Let’s talk about the back to school command center or the family command center. Whatever you call it, a command center is a place or places in your home where your family can go for important info and organized places to keep your every day things.
With busy schedules having a family command center can keep everything organized for you!
Since it is almost back to school, now is the perfect time to set up your own family command center in your home to stay organized throughout the school year.
Setting up a school command center does not have to be intimidating. I know Pinterest makes everything look so picture perfect! But a command center does not have to be this elaborate plan.
I have 5 back to school command center must haves, pretty simple right?
So let’s dive in…
1 – A Drop Zone
The first thing I can not live without is a drop zone, specifically for my kids school supplies.
Having a central location where all of their backpacks, library books and shoes can go is essential for those rushed school mornings.
You can hang some hooks on the wall to hang their items like backpacks and jackets.
Simply place their shoes they are going to wear the next day right under each child’s backpack.
Or you can get a storage bench for even extra space. Place their shoes in buckets under the bench. This is what we have!
2- File Station
Having multiple children in school means a ton of paperwork that comes home.
I have a simple file station for my kids.
Each child has their own slot to drop in any paperwork they have for me to look over or items I need to sign.
This makes the mounds of paperwork easy to deal with. Rather than three kids handing me stacks of papers each day.
When they come home from school, they simply empty their backpacks. Then they file the papers I need to look at in their folder.
3 – Whiteboard or Chalkboard
I’ll be honest I am a whiteboard freak.
I just love them and have them in a few places of my home.
You can even use chalkboard paint to paint a section right on your wall.
You can use them to write reminders for a child or a chore that you need done.
Whiteboards are such an inexpensive way to stay very organized.
4 – Calendar
With the hustle and bustle of so many things happening each day a calendar is a must have addition to your family command center.
Make sure everyone in the family knows what’s happening each day with a simple monthly or weekly calendar.
This helps everyone stay in the loop and organized.
5 – Cork Board
This is where I like to hang my kids after school routine checklists and chore charts.
That way they can easily see what is expected that day and everything that needs to get get done gets done.