Updated: Feb 21, 2020
July 2019 #DeeClutteredPicks - Home Command Centers
"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate."
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It feels like the summer just started but we're already getting bombarded by back-to-school ads and other reminders that school is just around the corner. Before we know it, everyone will soon be back in the swings of things when it comes to all things kids and school.
Even though many parents are elated to have their little ones out of their hair and back in the care of their teachers, with a new school year comes lots of new "stuff" that can quickly clutter a home...unless you have a plan of attack!
Every successful general needs a good command center. A place where all important information is stored. Where they can quickly find out their troops' locations. Somewhere to map out plans and work out schedules.
And as the general of your home, so do you. Enter the home command center!
Home command centers are as unique as the people who make them and the homes they're in. Some take up a whole wall in a living room. Others just take up a small corner in a kitchen.
But all good home command centers - those that really do a good job of helping keep your family's lives organized and in order - have a few things in common. Below are seven of those things and some suggestions for items to add to your shopping list when you're ready to put yours together:
1. Your Base of Operations
A good centerpiece for a home command center is a piece of storage furniture. My favorite piece for this purpose is a cube storage organizer because its compartments help keep things neat and tidy. But other pieces, such as a short bookcase, would also work great!
Command Center Furniture
Mainstays 6 Cube Storage Organizer - $29.24
Room Essentials™ 6-Cube Organizer - $28.00
ClosetMaid 1290 Cubeicals Organizer - $68.92
Don't Forget the Storage Cubes
KD Fabric Cube Tote - $4.99
3 Sprouts Hedgehog Storage Cube - $16.99
2. Post Their Marching Orders
A message board can help you and your family remember important to-do's and last minute changes to schedules. Calendars broken down by month and by the week can help you keep an eye on what's going on 'right now' and plan for what's coming in the weeks ahead. Having this information in one place can help you make sure that you aren't forgetting anything and give your family a place to turn to when they need up-to-date information.
Dry Erase Note Boards
Quartet Dry Erase Board - $17.99
Whiteboard Set - $27.97
Wall Pops! ® Dry Erase Board Decal - $10.89
Dry Erase Calendars - Weekly & Monthly
Magnetic Dry Erase Weekly Calendar - $18.99
3. Stay on Military Time
The morning rush to work and school is even worse when you lose track of time. A wall clock at your command center will help your family stay on schedule with their morning routines. Hang it in a central location in your command center design so it's easy to see from different areas in your home.
Travelwey Wall Clock - $11.97
Gatehouse Wall Clock, Vines - $168.00
Foxtop Modern Wall Clock - $17.77
4. Always Pass Barracks Check
There are few things worse than not being able to find something when you're on your way out the door. But having to help a child find something they've lost during the morning rush probably falls into that category for most of us 😉 Hooks for bookbags, lunchboxes, purses, etc. will help keep things in order and easy to find at all times.
Bookbag & Coat Storage
AmazonBasics-Wall Mounted Coat Rack - $19.01
Umbra Sticks Multi Hook Coat Rack - $25.00
5. Organize Their Service Records
Once the school year kicks off, there's no end to the flow of papers in and out of your house! From scribbly works of art done by little ones to college tour permission slips for those about to leave the nest, the stacks of paper can be out of control halfway through the year. A good filing system set up at your home command center will help you keep those stacks from taking over your home.
Easepres Vertical File Organizer - $19.95
Smead Cascading Wall Organizer - $12.74
6. Keep Rations in Order
School clothes...lunch money...school supplies. Sending kids off to school can put a serious strain on parents' budgets. Keeping school supplies organized will help you avoid purchasing things you already have and let you know when it's time to restock.
This can help you save money in two ways: 1) By not wasting money buying things you don't really need and 2.) By alerting you of things you need to restock early enough that you can plan and try to catch a good sale instead of paying more during a last minute dash to the store.
School Supply Storage
Raggisar Baskets, Set of 3 - $6.99
STERILITE Quart Storage Box - $21.11
7. Display Their Badges of Honor
Kids grow up sooo fast! The memories that old coloring book pages and stick figure drawings bring back when they get older make the artwork some of the best keepsakes from their school years. But before you use them to make memory boxes and scrapbooks, proudly display them at your home command center (and on the refrigerator of course 😊)!
Umbra Hangit Photo Display - $18.03
Rainbow Dot Art Cable - $49.00
Magnetic Strip with Clips - $49.00
I hope you've found this first #DeeClutteredPicks post helpful! Hopefully some of my picks listed here fit your vision for a command center in your home. But if not, I hope they can at least inspire you to think about what fits your own style and your family's needs the best, and that you'll give creating a home command center a try!
Be sure to comment below if you plan to make a command center for your home or share your experience with how it has helped your family if you already have one!