I spent a considerable amount of time pinning and planning for my family command center. I shared a few of my favorite command center pins with you a couple of months ago and I even had a spot picked out in the hallway to use. But as with all of the best laid plans, it didn't quite go as I had envisioned. While the space was big enough, it didn't have an electrical outlet for charging the laptop and cell phones plus it was not as centrally located as I would have liked. So it was back to square one and on to plan B.
There is a little section between the buffet under our front window and the bar that divides the dining
room from the kitchen. It's a place where paper, backpacks and mail accumulate already so it made sense to use that spot for our family command center. I made a new list of how the area would function and what it would hold.
1. Papers - school work, mail, receipts that need to be filed, correspondence, bills, etc.
2. The family laptop
3. Phone charging station
4. Pencils, glue, ruler and general office/school supplies
5. A place to leave a note or reminder.
Once the list was made, I started collecting all the things I would need to have it function most efficiently.
Here's the breakdown -
A chalkboard for schedule reminders and notes to the family. If you're like me you probably have an old chalkboard tucked in a cupboard somewhere. This one is nice because it is also magnetic so permission slips or notes can be attached to the board as well. I just repainted the frame and added a hook so that I could hang it vertically.
A metal wall file basket. The pretty teal blue file folder holder was a new purchase from Home Goods and it holds all the paper clutter. There is a folder for mail, one for school and one for misc. I embellished the first folder with some pretty vintage wrapping paper to add a pop of color to the front. I also tucked a calendar and a notebook in the back for list making.
The little desk was a thrift store find and it fit in the space perfectly. I added some pretty dishes to hold the office supplies and cell phones as they charge.
It makes such a big difference having all this stuff in it's proper place and it just goes to show that it doesn't have to be elaborate or cost a fortune to get organized.
I love it when plan B turns out better than plan A would ever have, don't you?