A command center is any place that is used to provide centralized command for some purpose. In this case, my command center is focused on Back to School organization. This is essential in our home with four children, one in college, two in high school and the youngest in elementary!
The white shelf was given to me from my mother. She had it in her home for the longest time. I liked it as it was white, sturdy and iron. I decided to purchase these white wood crates with chalkboard from JoAnn Fabrics. The regular price was $29.99 each; however, they are on 40% off for $17.99. A little higher than I wanted to pay; however they were a perfect fit and look I was hoping for. I love how these crates match the bit of distressed look. In addition, they will last a long time.
Since we have four children, I bought four crates. Each has their name on it and this is located in our Family Room. On the other side of our room we already have a backpack holder on our wall.
Here in the crates they can put their binders, folders, spirals, iPads, shoes (in a shoe bag), ID badges, lunch money etc. In addition, I can write notes to them on post its and stick in their crate! This way, every night, they can place their belongings in their own crate and in the morning rush, they can get it all to head to school.
On the top shelf I have placed our home binder, office supply box, pens, markers, scissors and folder for me to place “To Be Signed” papers for their parents. On the side of the shelf I hung a clipboard bought from Staples, that holds the School Academic Calendar.
This is also going to be useful at the end of the day when I am picking up the Family Room. If they leave their stuff behind and I don’t want to go upstairs to their rooms, I will put their belongings in their crate! This way I can say take your crate, put up your things in your room and return crate.
When they are out of school, they can place their essentials in here as storage such as iPads, keys, books, legos, etc. This is really the best idea for us since three of our kids are now teenagers and don’t have toys. My youngest daughter does keep her toys in a small toy chest.
Choose the best system that works for your family. Every family as different needs and priorities. There is no perfect way to create your own command center. Do what fits best for your family.
Hope you enjoy. I would love for you to share how you have your command center.
Happy School Organizing!