Man. These past couple of months have kind of kicked my trash. I am sure you can tell from my lack of posts. There were a million things that contributed but some of the big ones were Shane’s sister got married and we hosted the wedding dinner in our yard (which meant lots of yard word to prepare), we traveled to Idaho for the reception, I had surgery (yuck), the kids started school and we had to adjust to a new schedule, and I am still limping along with the upstair renovation.
But in between all the craziness, I have been working on my house. I am moving back into my office today and I am so in love with it I want to cry. And today I am sharing our updated command center!
I believe in the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Our command center has really worked for us over the last few years so I didn’t want to change how it functioned, just freshen it up to match the look of the newly updated dining and kitchen area. We are going to be adding cabinet up on top that go clear to the ceiling so the command center “wall” needed to go higher. Instead of replacing the whole section of wood, I added a small piece tot he top and then planked the whole thing. I am going to be doing more planking in other places around the house so this also helped tie it in.
Our command center is simple and consists of their list of chores, a place to put all their school work, and our family motto.
The place they put their papers is a magazine rack from IKEA. I have loved having a drop off place for all their things. Once they get home everything from their backpack goes in their slot. The top slot is for piano books. Then I can go through things at my own leisure and decide what is a “keep” and what is a “toss”. It also helps with not losing their homework. Although I have one who magically no matter what seems to lose his…. Grrr.
If you don’t live near an IKEA, you can buy some of their stuff on Amazon:
This little black stool is mine and I have had it since I was 4 years old. My mom took me with her to pick up some bar stools. The store had matching mini version and my 4 year old self must have looked pretty cute sitting on it because my mom was suckered into to getting it for me. It was really worn so I recently painted it black. We call it our “helper chair” since my kids stand on it to help me at the counter, sink, or to reach the upper cabinets.
Do you have a command center in your home? What do you have in it? I would love to hear what works for you and your family!
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