DIY stuff doesn’t normally top my list of things to do but a new home will do that to ya! I’m being very mindful to keep the clutter to a minimum. Too much stuff and I get into “mean mom” mode and that’s just not fun for anyone. My main motivation for the command center, was to de-clutter my dining room table and kitchen counter. This Mama needed her space back! I was also tired of picking up backpacks near the front door or even better – the middle of the floor.
Since we don’t have a foyer, our dining room table became the dumping spot for everything as we walk in the door. Another downside to having no foyer or entry way is finding a home for backpacks and baby bag. Naturally, I went to Pinterest for some inspiration and easy solutions for the dumping madness. I came across many command center boards so I combined a few ideas and made it fit my family’s needs: mail, calendar, chore chart and a space to hang notes or receipts.
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Where did everything come from, you ask? A mix of all my favorite stores – Amazon, Michaels and Home Depot! Ok, so maybe Home Depot isn’t necessarily one of my favorite stores but it is for my husband. The family sign and the backpack hooks are both from there. I have to give him credit for making the backpack hooks! As you can see, the backpacks now have a home!
The dry erase board is from Amazon and doubles as the school lunch calendar. We allow Gianna to eat a school lunch once, sometimes twice (for those real crazy busy weeks) a week. She only likes a handful of lunch meals which includes, pizza, nachos and spaghetti. So when school is serving one of these three meals, I add it to the calendar. The cute chalkboard frame can be used a menu. I like it as a place to post important reminders or inspirational and motivating phrases. The wire baskets are from Michaels or you can find a mail sorter on Amazon that fits your space better.
My favorite item on this wall is this piece which I found at a local arts and craft market. It works perfect for our dog leashes and dry erase markers and pens. I thought about painting it but I really love the natural wood. This cost me $15 and is probably the most expensive thing on this wall. I love it!
So is this command center working? Yes. The piles are less and I can see my table now! There are still days when I have to remind my little one to hang-up her backpack. But at least there is a place for it now. Another plus to this command center is that we have very little paper on our fridge. This just makes me LOOK and FEEL organized, so I’m happy with it!