Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Command Center Update

I am still amazed by the response my Time To Get Organized post has received. I get more comments and emails about how we like our command center than anything else on my entire blog. We have been using our command center for 6 months now and I thought an update was due.


Here is a side by side comparison after the 6 months of use.
 I erased the calendar because I didn't want to post our day to day schedule. If sections of this photo look a little blurry, it is because I blurred out some of the other personal information.


As you can see, overall the command center has stayed pretty much the same. I have added a bunch of different colors of dry erase markers. The other thing I added was a second magnetic basket.

Now the breakdown of how we use it.



On the Monthly Calendar, I try to keep each activity a specific color, so it is easy to see what is happening each day at a quick glance. I still keep a schedule book for the entire year, but the Monthly Calendar lets everyone in my house know where everyone is or needs to be.

The Kids' Boards are used to keep their drop off and pick-up times for schools and activities straight, and what days they have gym, music, art, etc.

The Kids' Bins hold their school and activity related papers.

The Receipts, Coupons, and Mail Bins are just there to keeps stuff off my counter until I get around to filing it.

The Budget Bin holds our budget notebook that we enter all our purchases into.

The plain white board holds the school/work schedules, appointment cards, dry erase markers, and
all my daughter's Box Tops, soda can tabs, and Labels for Education.

This command center has helped so much in keeping the kids' school/activity schedules straight, and with our counter clutter. I love not having to search through a stack of papers on the counter anymore just to find a coupon I think I remember seeing.


If you would like printables of the the sayings I used in my command center you can go here.

If you would like to make you own word art printables in Picmonkey check out this tutorial.


I'll Be Linking Up At Some Of  These Parties!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

18 comments:

  1. I LOVE your command center! I love how it's all so put together and the color scheme and just everything! I need to figure out a command center for us. Yours is such an inspiration!

    Chloe
    http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/

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  2. I saw this and flipped! I LOVE this Command Center and it's location! I am working on getting all the pieces so that I can set it up for my needs.

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    1. Thanks! Good luck I hope it works for you! :)

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  3. Love your command center! WHERE can I find the wire hanging files? I googled several sites and found several styles, but I like yours best!!

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    1. You can find them at Marshall's, TJmaxx, and HomeGoods. I you find them :)

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    2. I don't have one of these nearby, is there a brand on the baskets? I know it is not likely but I can always hope.

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    3. I'm sorry there is no brand on the baskets, the tag, or the receipt.

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    4. Krissy did you ever find the baskets anywhere?

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  4. What a great idea. I love the whole wall. Where did you get the two small dry erase boards for the kids? I would love to try this with my family. Thanks for sharing! Dawn

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    1. The 2 smaller dry erase boards are actually picture frames from Micheal's Craft Store. I just placed a piece of cardstock behind the glass.

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    2. Love this! I recreated it to fit my space and family needs. I didn't really have a hard time finding the materials, so I wanted to share...I started at TJMaxx/Home Goods and found the wire baskets. I actually had a few different style options. I bought a 3-basket vertical style, a bin for each of my 2 kids and one for mail. I had a little bit of trouble finding the coupons/receipts holder but went to Target and found a combo white board with similar "pockets" that pop-out made by The Board Dudes. The pockets are bigger than Andrea's but will work perfectly. I also bought a white board calendar from The Board Dudes at Target and am planning on using this for a menu planner idea on found on Pinterest: http://www.sugardoodle.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7734:robins-menu-board&catid=3490
      I plan to use my cricut to make the "coupons" and "receipts", but if you don't have a cricut, you can always use ABC scrapbook stickers. I plan to also do something with the wall quotes, I haven't quite figured out picmonkey, even with the tutorial.
      I have an "I did this" board on my pinterest and was sooo excited to be able to pin this one! Thanks Andrea!!

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    3. Yay! so happy to hear that you found the baskets and that you were able to make a command center that works for you!!! :)

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  5. I am so grateful that you came up with the command center. I plan on creating one for my craft space. Yes, I am that crafter that really never finishes the project, so maybe if it is hanging on the wall staring me in the face, i might be more prone to finish the craft project. (sorry for the longest run- on sentence ever). lol....thanks again! Again, Great idea!

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    1. Thanks! I hope it helps. I have tons and tons of unfinished projects around too...lol

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  6. Could you explain your budget notebook? What is it, exactly, and how does it work?!

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