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Looking to make your home more organized? Try making a command center!
First off, I just want to apologize for how weird and dingy these photos look. I spent SO long trying to get good photos of this wall but it just wasn't happening.
It's in a very awkward position of my house. We live in a renovated attic so there's virtually NO room for anything, haha! When I was taking these pictures I was leaning on my fridge and sometimes my countertops. It was not very pretty! But at least I made them look halfway decent, although the pictures don't do this area of my house justice because it's honestly one of my favorite parts!
My house was literally a WRECK a few months ago. We were trying to get our little girl's nursery painted and ready for when she arrives, but in order to do that we had to clean out her room which was our "junk" room at the time, which I called our "Monica closet" (If you are a Friend's fanatic, you'll know what I mean!). Papers were EVERYWHERE and we couldn't keep up with any of our mail we got because it would get lost in the huge pile of stuff. That caused us to lose track of a lot of things.
So when my husband got a new job with MUCH better hours (no more crazy nights and weekends!), I HAD to get more organized. Our little girl is going to be here soon and as a stay-at-home mom, organization is important. I'm responsible for keeping this house up and there is no way I could do it without this command center!
If you are interested in doing your own command center, let me tell you it was SUPER easy and cheap to do! It only took us like 30 minutes to get it all done and it was so worth it. Let me break it down what we included in ours to give you a little guide, but you can definitely change and add things to work for your family!
"Stations" that we included in our command center:
- A big wall calendar
- Menu board
- Daily/weekly cleaning list
- To-do list
- Grocery list
- Bills, Bills Paid, and Misc. paper pouches - to hold all of our important mail and papers we get throughout the week
Like I said, putting this together was super easy. Let me break it down and tell you exactly what items we used for each station.
The Wall Calendar Station
One of the best things about our command center is this huge dry-erase wall calendar. I LOVE having one big calendar to look at telling us what we have going on that month and what we need to get done. There is nothing worse to me than forgetting about an important event because I didn't have a calendar to write it on.
I also wanted it to be dry erase because I hate having to flip over and tear off pages every month on a paper calendar. And if something changes or an event gets canceled, I can just erase it from my calendar and it will look all clean and pretty :) I also use the cork board to put miscellaneous notes on that we might need to keep. We got this calendar at Walmart, but here is a similar one on Amazon.
Menu Board and To- Do List Station
Another important thing to me was to have a menu board to write the week's dinners on. I have been trying so hard to get organized with menu planning so I was hoping this would make it easier for me, and it did! As you can see, this is not that big of a wall, so I didn't have much room for bulky boards. I saw this menu board at Walmart and loved it! It was small but big enough for me to write on and I loved that I could stick notes to the bottom of it. Here is the exact one we got at Walmart on Amazon.
For the to-do list, I thought about doing a dry erase board but wanted something I could tear off and take with me if need be. I'm a Scentsy consultant, so when I got my welcome kit when I joined, I received two mini clipboards and they just seemed like the perfect thing for this command center! I went to Walmart and picked up some notepads and clipped them to the boards. They looked great! If you're looking for mini clipboards like these, you can find similar ones here (or you can join my Scentsy team and get some pretty ones! ;))
Daily/Weekly Cleaning List and Grocery List Station
I have been dying to get myself motivated enough to get on a cleaning schedule so I'm not so overwhelmed. I got this board in hopes that I would see it every day and it would motivate me to get things done. It has helped (a little) but being 31 weeks pregnant I have been SO exhausted its hard to get any cleaning done without my back and feet killing me! Hopefully once Aria get's here I will be able to do more, so I'm keeping this up as a reminder :) I loved the black chalkboard look on this one, but it is actually a dry erase board as well. We got this from Walmart too, and unfortunately I can't find one on Amazon that is similar. I did the same thing with the grocery list as I did with the To-Do list!
Bills, Bills Paid, and Misc. Paper Pouches
As you can see, we definitely utilize these the most! I love that we can separate bills that need to paid vs. bills that have already been paid. I also love the personalization of the one in the middle (this is where all the command center supplies go like dry erase markers). We got these little pouches from a friend of ours that sells Thirty One YEARS ago. I'm not even sure they make these anymore! BUT, you could always hang some pretty little baskets up on the wall, like these!
Last but not least, we got the beautiful 1 Corinthians 16:14 sign from Hobby Lobby (where else?!). I thought it was the perfect sign to complete the center and remind us that everything we do should be done in love!