Thursday, February 18, 2016

Family Command Center


Have you ever heard of a Family Command Center?  Sounds serious doesn't it.  A Family Command Center, (FCC) or more friendly "Launch Pad' is a spot in your home that you designate to hold the family calendar  It is usually located in a high traffic spot where everyone passes by on their way out the door for the day.  There is usually a bulletin board involved holding a collection of family schedules and important "Don't Forget!" information.  

We have had some assemblance of a FCC in our home since our children were very small.  It has been a great way to keep everyone semi organized and delivered where they needed to be throughout the week. Now that our kids are almost grown our FCC is still an important organizational tool.  




Since our kitchen is on the small side I like to utilize as much of the unseen spaces as I can.  So our FCC is on the back of our pantry door.  It is one spot everyone sees before they head out in the morning and I also like the fact that we can close the door and keep everything tucked away and private.  

Our FCC has 3 basic components, a bulletin board for the calendar and keeping invites and whatnot in sight, a file systems and an events board.  My only criteria was that everything had to fit into this narrow space.  



The bulletin board turned into a little DIY project because I could not find anything to fit into my tiny space.  I found the frame at Kirklands in the clearance rack, I removed the picture and the glass and added some thin cork panels and covered it all with burlap. (my favorite fabric of all time)  Total redo cost was $12.00.


Next up is the file system which, to me, is the most important part.  This is where the family's IN/OUT files are, there is a file for doctors and health insurance receipts, a file for coupons and a HOLD file.  If the kids have paperwork needing to be filled out and sign this is where its kept.  The 3 tier wire file rack was found at Target for about $12.00.  I added a Dollar Spot list pad and a cup to hold pens and Sharpies. total cost $15.00.


Lastly is our events board.  If you are like me, you can sometimes loose your marbles over the kids asking again and again when a certain event is taking place.  Our events board contains any upcoming party, trip or occasion that we have on our schedule for the month.  Now, everyone can see what's coming up at a glance.  This cute chalkboard was found in the Dollar spot at Target for $3.00, one of my favorite buys ever!

Our FCC has been so helpful keeping our family organized and moving out the door every morning.  Maybe it will work for you too.


  I share more about our Family Control Center in the video below


                          



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23 comments:

  1. I love your family command center!! So organized.. I need to do this!! :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! Organizing is an on going adventure. Thank you so much for visiting, I hope you come back soon.
      xoxo Mickey

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  2. This is amazing!! I have totally been wanting to do this for some time now. I just have a planner and go from that but I think I'll try some of your ideas! That's great, Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Valarie! I still use my planner daily too but this is great for the whole family. Thank you so much for visiting!
      xoxo Mickey

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  3. As my daughter grows and has more commitments at school and her activities, I definitely need something like this! I love being able to see everything I have to do at a glance. :)

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    1. Hi Natalie, Lots of kids with lots of activities is where this came from. The busy years when the kids are small are the best years!
      xoxo Mickey

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  4. I love the filing system. I havesomething similar but this would be great.

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    1. Hi Wendy, As long as your system works for you that's all that is important.
      xoxo Mickey

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  5. Love this. I'm in the process of setting one of these up, as our kids are getting older. We don't have room in our kitchen, but I'm going to try near our front door.

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    1. Hi Shann, Near the front door is a perfect place for FCC. As your children become more involved with activities, a FCC will even be more important. Thank you for visiting!
      xoxo Mickey

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  6. This is great! I think it would come in more handy when my kid is older! <3

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    1. Hi Susannah! Thank you so much for vising, I hope my post gave you some ideas of what might work for you.
      xoxo Mickey

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  7. Love this!! I wish I had a good space for a command center..I have bits and pieces all over the house that keeps it all under control!

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    1. Hi Jackie, It seems you have found a system that works for you. Thank you so much for visiting!
      xoxo Mickey

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  8. Thank you for sharing this over at Blogger Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party! Pinned and hope to see you again! Have an awesome week!

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    1. Hi Christina! Thank you so much, I will definitely be back to link up with the Blogger Spotlight and Pin-It Party. Wishing you a great weekend a head
      xoxo Mickey

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  9. I so have a command center. It has always been necessary! Great post! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you for visiting! I loved linking with Home Sweet Home. See you soon.
      xoxo Mickey

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    1. Yay! Thank you so much Sherry for featuring me! Love your HOME SWEET HOME Link party!
      xoxo Mickey

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  11. this is a fabulous idea. love that you put it inside the pantry. i'm going to pass this post on to my daughter who has the same type pantry in her kitchen. And, so glad you stopped by and left a comment on my post about family quilts...it's how I found your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, I hope your daughter finds some good ideas for her own family command center. This has really helped my guys. I loved your post on quilts, they are truly works of art.
      xoxo Mickey

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