These clever and functional command center ideas will keep your home and family organized and firing on all cylinders at all times!
Having all the family members home this past month has kicked me into high gear wanting to come up with creative ways to keep us all organized. Even though we haven’t been leaving the house as often as we normally do (or at all really), when the time comes for life to resume as normal, I’d love to have a system in place to keep us firing on all the same cylinders.
I’ve had a little more downtime than normal and have been researching some of my favorite command centers and want to share them with you guys today!
What is a Command Center?
A family command center is a designated spot in your house that serves as a central location for keeping everyone organized. From sports, to school projects, and even meal planning - the command center is the hub of the chaos! Not only should it help keep your days organized like a planner would, but it's the perfect spot for mail, school papers and even keys.
1. Fridge Command Center
Keeping your family organized doesn’t mean that you have to have a ton of space. You can do what Chelsea and Logan did at Making Manzanita and utilize empty space on your fridge to keep everything in one spot. Plus, if your family is anything like mine, they’re making multiple trips to the fridge which means no excuses for forgetting something! ;)
2. Full Wall Command Center
If you have a big empty wall that seems to be screaming for wall organization, this is a great idea for how to have a home command center. I love the idea of having folders for everyone to keep personal or school papers, but one big calendar centering it all and (hopefully) keeping everyone’s schedule on track.
3. Integrated with the Decor
My favorite part of this idea is that at a glance, this just looks like decor! This looks like it’s set up in an entryway, and with the glass window, metal letter, and other decor items, you almost miss that there are things to help you keep organized - including using the glass window as a dry erase board!
4. Simple White Command Center
I think my favorite part is that this looks so light and bright that it blends in. I love that the frame around the dry erase board matches the frames where she added some sweet, simple artwork. Plus, this comes with a free printable that you can print out to use in your own home command center!
5. Ikea Hack
Don’t you love a good Ikea hack? Like we did with these DIY rustic shelves from Ikea that we did a while back in our little man’s nursery. They’ve taken these Ikea shoe storage cabinets and made them into pull out storage shelves! I also love that they used opening front frames for their dry erase boards as well.
6. Utilize Even the Smallest Space
I know it’s super easy to get overwhelmed with all the things you can find on a Pinterest board that can be helpful ideas for a home command center, but the truth is, you may not have a huge blank wall. I love that this is a very small space, even utilizing a cabinet with a pegboard inside to store keys! Genius!
7. Vertical Storage and Clocks
My favorite part of this personally is the 3 clocks above the chalkboard that have 3 United States time zones in them. So, it’s keeping you organized and educated all at the same time. Win win! Vertical storage is a must in a command center and the idea of using wood produce bins can add some visual depth to the space that helps it feel like decor. You can personalize this to match your own home’s decor style.
8. Simple and Minimal
Just about anything Lauren touches turns to gold and her command center is no exception. Very simple, very minimal, and yet has everything you need for a family command center. Clock, dry erase calendar, bulletin board and couple wood file boxes and voila! All set!
9. White and Gold Simplicity
I love the clean lines of this family command center. This feels like something I could easily implement in our space! Again, you don’t have to have a ton of room to feel organized. By using a few simple items like Annie did, your family is on its way to staying organized in no time.
10. Hall Space Command Center
Most command centers I’ve seen live in a kitchen, but I love this idea of utilizing your hall space if you don’t have any space in your kitchen. You can make it like a giant gallery wall, but also include items that allow you to hold paper items in one place.
11. Back to School Command Center
Command centers don’t have to be huge and elaborate. Another great example of a small space solution with a simple shelf and a bulletin board.
12. Use Space in the Pantry
If you are lucky enough to have a giant walk in pantry, it'a the perfect spot for a command center! It seems like a good trick to put a command center where you know you'll constantly be going. Here’s a good example of just a frame chalkboard and some file folders to house mail and school papers.
13. DIY Shiplap Command Center
If you have farmhouse style, you most likely are familiar with and love shiplap! So, here’s a great farmhouse designed command center that is also great for small spaces.
Which Family Command Center is Right For You?
Whatever style of family command center you decide to adopt, make sure that it works for your specific needs as a family. With that being said, I hope these ideas have sparked some creativity in creating your own family organization station!