Are you drowning/succumbing in/to the daily inflow of mail and school papers? Don’t fret, girl…I got you! I LEGIT believe every family needs a command center that keeps everything effortlessly in it’s place. And I definitely believe its totally and one hundred percent DOABLE!
My family of five desperately needed a visually appealing landing spot for all of our “stuff” – so I enlisted the help of my very talented friend Laura from iHeartbins. She is a wizard when it comes to analyzing a space, knowing what bins will work best and quickly making it happen!
I’ve taken her expertise and created a simple starting point for creating an aesthetically pleasing and functional command center.
Location, Location, Location
Your family command center needs to be in a space that naturally collects your mail, bills, keys, and kids papers. It needs to be designated as THE space that the entire family will use. The more traffic a space gets, the better! So chose a high traffic zone to designate as your center.
Designate a Space for Each Family Member
Within your command center, provide a bin, file or tub for each family member. Laura helped me create file bins for each of our five family members and it has been incredibly life changing! Now, when there is a random piece of paper, note, or nik nak hanging around making me crazy, I toss it into whoever’s bin it is and viola! I will take each of the kids bins and sort them out about once every couple of weeks and place papers that we are wanting to hold onto in their schoolwork tub.
Group Like Items
Well of course that feels like common sense but you’d be surprised at just how much “stuff” can get shoved into random baskets on a shelf if there is no real system for where things go. The first thing we did was to remove everything from the cabinets that were being turned into our command center and sort through all of it. We were able to see just how much stuff was in there and get rid of a bunch of useless clutter!
Think Cohesive Simplicity
When you look at this space in your home, the one thing you do not want to feel is overwhelmed or frazzled. This space needs to be an aesthetically pleasing, trusty landing pad for the ins and outs of your family. Just because it holds ALL THE THINGS, doesn’t mean it has to LOOK LIKE IT DOES. So select simple but matching bins and buy or make matching labels that will help you know what is in each bin.
It has made a world of difference in our organization and cutting down on the amount of papers just laying around everywhere! I feel so much more on top of things and…best of all – I don’t loathe opening up those doors to try and find something!