Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Command Center

I've posted this before, but since it is time for school to be starting again, I thought I would revisit it :o). And, Organizing Junkie is doing a Command Center round-up this week that I want to participate in :o). For more ideas on command centers, visit her site.

Earlier in the year I was feeling like my house was in chaos and feeling overwhelmed at getting it under control. The idea of someone dropping by unannounced terrified me, lol. I thought about making another schedule (MOTH), but that just made me cringe, it's so easy to fall off and not get back on. I contemplated using a schedule that had blocks of time (morning block, afternoon block, etc.) but even that seemed to restrictive. I had made a home-keeping notebook, but I rarely used it (I decided I simply didn't want to take the time and energy to open it, lol ). So I started searching for new home-keeping "tools". One of the things I came up with is the idea of a Command Center. Basically, I took my notebook and put it on the wall. Now everything is right there, visible, and I have no excuse for not remembering.

Here are a couple of pictures:

Now I'll explain the different elements :o)

The white board - I used a wet-erase marker to create different sections on the board. I have a place for the date, what's for dinner, scripture I'm working on, appointments, priorities, to-do list, things to buy and notes.

The calendar - This is where I can keep track of what's going on. The pink sticky notes are my meal planning, I write the meal on the sticky and put it on the day I want. Using stickies makes it easy to switch days if necessary.

Cork Boards - These are there to put up things like reminders and invitations.

Little wood shelf - This holds my supplies; pens, pencils, eraser, sticky notes, etc.

Wire hanging file - I made "pockets" out of scrapbooking paper for this. Both to make it more functional (things can't slip out) and pretty. I have important fliers and such in the bottom pocket. And I put the papers I did use from my notebook into report covers and those are in the top pockets.

Basket on top of wine rack - This is a place to put papers and things that my hubby needs to take to his office in the basement (as you can see, he's a little behind :o))

Big blue tub - This is the "mommy basket". As I'm tidying up, things my children have chosen not to put away go into this tub. They then have until bedtime to remove and put away anything they find in there. After bed time, I remove the items and take them to the basement for a week. At the end of the week the items are placed back in the tub and they once again have till bedtime to put them away. If they still do not get put away, then I figure they really don't need/want them and they go away :o)

Overall, I tried to make the space functional and pretty. Thus the reason for the cute signs and the flower arrangement. I didn't want it to look like an eyesore, 'cause then I wouldn't use it. It is still a work in progress and I will probably tweak a few things as I determine what works and what doesn't, especially now that we are starting a new school year. Anyway, that's what i have so far :o)


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Peta said...

That looks great. I wish I had the space to do that..

One Green Mumma said...

Excellent,very organised.I love your sticky note idea on the calender for the menu.Off to clean my area now,lol.

Happy WAHM said...

You did a great job Glenda!!! You did indeed make it pretty as well as functional! I love the mommy basket! Fellow organizing junkie follower~Hope

Cassie said...

Very inviting!

Seasons of Life said...

Very neat and organized 'command center', Glennda. I enjoyed visiting your site and others that posted to Org Junkie this week. I, too, like the blue tub 'mommy basket' and how you use it. I'll have to consider how I could make that work for our family...


Alyssa said...

I need to redo mine. Thanks for the inspiration.

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

I have a mommy basket as well, but I like how you use yours! :)

Bonnie said...

Your command center is so cute ! I love the way it is laid out and all the baskets and pretty things !! It's wonderful !!

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Buffie said...

Great job. Cute does help with getting me to use things too. Cute and functional is the best of both worlds.

Kimberly said...

Love the "mommy basket" idea!

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