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Command Center & Home Message Board Hall Of Fame

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Every home needs a home message board, or family command center, of some type, where messages can be shared between family members, and information the whole family needs to know can be conveyed.

The busier the household the more important this is because people are coming and going and there still needs to be communication.

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Yes, with smart phones a lot of the little notes like, "gone to the store," don't need to be shared anymore since you can just call or text, but even now there are still papers from school or church with dates or needed information, phone messages where a child has answered the phone and needs to tell a person has called, etc.

There is no right or wrong way to do this, but it is important that there is a designated area where these communications can occur.

I started by calling this a message center, but many who discuss home organization have begun to call it a "command center" and I think the name makes sense. It's the place like the central command, in a military operation, where everyone gathers to learn information and see what needs to be accomplished.

There is a lot of flexibility, as shown below, in how to make this command center. You choose what information you believe needs to be conveyed, how, and where.

After seeing these real life ideas I hope you'll feel inspired to make your own command center, and it's easy to do.

First, choose a spot to place the information. A central location that everyone normally looks is important. That's why many people either place these centers in an entryway or the kitchen, two spaces in your home most family members congregate.

Second, choose what types of information you want to share in these areas. The sky's the limit, but ideas include:
  • Family calendar

  • Sports schedules

  • Chore charts for kids, or cleaning schedules for the family

  • Menu plan for the week

  • Place to write notes or to do lists

  • Place to collect school papers, permission slips, etc.
Below are some real life examples from readers who've created these areas in their home to give you ideas for setting up your own.

Do you have such an area in your own home? I'd love to see it, as well as hearing your tips keeping up with these areas of your home since you've got to stay vigilant so they don't get cluttered up.

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Family Calendar + Chore Charts + Weekly Menu Area

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The photo above was provided by a reader, Laura, who said, "This little nook is right by our back door. We have a home office so no need for paperwork here. Just a family calendar, weekly menu, chore charts and back packs."

examples of family calendars
Thanks so much for sharing this picture Laura. The area looks lovely.

Many family and home message centers do have a calendar in them, which makes a lot of sense since this is one of the main ways a household communicates and gets on the same page about what is happening.

I like the idea of also posting the weekly menu as well. It helps the kids (and everyone) know what to expect. Here's a printable weekly meal planner template if you'd like to fill one of these out each week to post in this area of your home.

In addition, you can use a menu board to help you display what's for dinner each night in your home.

If you'd like more ideas for these menu boards check out my article!

Creative menu board ideas

Another Example Of An Entire Wall Of Information:

Family command center {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

This picture was provided by a reader, Umm, who said: "I have a full on management wall."

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Family Message Center For Calendar, Chores, & Paperwork

Kim shared this picture, above, of her family message center, where she's put up several things to help her family communicate and keep up with what's going on in the household.

First, you can see her family's calendar on the left.

Underneath that is her kids' chore chart. Brilliant to keep this with the rest of the stuff, I think.

Finally, she's got a place to collect mail and other paperwork on the right in the wall mounted inboxes (you can see similar products below).

Looks great!

Wall Inbox {Referral Links}

Here's another example of a family message center, which a reader, Hayley, sent in. She sent both a photo showing the whole thing, and also a couple of detail photos since there are several components.

Hayley calls this her family workstation, and she's got a chore chart, to do lists, a place to organize and save papers, and even cubbies to hold items for her kids for school.

Family message and workstation, used as a command center for chores, to do lists, paperwork and school stuff {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

You can see more details in the next set of photos below, to see the chore chart and some of the other checklists and to do lists a bit more close up.

Detailed look at family message and workstation, used as a command center for kids chores, to do lists, menu planning and more {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

If you'd like to add some type of chore chart to your command center, you can check out this article with ideas for kids chore charts here.

Real life examples of kids chore charts

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Home Management Center Using A Whiteboard

The photo above is from a reader, Erin, who said, "Here's our home management center complete with rules/consequences, chores for the day, appointments, mommas goals, etc :)"

School Information On Whiteboard & Wall

In addition, here's a photo from another reader, Tracy.

School information wall {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Tracy said, "This is how I keep my daughters school info organized and it keeps me up to date too. Thought I would share in case any one needs an idea."

A white board, or a chalkboard, are both great ideas to share quick messages with your family since you can easily erase and write new information quickly as needed.

You may still need something to share paperwork, but often times a note will do the trick, so this can work really well! Great job Tracy!

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Your Refrigerator: A Built In Message Center

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Above is a photo sent in by a reader, Rebecca. She said, "We use the refrigerator. On it you will see:
  • Honey do list;

  • Medication list for my sons antibiotics, Motrin, and Tylenol;

  • Grocery list; and

  • Game schedule.
Everything all in one."

If you don't want to actually write on the refrigerator itself, like Rebecca does, you can still use the refrigerator for your command center.

After all, it makes sense, in that it's a relatively blank space (at least if you've done the clear off the front of your refrigerator decluttering mission that's in a central location of your home that just about everyone in your home stands in front of every single day.

Here's another photo sent in by a reader, Seena. She said, "I really was in need of a command center for weekly menus, activities for the week, present month calendar and personal sections for three of us. I didn't want to spend too much on it so I gathered what I already had and picked up a few things from the Dollar Tree. I think this will work . ☺"

How to use your refrigerator as your family's command center for all types of things, including menu planning, chore charts, to do lists, the family calendar and more {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

In addition, here's another photo from a reader, Jade, who said, "This is my command center with my daily do its. This way there is no excuse for hubby to not see!"

Command center arranged on the refrigerator so everyone in the house has to see it daily {on Home Storage Solutions 101}

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Family Message Center Corkboard: Must Be Decluttered Consistently

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Bec from 2012 - The Year of Challenges shared her before and after pictures of her family message center corkboard.

She took the opportunity that this challenge presented and went ahead and decluttered the board.

A family bulletin board can be such a good way to keep track of schedules, calendars, messages, and other pieces of paper that your family needs to keep and reference.

Then, everyone in the house knows where to both put information and where to look for it, whether you're there to help them or not.

However, as you can see from Bec's before and after pictures if you're going to use this system you've got to keep on top of it.

If you keep adding papers without removing anything, ever, you'll soon get a cluttered space where you can't actually find the information you need.

Therefore, I would suggest doing a cursory glance at the board or message center every time you tack something new onto it, and pulling off anything that is old and no longer needed. After all, who cares about last month's calendar?

Also, when you deal with your paperwork weekly, or deal with updating your family calendar go ahead and look at this message center more carefully and remove old papers.

Doing it regularly will only take a few moments and make it much easier for you most of the time.

Here's another example below, sent in by a reader, Holly, who also uses cork bulletin boards for her family's command center.

Family command center used by a working mom of 5 to keep up with her kids school papers, sports schedules and other school stuff {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Holly says, "I have 5 kiddos & work full-time. I have this in our hallway which helps at least keep track of papers, school stuff, and sports schedules.

It is a bulletin board on top, magnetic whiteboard on bottom with magnet "pocket" put there. The hook below is for backpack, lunch box, and a few highly used coats/sweatshirts.

It's the only way I've found not to lose permission slips, spelling list, sports picture forms, etc."

It looks great Holly!

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Family Command Center In Dining Room To Talk About It During Dinner

Nancy shared the photo above of her command center. She stated, "This is in the corner of our dining room so that we talk during dinner or breakfast about all that is coming and going.

We keep photo scrap books there too for when we empty backpacks right away of old school work. Keep some, toss some, frame some in the davinci frames."

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I hope seeing these examples has given you some ideas for creating a family message board or command center of some type in your own home.

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Comments for Family Command Center In Dining Room To Talk About It During Dinner

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refrigerator message board
by: Anonymous

How was this done? This would be the only place in my house everyone would look, but I don't want to ruin my refrigerator.

message board
by: Anonymous

Write out your weekly menu and keep coupons right there with the menus.

by: Anonymous

My wife and I leave notes for each other on the bathroom mirror. Sometimes it's something to do, sometimes it's a thank you, sometimes is a word-a-day to tell her I love her using her first name as the starting point.

by: Anonymous

I like the corkboard because I am visual and can keep necessary papers visible. I dislike the corkboard because my family and I are clutterers and I can see it getting out of hand.

even retired we need to keep schedules for grandkids
by: Susan Williams

We are retired. Kids grown. But we help out with 2 grandsons. Both parents work. Their dad is manager of restaurant. He works all different shifts. He brings me a copy of his schedule. Daughter works 8-5. If Dad is off, we don't see boys. If he goes in in late afternoon, we keep boys and feed mother and them. I help with homework. Sometimes Dad has meeting and we pickup from school.

I keep Dad's schedule on side of fridge. Also keep schedule of soccer games. I also keep schedule in my appointment book so I can schedule our appointments around when we have boys.

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