Saturday, January 12, 2013

Project Home Management Binder Day 2: Tweaking the Command Center

 As I mentioned the other day, I am working towards creating an efficient Home Manager Binder that will house pretty much everything we need to run our home/life more smoothly. (See this post to see the materials I am using as well as the categories I have chosen to include here.)

I also mentioned that we have a command center that serves 
some of this purpose as well.

Here is a picture of our original command center.

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Here it is after I added the chalkboards.

Now because I am truly trying to be deliberate in how I design the binder, I wanted to tweak our command center a bit to make it work even better for us. 

The first little "tweak" was to paint the chalkboards using left over paint from our laundry room project.

With vinyl labels, I am able to quickly glance and check what
household chores need to be done each day.
(You can see more about how I came up with this chore schedule here.)

Although you may be thinking that wasn't exactly necessary, I am a firm believer in creating a space to motivate you to want to maintain it. 

I also bought these little fasteners from Walmart (which are essentially velcro circles)

and attached them to colored markers.

Since I have assigned each family member a color, this makes it so much easier to grab the marker I need to add to our calendar when needed.

I also found these cute lil' magnetic clips (Target) to hold 
various notes and messages.

Which leads me to our wall boxes, where I made a few minor adjustments as well. 

Each person already had an "Info" folder to hold things to read or do at a later date. Just sort of a place to keep personal things we aren't ready to get rid of. We also had an "Action" folder to hold things that need to be taken care of the next few days or so. 

After talking to my hubs, I decided to make a "Mail" folder for him to hold his unopened mail, magazines, etc.

I added a "Creative Order" folder to my pocket to hold time, expense, and mileage sheets that I need to keep record on for my business.

The kids'"Info" folder is more for school info and such that changes monthly (i.e. snack schedule). The "Action" folder doesn't get used a whole lot yet just because they are young and their "action" is typically my "action". But the idea is that when they get a little older and hold more responsibility, this will be their folder of things like weekly homework, etc. that they need to act on.

I decided to add an "Artwork" folder for each of their boxes to hold little masterpieces they create (at home and at school) that hasn't gotten hung up but that I can't seem to let go of (quite yet anyway). It also holds it until I decide whether it is worthy of filing away long-term. (See our "Waterman Art Gallery" here.)

The middle "Pending" box is a condensed sort of Tickler File. I have a folder for each month of the year. This is when things come up that don't need to be taken care of or referenced for a month or more down the road.

For example, I stuck the Winter issue of the Rec Center catalog in the January folder because I knew I would be needing it this month to sign the girls up for gymnastics.

 This honestly has been really handy and helps give those random papers that we don't always know what to do with, a home.

For whatever reason, I don't have a picture of the wall pocket below this but it holds a "To be payed/Take action" folder for bills or other things that need to be taken care of on my bill paying day and a "To be filed" folder for things that need to be filed away. I pay our household bills and use a program called Quicken to do so. I will try and do a post to describe our bill-paying method in more detail one of these days. Now that we do them this way, I would never do it any other way.

Last but not least, actually resides in our pantry. But I thought I'd revisit it just because you could also have these as categories in a Home Management Binder. It holds our Take-out Menu/Coupon holder (see more about that here) and a place to hold coupons before they've been clipped and put in my organizer (see that post here). Again, another way to get paper off of the counter. :)

Okay, that does it. I think I'm officially ready to start on my first category, Planning Ahead of my Binder. Join me next week as I do just that! There will be lots of printables! :)

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  1. Wow- you are organized. I love the clocks.

    Stopping by from the weekend blog hop to say hello.POSH

    1. Thanks Posh! I try my hardest. The clocks may be my favorite part as well. :)

  2. I love those magnet clips - so cute! It's awesome to see pics of your command centre - someday I'll have space for one of my own!

    1. Thanks Candice! This has really helped us stay on top of things. You don't have to have an entire wall either--a file box on the counter or even the inside of a cabinet can work just as well. Have a great week!

  3. It looks fantastic! I think it looks like it will help you with getting those tasks done on the days you want to. How did you hang the file pockets on the back of the door? I need to use that idea.

    1. Thanks so much! You're right about being motivated to do things I don't want to. :) I'm a firm believer that when you create an organized space that is also pleasing to the eye, it makes it that much more motivating to keep it that way. As for the pockets on the door, I just used small removable Command hooks because the pockets have little holes in them. Hope that helps!


  4. You are so organized! I love all the individual pockets and how you used velcro to hang the sharpies. Can you come to my house and organize for me? : )

    Thanks for sharing all your fantastic ideas.

    Thrifty Decor Mom

    1. Thank you Lori! That means a lot considering you are so organized yourself! Hope you have a great week!


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    1. Thanks Steph! They're much easier to find now. :)

  6. What an amazing command station! :) I'd love for you to stop by my weekly link party and link this up.
    Hope to see you there.

  7. Such great tips and I love how you utilized that wall. Your use of colors really make it such a happy space!


    1. Thanks a bunch! That means so much coming from you. Love your blog---I'm a huge fan. :)


  8. Love this!! pinned it!!

    Now following you via bloglovin

    Natasha @

  9. It sounds like you've read David Allen's book (s) which is what my husband and I are doing at the moment and why I'm researching family command centers. I'm really glad I stumbled across your tut using some of his organizing strategies/ lingo to help us better apply this to our lives. Thanks so much!



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