Printables for your family command center and tips on how to create and use one.
I've written before with tips on organizing your family schedule and staying organized for the whole school year. One tip that really can help busy families is using a family command center. What is a family command center? It's an area of your home that features schedules, paperwork, and other important things that your family needs to reference. Whether you use an official command center that you purchase, or set up your own area on a refrigerator or in a home office, a family command center can definitely help you get organized.
Finding a Family Command Center
I actually purchased mine through Thirty-One Gifts, but it doesn't appear that it's currently being offered. There are other options as well. Amazon has this one – although I'd probably recommend getting at least two if you have more than one child.
Another option is to set up your own. You can use plain refrigerator magnets to hold up the calendars, and purchase file pockets (these are magnetic).
The key is to place this whole set up somewhere convenient in your home. Don't tuck it away in a basement or closet where it won't be seen regularly.
Organizing Your Family Command Center
A family command center should contain four key components – a monthly schedule, a weekly schedule, a pocket for outgoing paperwork, and a pocket for incoming paperwork.
Using Your Family Command Center
I recommend that you update the monthly schedule with all of the major activities and events for your family. I usually do that right at the beginning of each month, and then make changes as needed. Then, you have two options for the weekly printable. You can either fill it out with your standard weekly schedule, and leave it as a static schedule for each season, or you can print one out weekly and update it for the upcoming week. I'd suggest that second option if your weekly schedule frequently changes.
Then, use the two file pockets as an inbox and outbox. I have my kids put their incoming school paperwork in the inbox, and I put anything they need to bring to school in the outbox. That way, they aren't just leaving papers on my desk, which inevitably end up getting lost.
For more home organization tips, check out these posts.
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