You have probably heard over and over that you should have a command center in your home. With back to school season just around the corner, there is no better time to get organized and take control of your living space. If you are overwhelmed by all the pictures and tutorials, I’m going to walk you through step by step of how to build a command center that is designed with the busy mom in mind!

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What bothers you the most when you enter your home?

Many of the things that bother you as soon as you enter your home can be fixed with a command center. Start by taking the thing that is bothering you the most about entering the home, and use this as a starting point for your command center. Do you need a place to put the mail? Keys? Or other items when you walk in? Then allow a bin or a place for this in your command center!

What are you constantly losing or misplacing?
If you aren’t really one to lose things, consider asking instead what are you constantly grabbing or looking for? This may be your keys, purse, or important documents that need to be taken with you. These are the items you want to keep in your command center. A command center should serve as a place to keep all of your family’s most important things, and having these items in one spot will make getting out the door easier.

What comes home or leaves with your kids?
This is where you might start thinking about what should be at eye level for your kids. These could include backpacks, homework drop stations, lunchboxes, and other items such as after school stuff. Put a place for these items near the bottom of your command center so your kids can easily access these items. This can also be a place where you put things for your children to take with them such as classroom supplies and signed papers.

What information does your family need?
This is where to do lists, calendars, and other organizers will come into play. Depending on your family’s needs this could be a calendar, meal planner, to do list, shopping list, or maybe all of them. Take the information your family needs to access regularly and put it in your command center! If you’re not sure what type of organizer you need, start with a trial piece and see how it functions in your home. A dry erase board to do list may sound like a good idea, but if you need to take the to-do list with you then it won’t be as helpful. Think about the way your family will not only receive this information but how they will use it to help you determine the best option for your family.

You don’t have to have a million things in your command center for it to function well. I hope this tutorial has not only helped you become a little more organized but also teach you how to put together a command center that will work for your family.

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