What is a Command Center?

Organization doesn’t come natural to me. I tend to let things pile up. This is why I need an organization system in my home. Creating a central place in my home to organize all the papers and schedules has been a freeing project. I can now easily organize each day and all the papers in my new Command Center.

If we look on Pinterest, we’ll find a beautifully designed Command Centers. Many of them have color-coordinated accessories. Some have artistically arranged wall displays. I’ve seen chalkboard, white board, and fabric board displays that look amazing!

My home command center.

My Command Center is very minimal and simple. This is the style that I prefer with my modern decor. In my small dining area, there is plenty of room to locate my simple Command Center. My children are grown, so I don’t need to keep up with tons of children’s activities and school assignments. When I was younger there would have been a different design to my Command Center.

The beauty of designing your own Command Center is that you can create one that fits your season of life as well as your personal style. Styles can be rustic, farmhouse style, modern, country, or just about any combination. The key to a practical and helpful Command Center is for your individual needs to be met.

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Some of the most often needed resources for a Command Center:

  • Calendar: Journal-style, wall calendar, or computer
  • Paper Filing System: Baskets, File Box, or Drawer
  • Paper accessories: Paper clips, pins, highlighters, colorful pens, etc
  • Chore Organization: Chore Charts, (chore chart downloads in sidebar) lists, or Cleaning Planner
  • Menu Planning: Menu Planner, Chalkboard
  • Management System: Management binder, files, or baskets
  • Bill Paying System: Baskets, Notebook with envelopes, online folders
  • Children’s Papers: Files or Baskets for assignment sheets, activity paperwork, permission slips

Where to Locate your Command Center

Command Centers can be located in any location in your home. It is best if it is located in a location that you’ll walk through quite often. But, sometimes we might need to locate it wherever there is a space. In a tiny apartment, this might have to be on the refrigerator. Using a lot of magnetic calendars and boards, you could organize your life in a small space.

A mud room could be a nice place to locate the Command Center because there are going to be places for hanging up jackets, backpacks, and keys already. Adding baskets, calendars, and chalkboards can create a space that organizes everyone. Any nook or cranny can be used to help make your life easier.

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Lisa Ehrman

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22 Comments

Tamra Phelps · May 31, 2020 at 7:02 pm

I have to have a place for these kinds of things, too. I tend toward chaos, lol, so it’s a necessity.

    Lisa Ehrman · May 31, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Yeah, we both really need some place to get order to our chaos πŸ™‚

Sue E · May 31, 2020 at 8:41 pm

I like your choice of words!! Command center!! I agree! Why have a command center if you don’t have all the proper essentials that you need! Your special space is beautiful! I had to pin this.

Dana Rodriguez · June 1, 2020 at 9:28 am

Your Command Center looks very nice. Our home office could use some help for sure!

    Lisa Ehrman · June 1, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Thank you. I’m always hoping to be helpful. I hope that you can create a working space that works for your needs πŸ™‚

Jodi Hunter · June 1, 2020 at 11:03 am

Thanks for this post it was very helpful.

Hannah Chase · June 2, 2020 at 11:50 pm

I like the idea of having a command center. I live in a small apartment so I would make one on the refrigerator.

    Lisa Ehrman · June 3, 2020 at 7:57 am

    That is a great way to save space and be organized, too πŸ™‚

Dana · June 6, 2020 at 10:20 pm

I live by myself but I still need a home command center. Lol Its a great way to be organized.

deb pelletier · June 19, 2020 at 8:21 pm

Thank you for the information, great idea.

Victoria Scott · July 15, 2020 at 5:35 pm

This is amazing! Even I could pull this off! Thanks for sharing!

monique s · August 6, 2020 at 5:09 am

So helpful to have everything organized

Debbie P · October 14, 2020 at 8:19 pm

I need to do this and make a command center . I especially like the baskets and they could help a quite a bit. Thanks.

Monica McConnell · December 20, 2020 at 5:09 pm

great tips thank you. I am not naturally very organized but I really want to be and so i will take all the tips and tricks i can

    Lisa Ehrman · December 21, 2020 at 10:10 am

    I hope that it’s helpful. I fight with this everyday, too.

Lauryn R · July 24, 2021 at 11:46 am

This is a great idea! I love organization and it always helps sp much. I homeschool my kids so having a specific spot set up with all of our crafts and school supplies really keeps us on track.

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