How to Create a Kitchen Command Center
Dads get the home office and moms get a corner of the kitchen table. Here are some tips on how to create a space for mom. A kitchen command center is a place where family members can go for quick information like important dates, current to do’s and school information. Each center is different depending on your needs of the family but if done properly can help save time and keep your family organized.
Select the Right Spot- An area of the house that is passed though or easily accessible can be an effective location. Not all commend centers need to be in the kitchen. You may have a utility room or a nook in the hallway. Yours doesn’t have to look a certain way or be a certain size. You will want a small desk or shelves to place items on and drawers are a big help.
You may have special needs for your family that you will want to incorporate. Is it tax season and you need a space for incoming 1099’s, Do you have a small business that you run from home are you the secretary of the PTA and need room for project supplies and documents. Tailoring your center to your specific needs will be a must.
Stuff for your Command Center- Create a list of the things you would like to have in this space. Most command centers have a calendar, a place for pens/ pencils, a chalkboard or cork board for important messages/ notes and upcoming events, hooks for keys and a charging station for electronics. One of the most important things to have is a place for file folders, they will hold mail, coupons, receipts and other information. A wall file can be used, desk top file folder or tickler file it has to be easily accessible. Feel free to add some family photos, inspirational quotes or cute décor but be careful not to go overboard small places can get cluttered easily.
If you have cabinets or shelves in your command center grouping like items (scissors, tape, additional office supplies etc.) in bins and labeled it will help save space and avoid creating clutter. Clear bins with lids are great for stacking and fabric bins with windows can add color and hide stuff.
Get Rid of the Extras- Make sure to be aware of what belongs and what doesn’t. Your command center is centrally located and maybe an easy drop spot for miscellaneous items. Find homes for this stuff and let your family members know what belongs at the command center and what doesn’t.
There are so many things to take into consideration when creating your command center but the information above is a good start. Don’t be afraid to tweak and make changes if the space isn’t working for you. And be sure to keep your new space clean and organized. Have Fun!