I used to be very organised and knew exactly where I needed to be and when, who’s birthday it was and when bills needed to be paid, then I had children and my brain forgot all the important stuff! In a bid to get organised, I have created a family command centre in our kitchen and this is how I did it.
A family command centre is very American, Pinterest is full of them if you look but I love how organised it can make you so I have adopted the idea and made our very own space in the kitchen. No more letters from school stuck on the fridge, no more hunting down the appointment letters for the hospital, it should all have a home. Family command centres will vary family to family depending on your needs.
My first purchase was a combined pin and memo board and I bought this one from Amazon for £10.99. It’s 90cm x 60cm and is the perfect size for the space in our kitchen. One side has a cork pin board and the other a dry wipe surface for writing notes etc. It also comes with a pen for writing notes.
On the cork board side, I have a Busy B family calendar which is a great option if there’s more than two of you in the house. This one has five columns so each of us gets a column for important dates and reminders and I use the fifth one for important birthdays. We also write our meal plan out for the week ahead and stick this to the pin board every Sunday.
On the memo side of the board, I found a seller on Etsy (DigitalsandDecals) who created customised decals at a great price, prices vary according to wording and size. I ordered a family name for the top of the board, ‘to do’ and ‘shopping list’ as I thought they were going to be the most used categories for our board.
Underneath the pin/memo board, I wanted to hang some magazine racks for storing all those letters you get from nursery / school. I wanted the boys to share one, one for me and my husband underneath to pop mail and bills to pay in and another letter holder for all the take away menus, supermarket coupons and recipes that we used to store down the side of the fridge!
I found the Farringdon Wire Magazine Racks from Garden Trading and loved them. They’re not cheap but they work well and look really nice on the wall. The Farringdon Letter Holder is also a great find, from the same company and collection and I love how practical and stylish they are.
I’ve added some clips to the magazine racks for the house keys and so far it’s working just how I wanted it too. We also have a clock above the doorway so we know what time it is (anyone else’s microwave never have the correct time?)
That’s it for now, I’ve been using our family command centre for a while now and I’m so pleased with it. Let me know if you make one!