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How to set up a family command centre

Life is always easier when you are organised. We all know it but we seldom put it into practice. This is because it seems like it is hard to get organised and stay that way. When you make a family command centre, it is much easier to get organised and stay organised. 

How to set up a family command centre

A family command centre is a great way to have one space that you have everything you need to stay on top of what is going on in the family. This space, no matter how busy life gets with kids’ school, kids’ sports, doctor appointments, work schedules, mail and everything else, is where you have everything you need to stay on top of things no matter what direction you need to go. 

Where Should Your Family Command Centre Be

You want to pick a high traffic area in your house. A hallway or a kitchen, or even the living room is a great place to have the command centre. This way, everyone sees it and it is easy to place the important things there. You be tempted to hide the command centre away, like in an office or some part of the house that isn’t seen much but the problem with that is, if you don’t see it much, you won’t feel as compelled to keep it clean and organised. Then before you know it, your command centre is a pile of stuff that you have no idea what is what. 

What You Need in Your Family Command Centre

When you make your family command centre, there are certain things you need to have in place to make it easier. At a minimum, you want to have a wall, a basket, and hooks. 

Calendar

Hang a calendar in your command centre. You want to have a calendar that you like because when something is pretty, people tend to use it more, but you want to have a calendar that is functional. 

Write down everything on your calendar from birthdays, to work events, to school events. You can add important dates like project dates for the kids, school trips, and other important kid dates. When everything important is in one place, it is easier to know what is going on at a glance. 

Add a Clock

Every command centre should have a clock. Most people think they do not need clocks because phones have the time, or other appliances have a clock, but having a clock in the command centre is important. While a digital clock will work, if you have kids, having an analogue clock will help kids learn how to tell time. 

Basket

Have baskets for everything. Baskets are great for keeping the area organised and neat. The baskets will also help you be able to find everything that you need. Each person in the house can have a basket, a basket for mail, and another for important things. Also, place supplies in a basket or a shelf. Things like scissors, tape, staplers, envelopes, and other important things that you might need. 

Create the perfect command centre to help keep your home running smoothly and to stay organised.

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74 Comments

  • Reply GooderDan

    Keep to a structure and keep things written down, we have a calendar on the fridge with the family plans

    25th May 2020 at 10:36 AM
  • Reply Iain maciver

    a good routine

    25th May 2020 at 2:00 PM
  • Reply Peter Watson

    I’m an avid list maker especially to remind you of things that need doing.

    25th May 2020 at 2:16 PM
  • Reply Annabel Greaves

    I like to stick to a daily routine, even during lockdown

    25th May 2020 at 2:24 PM
  • Reply mag mills

    Great giveaway and fantastic blog xx

    25th May 2020 at 2:40 PM
  • Reply angela Treadway

    mine is doing a check list and writing everything down x

    25th May 2020 at 3:56 PM
  • Reply Solange

    Make shopping lists, meal plan and create schedules.

    25th May 2020 at 4:00 PM
  • Reply fiona waterworth

    invest in fridge magnets, all our daily routines are on the fridge freezer

    25th May 2020 at 5:31 PM
    • Reply Rebecca roberts

      Make meal plans shop to that I make a million lists in a morning

      21st June 2020 at 9:00 AM
  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    A family planner and notice board in the kitchen.

    25th May 2020 at 6:20 PM
  • Reply Katie

    A written down routine on the family planner

    25th May 2020 at 8:10 PM
  • Reply Sheena Batey

    Lists, lists and more lists

    25th May 2020 at 8:43 PM
  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER

    Has to be with lists on the fridge and calendar reminders

    25th May 2020 at 8:47 PM
  • Reply Lyndsey cooksey

    We have a wipe board that we write messages on but you can guarantee the pen will get lost! I love this organiser.

    25th May 2020 at 9:55 PM
  • Reply Helen Arlow

    I write a to do list every day and set everyone little tasks x

    26th May 2020 at 7:46 AM
  • Reply Ms C Bryan

    A set routine and checklists

    26th May 2020 at 11:52 AM
  • Reply dave johnston

    Graet giveaway anda great blog . ! Keep it going

    26th May 2020 at 11:56 AM
  • Reply Caroline H

    We have a basket each in the hall and stray items that I pick up get put in the respective person’s box. It saves a lot of “I’ve lost” and “Have you seen”!

    26th May 2020 at 11:56 AM
  • Reply ashleigh allan

    Lots of lists!

    26th May 2020 at 12:50 PM
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    I rely entirely on my Outlook calendar!

    26th May 2020 at 2:09 PM
  • Reply Natalie Burgess

    A wall calendar xx

    26th May 2020 at 2:46 PM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Lists, so everyone knows what is happening / going on

    26th May 2020 at 2:50 PM
  • Reply j Matcham

    A family planner, a WhatsApp group to remind everyone what’s happening. Something like this would insure I kept letters and appointments together before I put them into a diary that’s the part of my system that is weak.

    26th May 2020 at 2:52 PM
  • Reply Eileen Hindley

    putting everything away after use

    26th May 2020 at 3:45 PM
  • Reply Helen S Wright

    a routine

    26th May 2020 at 4:46 PM
  • Reply Rosalyn

    This is a great idea. I do have a tendency to leave it all in the office and like you say it gets forgotten about, or I’m not as inclined to keep it tidy.

    26th May 2020 at 5:36 PM
  • Reply Helen Tovell

    A good old fashioned calendar and chalk board for us

    26th May 2020 at 8:42 PM
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

    Have a routine, and make sure everyone is comfortable with it and any changes are agreed, plus get them helping in household chores and organisation so they know where things go xx

    27th May 2020 at 9:37 AM
  • Reply Susan Smith

    Routine and lists

    27th May 2020 at 4:38 PM
  • Reply Ellie Spider

    a big family calendar with space for each of us each day

    27th May 2020 at 9:46 PM
  • Reply Fiona jk42

    I keep a shopping list and to-do lists on the fridge.

    27th May 2020 at 10:53 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Nisbet

    A calender, i have my person google calender on my work calender, so i can make sure nothing ever clashes

    27th May 2020 at 11:48 PM
  • Reply Kelly Wheelhouse

    I always try to stick to a routine and plan each day the night before so I know what we are doing each day

    28th May 2020 at 7:54 AM
  • Reply Carole Nott

    Lots of routine and list making – and sticking to it!

    28th May 2020 at 10:56 AM
  • Reply Karen Usher

    I am a firm believer in having the calendar up on the wall which has all our activities, work hours on it etc and I also have a notice board up which says what is for dinner etc. As you can see I love being organised lol

    28th May 2020 at 8:48 PM
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    We have a full page diary/journal on the countertop for all of us to use

    1st June 2020 at 6:01 AM
  • Reply Nadia Josephine

    We love to meal prep and make lists to keep organised

    1st June 2020 at 11:12 PM
  • Reply Susan Willshee

    We have a big chalkboard with our names across the top and the days of the week down the side so we can keep track of what we should be doing each day. Obviously at the moment everyday is blank….
    I also insist that our house keys and car keys are hung on hooks in the hall so that we always know where they are…they are always there at the moment because we don’t leave the house so we don’t need them!

    4th June 2020 at 10:08 PM
    • Reply Catherine Gregory

      Planning ahead! With a little one if I don’t plan it can end in everyone stressed

      21st June 2020 at 6:58 PM
  • Reply Mandy Mason

    I have a to do list every day and carefully mark off the items as I have done them. It keeps me motivated to carry on so I have completed the list.

    6th June 2020 at 3:44 PM
  • Reply A.E. ADKINS

    A good well-kept calendar, one appointment not on there & it can all go its up!

    6th June 2020 at 9:12 PM
  • Reply Charlotte isobelle

    I have a diary which we all use, mainly me remembering things though haha

    7th June 2020 at 5:48 PM
  • Reply Patricia Avery

    Lists, lists and more lists help keep me and mine organised as well as diary showing a week at a time near the door

    12th June 2020 at 6:13 PM
  • Reply Abby

    I find now my 4 year old dresses himself, I can put his clothes out the night before on the side and then in the morning he can get himself dressed, so then I can sort myself out. Anything I can do the day/night before I definitely make sure to do so it’s one less thing to worry about, I often thank myself the day after for doing these things!

    14th June 2020 at 10:29 AM
  • Reply Jodie Green

    I use a diary and have a note board

    15th June 2020 at 4:50 PM
  • Reply James Travis

    Make a list of things that need to be done each day and set reminders on your phone will help too

    16th June 2020 at 3:29 PM
  • Reply Jessica Barber

    We have a family calendar. It really helps to keep track of everybody’s activities!

    17th June 2020 at 6:48 PM
  • Reply Troy Easton

    I would have times which things happen a that time to keep everything moving in the household.

    18th June 2020 at 5:12 PM
    • Reply Rachael Sexey

      We a large family organiser calender

      21st June 2020 at 3:38 PM
  • Reply Emma England

    Write everything down in a diary and calendar. Try to stick to a to do list too.

    19th June 2020 at 8:56 PM
  • Reply Samantha M

    I make a weekly today list with things that HAVE to be done that week, and check it every morning to make sure we’ve got time to sort it all (school projects, holidays etc).

    20th June 2020 at 10:13 AM
  • Reply claire

    we have a plan up on the fridge of things to do in the week!! sticking to routine helps during the week!

    20th June 2020 at 10:54 AM
  • Reply AJ

    Keep a family calendar! But this would be so useful at improving organisation.

    20th June 2020 at 8:29 PM
  • Reply Gemma Middleton

    I write lists for everything and everyone in our house. Works a treat.

    20th June 2020 at 8:36 PM
  • Reply lynn neal

    Keep everything written down on the calendar and keep reminding them!

    20th June 2020 at 9:34 PM
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    A calendar with lots of room to write on

    20th June 2020 at 10:04 PM
  • Reply Adrian Bold

    Lots of routines and a day by day board of whats happening / needs doing.

    21st June 2020 at 3:31 AM
  • Reply Carly Belsey

    I have a planner and a daily food planner, although to be honest some weeks it isn’t used but when I do use it and plan meals it feels good and saves money.

    21st June 2020 at 5:19 AM
  • Reply Leslie Evans

    have a routine and stick to it

    21st June 2020 at 7:12 AM
  • Reply Geri Gregg

    I like to make lists and work my way through them

    21st June 2020 at 7:49 AM
  • Reply Susan B

    A central point of reference similar to this for everyone to refer to plus get the children to be responsible for their own daily actions as early as possible.

    21st June 2020 at 9:41 AM
  • Reply Helen Tyler

    A family calendar so everyone can see what’s going on and can plan ahead

    21st June 2020 at 9:54 AM
  • Reply Mandy Doherty

    Lists and delegating chores etc

    21st June 2020 at 11:01 AM
  • Reply Sandra Fortune

    Making lists and a board in the kitchen

    21st June 2020 at 11:12 AM
  • Reply Mel Pennie

    We have a calendar and chalk board in the kitchen which works really well for us!

    21st June 2020 at 11:36 AM
  • Reply Kim Neville

    Write to do list and tick off

    21st June 2020 at 12:06 PM
  • Reply Kyra

    An up to date family diary and keeping car keys, house keys and wallets in one place 💝 Thanks for the great giveaway 🤞

    21st June 2020 at 6:55 PM
  • Reply Heli L

    A like to write things down in a family calendar and keep things organised in their own specific space/ container.

    21st June 2020 at 7:54 PM
  • Reply laura stewart

    i like to write lists

    21st June 2020 at 9:06 PM
  • Reply Tracy B

    Lists and lots of them, plus a regular routine

    21st June 2020 at 9:44 PM
  • Reply Diana

    Family calendar 🙂

    21st June 2020 at 10:47 PM
  • Reply Tee Simpson

    I tend to find that a timetable helps us. Everyone knows what and when they are meant to be doing.

    21st June 2020 at 11:52 PM
  • Reply Georgie Wright

    Lists, planners and noticeboard!

    21st June 2020 at 11:53 PM
  • Reply natalie s

    Use an old fashioned planner or diary- can’t beat it!

    21st June 2020 at 11:53 PM
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