Monday, November 12, 2012

Command Center New Addition: Chalkboards

A while back I posted about our family command center. (See that post here.) 

I love most almost everything about this space because it gives a place for pretty much every bit of paper that used to land on our counters.
I say almost everything because there was one small part that was not
really easily used and made the wall look cluttered:
 the bulletin board towards the top of the wall.

Because it was so high, it wasn't very practical for someone my height (I'm only 5'1). And besides that, the pockets below were created to hold
most of what would go up there anyway.

I found these chalkboards at Hobby Lobby. They were $4.99 a piece and were 30% off of that. So I went ahead about bought six of them.

Hubs drilled a hole on each side.

He used the first one as a guide to make sure the others were all the same.

I decided to use one chalkboard for each day of the week (and one for the weekend). I found a fun font on my computer and printed out the days of the week. I simply taped them on because I'm not sure that they are going to stay that way.
 You know me, always changing it up. :)
Each person has been assigned a color so I wrote the cleaning and laundry schedule for each day. This makes it easy to see what needs to be done (around the house) and whose responsibility it is.  The jobs are mainly mine with a few of Ryan's (aka Hub's). The kids have their own responsibility chart. (More on that in another post.)
I used chalk markers that I found at Michaels. They don't rub off like chalk unless you get it wet.

I think this is going to serve a much better purpose 
and doesn't look quite as cluttered.

Wondering what happened to the bulletin board?

There was a wall behind our door leading to the basement 
that has been begging for something to be hung.

Not sure what happened to the color in these pics. 
The wall isn't really splotchy like this.

Perfect place to hang those odds and ends: invitations, pictures, etc. That door is open most of the time so I don't have to worry if it is starting to look cluttered. 

**Stay tuned tomorrow and I'll show you how to come up with a cleaning and laundry schedule that works for you as well as some free printables. 

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  1. This is a super-idea, Susan! I would love to have had something like this when my kiddos were little. I did have a simple Chore Chart. I'm going to pass on your whole "command center" idea to both my daughter and DIL. It's wonderful!

    Congrats on the Liebster Award!

    1. Thanks a bunch Carol! It really has helped us stay on top of things. The original post helps to explain how I set up the wall pockets if you're interested. Have a great Monday!! :)

  2. Excellant command centre! The chalkboards are awesome! I'm still trying to figure out what kind of command centre will work for me, maybe some chalkboards:) I only have a very small space but there are only 3 of us so I'm sure I can make it work. Love your whole wall, TFS:)!

    1. Thank you Candice! The chalkboards are working well. I like them because if things change all I need to do is erase! Good luck with your command center. I'm sure it will come together! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow! Now that's impressive. Looks fantastic, and I'm sure it works like a charm Come link it up at

    1. Thanks Rose! It really is working well for us! I'll stop by in a bit!

  4. This is a wonderful command center! Very nice and organized. Love the clocks and the different time zones. I have been toying with that idea in my head and it is nice to see how it looks in your home.

    Fantastic job! :)


    1. Thanks Julie! I just stopped by your site and am a new follower! I always love a good before and after. What a great job you did on your kitchen! Can't wait to see more! Have a great week!

  5. I love this idea! great coomand center.

    1. Thank you! It really has been a life saver for us! Have a great week!



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