How to set up a family command centre

25th May 2020

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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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  • GooderDan 25th May 2020 at 10:36 AM

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

  • Iain maciver 25th May 2020 at 2:00 PM

    a good routine

  • Peter Watson 25th May 2020 at 2:16 PM

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

  • Annabel Greaves 25th May 2020 at 2:24 PM

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

  • mag mills 25th May 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Great giveaway and fantastic blog xx

  • angela Treadway 25th May 2020 at 3:56 PM

    mine is doing a check list and writing everything down x

  • Solange 25th May 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Make shopping lists, meal plan and create schedules.

  • fiona waterworth 25th May 2020 at 5:31 PM

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

    • Rebecca roberts 21st June 2020 at 9:00 AM

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

  • Tracy Nixon 25th May 2020 at 6:20 PM

    A family planner and notice board in the kitchen.

  • Katie 25th May 2020 at 8:10 PM

    A written down routine on the family planner

  • Sheena Batey 25th May 2020 at 8:43 PM

    Lists, lists and more lists

  • ADEINNE TONNER 25th May 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Has to be with lists on the fridge and calendar reminders

  • Lyndsey cooksey 25th May 2020 at 9:55 PM

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

  • Helen Arlow 26th May 2020 at 7:46 AM

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

  • Ms C Bryan 26th May 2020 at 11:52 AM

    A set routine and checklists

  • dave johnston 26th May 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Graet giveaway anda great blog . ! Keep it going

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

    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”!

  • ashleigh allan 26th May 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Lots of lists!

  • Laura Pritchard 26th May 2020 at 2:09 PM

    I rely entirely on my Outlook calendar!

  • Natalie Burgess 26th May 2020 at 2:46 PM

    A wall calendar xx

  • Rich Tyler 26th May 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Lists, so everyone knows what is happening / going on

  • j Matcham 26th May 2020 at 2:52 PM

    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.

  • Eileen Hindley 26th May 2020 at 3:45 PM

    putting everything away after use

  • Helen S Wright 26th May 2020 at 4:46 PM

    a routine

  • Rosalyn 26th May 2020 at 5:36 PM

    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.

  • Helen Tovell 26th May 2020 at 8:42 PM

    A good old fashioned calendar and chalk board for us

  • Ruth Harwood 27th May 2020 at 9:37 AM

    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

  • Susan Smith 27th May 2020 at 4:38 PM

    Routine and lists

  • Ellie Spider 27th May 2020 at 9:46 PM

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

  • Fiona jk42 27th May 2020 at 10:53 PM

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

  • Rebecca Nisbet 27th May 2020 at 11:48 PM

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

  • Kelly Wheelhouse 28th May 2020 at 7:54 AM

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

  • Carole Nott 28th May 2020 at 10:56 AM

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

  • Karen Usher 28th May 2020 at 8:48 PM

    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

  • Karen Barrett 1st June 2020 at 6:01 AM

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

  • Nadia Josephine 1st June 2020 at 11:12 PM

    We love to meal prep and make lists to keep organised

  • Susan Willshee 4th June 2020 at 10:08 PM

    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!

    • Catherine Gregory 21st June 2020 at 6:58 PM

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

  • Mandy Mason 6th June 2020 at 3:44 PM

    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.

  • A.E. ADKINS 6th June 2020 at 9:12 PM

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

  • Charlotte isobelle 7th June 2020 at 5:48 PM

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

  • Patricia Avery 12th June 2020 at 6:13 PM

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

  • Abby 14th June 2020 at 10:29 AM

    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!

  • Jodie Green 15th June 2020 at 4:50 PM

    I use a diary and have a note board

  • James Travis 16th June 2020 at 3:29 PM

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

  • Jessica Barber 17th June 2020 at 6:48 PM

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

  • Troy Easton 18th June 2020 at 5:12 PM

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

    • Rachael Sexey 21st June 2020 at 3:38 PM

      We a large family organiser calender

  • Emma England 19th June 2020 at 8:56 PM

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

  • Samantha M 20th June 2020 at 10:13 AM

    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).

  • claire 20th June 2020 at 10:54 AM

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

  • AJ 20th June 2020 at 8:29 PM

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

  • Gemma Middleton 20th June 2020 at 8:36 PM

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

  • lynn neal 20th June 2020 at 9:34 PM

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

  • Sheri Darby 20th June 2020 at 10:04 PM

    A calendar with lots of room to write on

  • Adrian Bold 21st June 2020 at 3:31 AM

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

  • Carly Belsey 21st June 2020 at 5:19 AM

    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.

  • Leslie Evans 21st June 2020 at 7:12 AM

    have a routine and stick to it

  • Geri Gregg 21st June 2020 at 7:49 AM

    I like to make lists and work my way through them

  • Susan B 21st June 2020 at 9:41 AM

    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.

  • Helen Tyler 21st June 2020 at 9:54 AM

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

  • Mandy Doherty 21st June 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Lists and delegating chores etc

  • Sandra Fortune 21st June 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Making lists and a board in the kitchen

  • Mel Pennie 21st June 2020 at 11:36 AM

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

  • Kim Neville 21st June 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Write to do list and tick off

  • Kyra 21st June 2020 at 6:55 PM

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

  • Heli L 21st June 2020 at 7:54 PM

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

  • laura stewart 21st June 2020 at 9:06 PM

    i like to write lists

  • Tracy B 21st June 2020 at 9:44 PM

    Lists and lots of them, plus a regular routine

  • Diana 21st June 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Family calendar 🙂

  • Tee Simpson 21st June 2020 at 11:52 PM

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

  • Georgie Wright 21st June 2020 at 11:53 PM

    Lists, planners and noticeboard!

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

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

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