Keep your household organized and up-to-date with a beautiful command center!
In case you aren't sure what I'm talking about when I say command center... I'm not talking about a room with people sitting close-by answering phones and surrounded by screens. 🤣
A family command center is a designated space in your home that serves as a home base for keeping your family organized. They are meant to keep your home running as smooth as possible and keep everyone on the same page.
While these are totally customizable to what your family's needs are, they typically include a shared calendar, a place for notes, and chore lists.
In the era of managing virtual school and also working from home, this became an absolute necessity for my stress level.
I'm SUCH a visual person, and I figured my kids needed to see what exactly goes into running a household, too. I really hope that's a real-life lesson they take away from the pandemic era.
In my search for something uniform and modern, I stumbled across different acrylic boards from Circle & Square Decor on Etsy.
I loved that they were completely customizable, eye-catching, and functional all in one!
The location for this center inside your home should be somewhere easy accessible and in a high traffic space so nobody can say they didn't see it!
I chose this short hallway that leads into my kitchen (as much as my kids are in the kitchen for snacks - they have to notice it 😅 ).
My hallway was a little dark, so I added in this remote controlled wireless LED light to brighten the area up. (I've also used remote controlled lights to create floating candles and add some magic to my porch - they are so great!)
My family command center has 4 boards:
1. Memo Board
Rather than having the title say "Things to Do" I personalized mine to say "Top Three."
This is where I write the most important projects or errands I need to accomplish at any given time -- sometimes all in one day, sometimes longer.
Although I generally have an ongoing list of 1000 things to do, I prioritize and identify my top 3 to prevent myself from getting overwhelmed.
I feel like modeling this for my kids helps them stay focused on priorities too.
2. Chore List
These generally stay the same each week and include things such as taking out the recycling, cleaning bedrooms, doing laundry, etc.
I included myself on the list, so my kids SEE that I am not just outsourcing all the dirty work to them! I think it is important to teach them that it takes a team to do daily and weekly recurring tasks.
(I'm still working to get better at having them actually check things off daily.... it's a process.)
3. This Week
This board includes a menu list for the week, a place to write down things that need to be bought (groceries, cleaning supplies, etc.), and a place to break down the weekdays.
With the menu list, my kids aren't asking what's for dinner every night (HALLELUJAH).
Since we have a Home Chef subscription, I will usually let my older daughter choose which meal she knows they want and when. They love having a little control over decisions that are made and I always like to keep them included.
How many times have you gotten home from a trip to the store to realize you forgot to get the most important thing you went for?
I love having the shopping list written out and accessible for everyone. My kids now know that if there's something they want mom to get... they better write it down!
The calendar serves as a central place to write everyone's birthday, appointments, activities, and whatnot.
I love having a visual that includes every household member's important events so I know that nothing is overlapping.
With everyone in my home heading in different directions and having different schedules, incorporating this family command center has been the best tool for keeping my household organized.
Just make sure to stay on top of it!
Do you have a command center -- what does it include? I would love to know! 😊