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Our Family Command Center

With the new move, I find myself more motivated than ever to get our home and family organized. I’ve tried and tested many different household management methods over the years and I feel that I’ve finally got a good idea of what ought to work for us.

In our new house, there is a space between the kitchen and the stairwell which I feel will work perfectly as the location for a family command center. This little room is big enough to be considered a breakfast nook but for us it’s not much more than a glorified hallway. However, we go through it many, MANY times per day. One side of the room is going to serve as a coffee / drinks bar but this wall here would be a perfect spot for the calendars and memo boards.

What a huge expanse of blank wall!

What am I talking about? A family command center is a designated place in the home for communication and organization. It is different for every family depending on their needs, interests and desires.

While I researched command centers, I gathered my ideas together in my Pinterest in an effort to figure out exactly what we need.

  • a family calendar to keep all of our schedules organized
  • a meal planner of some kind (Phil received a free calendar at the local SPAR and wants to use that for his menu planning)
  • a place to post messages to one another
  • a way to file and sort our paperwork
  • a centralized to-do list

After a trip to IKEA to hunt for solutions and a bit of time to let my ideas marinate, I was ready to get started. The first step was to assemble the Kvissle filing system and cover it with some white oak adhesive vinyl. Of course, the little one helped.

Nothing better than working with my apprentice by my side

Once all of the pieces of the command center were ready, it was time to figure out the set-up.

My first step was to carefully measure all of the components of the command center as well as the available space itself. I took out my trusty Atoma notebook and made a scale model of the entire project, wall, message boards, everything.

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Once everything was sketched out, I cut out the pieces and played with the arrangement until I had something which looked right.

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Once I was happy with the set-up, I made full size templates and pulled out my ruler to put them up on the wall as I’d planned.

To make your full size paper templates, set your to-be-hung items on old gift wrap and trace around them. Cut out the template and mark where nails and screws have to go. Now you can simply tape the templates onto the wall and rearrange until you’ve found a layout you enjoy. Then there’s nothing easier than simply drilling the holes through the templates themselves!

Paper templates

The wall, unfortunately, is structural. I had to send Phil off to the hardware store to get a more powerful drill as ours just couldn’t get through the concrete. He drilled my holes for me and I was able to get the entire thing set up to go in a matter of minutes.

I love my to-do list but it needs a bit more tweaking before it works as planned for our family. Once I have worked out all the kinks, it will get its own post.

By Misty Rae

I'm a 37 year old American who lives in Belgium. I spend the majority of my time being a wife, mother and homemaker. During the Belgian school year I teach a immersion English classes to children through the school Kids&Us in Hannut and I also volunteer as a teacher for the Marchin Cultural Center's weekly English Conversation Classes.

My hobbies include medieval reenactment, bobbin lace-making, creating delicious treats in the kitchen as well as creating various beautiful objects to fill my home.

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