If you are short on room then this post on small space family command center ideas is just what you need to streamline the running of your home and control the paper clutter for good. Another genius way to set up a command center in your home.
Have you ever been late for an appointment or forgotten one altogether? That right there used to be my motto. Let’s face it, keeping not only ourselves organized but our family as well can be a tall order to fill. That is until I was introduced to a family hub and it completely changed everything for me. By setting up a spot in your home where you can streamline the day-to-day activities of your family you will never miss an appointment again.
Hey, we’ve all been there – our homes are cluttered and we just don’t know where to start when it comes to getting organized. And sometimes it is better to start with our family instead of our stuff. If you can get a system set up that will help you keep your family on track it will build a bit of confidence that you can use to organize your entire home. that is why a family command center is a perfect place to start when it comes to organizing your home.
What is a family command center?
A family command center is a designated space for everything you need to keep your family and your home running smoothly. It’s like a big organizer that is meant to keep everyone on time and on track.
You can include each family member’s schedule, their appointments, projects or homework they need to work on, and so much more. You can also have a spot for paying bills, incoming and outgoing mail, and important documents. Having everything all in one place so you know exactly where everything is right when you need it will help to reduce your stress and make everyone happier in the long run.
Small space family command center
You may think that because you have a small home you do not have the room for a full wall set up that you can use as your family hub. No worries. Command centers come in all sizes so that means you can make anything work in just about any location. You can even make a command center work great in an RV, one of the smallest of homes out there.
Where should you set up a family command center?
There are a few things to consider when setting up your family command center, especially if you have a small home. First, think about where everyone in your family spends the most time. This might be the kitchen, the living room, or even a mudroom or entryway. If you can find that one space that everyone passes through regularly, you will have the perfect place to set up your command center. You will also want to keep in mind the ages of your family so you can really create a hub that works for everyone.
What supplies do you need for a family command center?
For most command centers the supplies will be basically the same. A cork board, push pins, magnetic board, chalkboard, a binder, and basic office supplies are all great things to have on hand. You might also want to invest in some pretty file folders or storage bins to keep everything else organized. Once you have your supplies, it’s time to plan out the layout of your command center.
Setting up your small space family command center.
When deciding on the layout keep in mind who will need to use what. If you have younger children then keeping an area that they are able to reach easily is a good thing to keep in mind. For all layouts, the biggest area will be needed for the cork board. Choose a nice open space and cut enough corkboard to fit snugly in the room you have chosen. Hang it up using extra reinforcement to ensure it stays in place.
Other areas to consider for your family command center.
A great small space setup is on the front or side of your refrigerator. I love this area as it is sure to be seen by every single family member in your home. If you choose the fridge you can use a magnetic calendar and dry-erase lists. You can also use magnet containers to hold a variety of supplies including papers.
You can also use the inside of a kitchen cabinet and the counter space below for more room. Keep papers and binders on the shelf, a calendar on the cabinet door, organizers on the counter below, and baskets to hold papers and any mail.
A door in a mudroom is another area to consider. A full door will give you more space than you will need even for a complicated setup. You can have a calendar, dry erase lists, hanging file holders, and baskets to hold a variety of items.
A table or other piece of furniture. This is the option we used for many years and it worked really well. Our baker’s rack was more than enough room to run our family of 6 and everyone found it easy to keep up with as well. We had a drawer for each family member, a binder with my main papers, a basket for mail, a bin for car keys and shopping lists, a calendar, and even space for everyone’s schedules.
The trick to choosing the best location for your setup is to find an area that everyone can see and use.
Fill in your family command center.
Now that you have your set up in place, you will want to fill in your center with any important information that you will need going forward.
A few ideas are:
- family calendar
- sporting schedules
- work schedules
- school papers
- to-do lists
- important documents
- take out menus
- shopping lists
A binder will work really well to hold most of your papers with a bulletin board and/or dry-erase boards to keep track of the rest.
Don’t forget to make it your own!
You can also use it as a place to display family photos, family menus, or special artwork. Anything that is important to your family can go in your command center.
Get into the habit of using your command center daily.
There is nothing more frustrating than setting up a new organizing setup and then totally forgetting to use it. This was me constantly in the beginning. To help me to better remember to use our family hub I set a reminder on my phone. Each week I would get a notice to check my command center and update it with any new information. After a while, I was able to remove that reminder as our center became an incredibly useful tool that I completely relied on to stay organized.
Minimalist Command Center
If you’re looking for a way to organize your home and family without a lot of fuss, a minimalist command center might be the perfect solution. This type of command center is designed to be functional and efficient, without a lot of extra bells and whistles. The key is to focus on the essentials, so that you can keep your family organized without adding clutter to your home.
One of the great things about a minimalist command center is that it can be set up in any space, no matter how small. All you need is a few key pieces of furniture or storage, and you’re good to go. For example, you might want to use a small desk or table as your main work surface. Then, you can add a few shelves or baskets to store all of your family’s essential items.
Another key element of a minimalist command center is that it should be highly functional. This means that everything should have a purpose and a place. To keep your command center organized, make sure to designate specific areas for each type of item. For example, you might want to have a place for bills and paperwork, a spot for school and extracurricular activities, and an area for family photos and keepsakes.
Finally, don’t forget to make use of vertical space. When you’re working with a small space, it’s important to get creative with your storage. Shelves and bulletin boards are a great way to maximize your space and keep everything within easy reach.
A family command center is a great way to stay organized, especially if you have a small home. By setting up a space where everyone can easily see important information, you can reduce stress and make life run more smoothly. All you need is a corkboard, push pins, magnetic board, tape, and scissors to get started.
If you’re looking for more organizational inspiration, be sure to check out our other posts on the subject. We’ve got tons of great ideas to help you get your home in order. You can also find us on Pinterest where we share even more great tips and tricks. Happy organizing!