DIY Command Center

January 20th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized, Wellness 10 thoughts on “DIY Command Center”

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A few weeks ago I posted on Periscope asking for advice for how to create a DIY command center. (PS: Are you on Periscope?! It’s fun! I’m at sarahrbagley.) I said I wanted something like the Pottery Barn Daily System, but, unfortunately, that system is a bit too big for our space. Many suggested piecing it together through various boards I could find at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and such.

I’d been looking around for ages to find pieces I could cobble together and make work in our space. It’s harder said than done! And I wasn’t sure exactly what I needed. I knew I wanted a place to write down our family happenings like Kate’s soccer practices and games, stuff going on at the elementary school and preschool, Dan’s travel schedule, family activities, etc… And I also wanted a place to collect school papers, hang the lunch menu, and collect the Costco circular and coupons like those from Bed Bath & Beyond. But I didn’t want it to look messy.

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In my mind, we needed a good sized calendar so I could fit more than one thing in each date box, some sort of file system, and something like a chalk board or white board. I wanted the pieces to look nice together and look pretty, not like office supplies.

After searching and searching, I ran into the answer by accident. I was at Staples looking for something completely unrelated to the command center when I ran across the perfect white board calendar. I was drawn to it because the frame looked less like an office supply and more like a frame you’d see around a piece of art. And I loved the big date boxes, the note section on the side, and the strip of bulletin board on the bottom. Plus, it was the perfect size.

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Upon finding that piece de resistance, the other pieces came together quickly. I found that file organizer at Home Goods, and I picked up those two chalk boards at WalMart. That cute little wooden piece is actually a bottle opener wall from Target, but we use it to hold the chalk pieces in that little basket.

We LOVE this system. I wasn’t sure how we’d use the calendar exactly (Dan and I also share a couple Google Calendars.), but it’s so great to have that quick at-a-glance look at our days as I’m going about my day. I also love listing our meals for the week. We’re forever forgetting what we have in the freezer. So we use that notes section to write down a list of meals we want to have that week, so every morning we consult the list and quickly decide what we’re having for dinner.

I hang Kate’s monthly lunch schedule on the bulletin board, so she and I can pick what lunches she wants to buy that week. And I adore that file hanger that I use to collect magazines, coupons, and all that school stuff.

Do you have a home command center? How do you use yours? I LOVE organizing systems, so I’d love to hear about yours!

Hi! I’m Sarah, I am passionate about creating community, building deep connections, and the power of creativity. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, our three kids, and our golden-lab mix.

I believe in leggings as pants, and I drink my coffee black. I love shopping at Costco, teaching group exercise classes, and, athleisure.

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