our schedules. I use the highlighters to shade information that is really important and needs to stand out. Get colorful.
Stock paper and or post its so that it is readily available!
When people have to wait for things they wont wait long. I mean who really loves to wait, no one does. Remember, the whole point of a command center is to create organization and unite communication between all family members so make sure your supplies are accessible and in a convenient location.
That’s it, those are my tips and five favorite must haves for creating an awesome and effective command center. Do you have a command center? Comment what tools are your favorite and helps keep your family organized. If you don’t have one yet, comment on what you plan on including in your command center? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. In the meantime, I will start you out with a yearly 5×7 calendar printable so that you have one item off your list, yeah!!! Make sure you sign up for the newsletter or click on the link above to receive this freebie and future ones! Ill see you all next week.