Back to school. Back to work. Back to appointments. Back to practices and games. Back to fundraisers. Back to field trips. How will you keep it all straight? A Family Command Center can hold all in the information your family needs to know and go. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Tips to Create a Family Command Center
an area of the house that is easily accessible to all family members. A high traffic area, the ‘drop spot’, a kitchen
counter, family room bookcase, entryway or home office desk are all good
area with vertical/wall space is a good spot and helps
to keep a counter or desk free of clutter. Use this space to mount file
pockets, corkboard and/or hooks.
what information will be stored in the Family Command Center to plan accordingly
for space and supplies. Will there be
space for take-out menus, charging devices, shopping lists or sorting mail?
multi-function items like a shelf unit with hooks, or a chalkboard/corkboard
combination to capture all the functions you need.
calendar is a must for a busy family.
Try a dry-erase version.
a color for each family member and color-code all notes and folders.
creative! Folders and labels come in all sorts of colors, patterns and styles. Incorporate
a fun fabric to match the décor or add a framed inspirational quote or favorite
an inventory of needed supplies on hand like markers, labels,
pushpins, etc. so that there’ll never be a lull in the action.
- Keep each displayed item fully visible with room in between each to make it visually calming and be sure to edit so that the most current items are available.
- This is your space! It doesn't need to be elaborate or costly. As long as it suits your family's needs, it's perfect.
If you like the idea of creating a Family Command Center and don't quite know how to start or would like more hands-on help, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org