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Build the Perfect Family Command Center

A good family command center can keep your days calm, organized and chaos free. Keep it all in one place; keep your family on track.
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A good family command center can keep your days calm, organized and chaos free. Keep it all in one place; keep your family on track.

A good family command center can keep your days calm, organized and chaos free. No more lost library books, forgotten school forms or missed birthday parties and practices. Keep it all in one place, and keep your family on track. 

If you have ever gotten kids up for school and realized it was a holiday, battled to get everyone out the door in the morning, or inadvertently signed up to be in two places at once, then you need this organized family solution. 

Information central for households, a good family command center should act as a one-stop shop to get the answers to the question “What needs to get done today.” 

Command Center Components

Each family is unique, so don’t be afraid to customize your space and make it yours. What information needs to be shared with everyone? What daily items need to be grabbed on the way out of the door? 

The basic elements of a well-organized family command center include:

  • A family calendar: assign each member a different color marker.
  • A school calendar
  • A message system, such as a chalk board or white board.
  • Inboxes and bins for each family member: Divide these according to your needs. For example, you may want wall mounted folders for school papers and basket-filled cubbies for hats and gloves.
  • A family shopping list: Cut down on the “Mom I need five bags of marshmallows for tomorrow” scenarios. 
  • A family errand or “while you are out” list: Please pick up that prescription or drop off the donation.
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • School lunch menus or weekly meal planner
  • A place for incoming mail
  • An envelope or file for receipts
  • Storage for pens, pencils, markers and chalk.

The true test of any organizational system is whether you use it or not. Keep things simple, but allow space for expansion. You may want to customize your command center in the future. 

 

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