Monday, July 9, 2012

Kitchen Command Center


 I had this very tall, blank wall on the side of my refrigerator that was needing some love. Being that we spend the majority of our days at home in the kitchen/family room, and the counters can easily become a dumping ground for mail (bills, magazines, cards) and other paperwork, I decided it was the perfect spot for a command center.




 The bottom portion of the wall contains three sets of wall pockets from the Container Store. They are clear so I dressed them up a bit with some pretty paper and vinyl lettering. In each of our pockets we have an "info" file and an "action" file. Info is for things that give information but need no response or action. This works well for the kids especially because once they are in school they are constantly getting paperwork sent home that is sometimes just for informational purposes that you may need to hold onto for a bit. This folder gives those types of things a home. The action file is obviously for things that need action such as something that needs to be signed or sent out, etc. The Bills to Pay and File pocket is pretty self explanatory. I again keep two different file folders in it to separate things that need to be paid or taken care of from things that need to be filed away. The Pending file is for things that are...pending. This is a partial tickler file system. It contains 1 file folder for each month of the year. This has been so handy for all of those things that I need to take care of or reference at a later date. For example: I knew we were getting our roof redone but not until later in July. So all the roof info goes into the July folder.  When I run across ideas for my daughter's birthday party I put them in the October file. Then at the beginning of the month I take the folder out and deal with its contents. 

This system has worked well for us and I've tried a bunch. It gives everything a place--rather than the kitchen counter. The one leftover that I usually have from the mail is magazines. These either go in a basket on the end table by the couch or on my bedside table because those are the places I will sit down and read them. (If/when I get the time. :)

The one must with this (as with just about any system) is that it has to be maintained or these pockets will become stuffed and therefore unusable. That leads me to the next areas of the command center.
 This area contains a small bucket of pens and other supplies that are needed often, a magnetic message board where I often keep a to do list and sometimes a shopping list, and a giant magnetic family calendar from Target. (It looks like they may have discontinued it but here is something I found that seems similar only instead of monthly it is weekly.) Each square has 5 blank lines (1 for each family members--including the dogs) and a line for the meal that day/night. Helps to keep everyone's crazy schedules in one central spot.

Once the mail comes in, I look through everything and write down pertinent information on my lists or calendar and then decide whether I need to keep the paper or get rid of it.
 Above my calendar is a large bulletin board I covered in fabric and ribbon (just to make it pretty). There I keep my cleaning calendar and any other schedules or calendars I need to reference often (it's summer so we don't have too many schedules right now). I will sometimes place an invitation up there if I need to keep it for some reason. Often times, I just write it down on our calendar and get rid of it. The less paper the better.
The very top of our command center is our time zone clocks. Both our families live in different states and time zones. I thought this would be the perfect way to keep track of that. I decided to make a little sign on top and give this area a name. Since this sort of our central hub, "Waterman Central" seemed fitting.



Tip of the day: Color Coding. As you can see each of our wall pockets is a different color. I am a very visual person. I use this with our calendar as well. Each family member is written in a different color (the same color as their wall pocket). Everyone knows which color is theirs which makes it very easy to spot quickly on the calendar.

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25 comments:

  1. This is perfect, I need to find a spot for a command center. We have things scattered everywhere. Pinterest seems to be down right now but I'll start pinning your stuff when it comes up back up!!

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  2. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    Wende

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  3. This is one of the best command center's I've seen, love it! I found you through A Thoughtful Place, I'm now your newest follower!

    Dawn :)

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  4. Stopping by from A Thoughtful Place linky party. I love your command center! I've been looking thru your blog archives and finding some great ideas. Love your blog and am now following you!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

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    1. Thank you very much Lori! I just started this blog about a month ago. Hopefully you'll keep finding things you enjoy!

      xo,
      Susan

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  5. I feel like angels are singing right now. That is amazing. I love the clocks and have been wanting to do that in our bonus room. Thanks so much for linking up to the party.

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    1. Thanks Courtney! I love your blog and get so many ideas from it too! We love the clocks too. We have family on all different time zones so it is kind of fun to look up there and think of them. :)

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  6. Cute! I love the all the organization used in your command center. We need something like this in our home, but I've been struggling with where to place it. Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! If you can find a place, I highly suggest it. I've even seen ideas on back on backs of cabinet doors if space is an issue. It really has helped our clutter on the counter problem. :)

      Susan

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  7. You have the same wall between your kitchen and front room as I do. I've thought about turning mine into a command center as well. I'd like to hava a place foy our charging valet, which would require a piece of furnture and push everything else up (I'm shot). I also have the thermostat on that wall, above and to the right of the light swtiches. So annoying that it's in such an obvious place!

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    1. I get your frustration. This wall had the light switches for me to contend with. If you'd like, you could email me a pic or two of your wall and we could maybe brainstorm some ideas together. Just a thought! www.creativeorder12@gmail.com

      Susan

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  8. I really like this, a lot! The three clocks are brilliant. I wish I had thought of that when we had people in different time zones. Your wall is wonderful.

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  9. Perfecting time for me to discover all these wonderful ideas for creating a family command center. I am working on mine. I like the color coding and the folders with names on them. Visiting from Organizing Junkie.

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  10. Love your blog and I love your command center! Can't wait until we coordinate a little party of our own! In the meantime I got crazy and started a weekly link up! I'd love for you to share this at my link party "Organize My Life" that opens every Monday night. Stop on by http://maryorganizes.com! Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Mary! I will come by and share next week since I just added your button to my linky list! Congrats on the new gig!

      Susan

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  11. The one thing I have added to my house that I keep to and love helps unwanted mail even coming into the house. I bought a new paper shredder and a bin from ikea. I have them right next to my large freezer and the stairs into my house. I get the mail, walk up to the freezer, and go thru the pile. Anything needs to be shredded is, anything that can be tossed goes into the recycling bin. I then carry the stuff I actually need into the house. Voila, no more garbage mail floating in the house. It is on the way in, so really no extra steps and the kids love helping.

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    1. Love the idea of keeping a shredder near by! Whatever helps keep unwanted clutter at bay!

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  12. Oh i've seen your command center around pinterest! Just love the way you did it makes me rethink how i actually wanted to do ! Im working on my kitchen command center.

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    1. Thanks Yasmina! I'd love to see how you did yours!

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  13. How did you do the vinyl names? I love that!

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    1. I used my Silhouette to cut vinyl lettering. I think stencils could work as well. Hope that helps!

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  14. Love your command center. I have my command center where my desk is, which is my bedroom. We live in a 4 story house. I was not sure how to do a command center in this house (we moved from a 1 floor home). I have a print out of our appointments (from Cozi.com) and it is inside a cabinet on a corkboard. I have a weekly chalkboard that we have what we need to do. I have 3 kids in school so my command center has a corkboard for each of them plus 1 for me.

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