DIY Family Command Center

I feel like the larger our family gets, the more difficult it becomes to keep track of all of our stuff.  I needed to figure out a way organize the whole family in one place because I was tired of homework, coupons, and invitations getting lost.  While perusing Pinterest, I started seeing all of these Family Command Center ideas.  I decided that was exactly what we needed.  However, a lot of them were made using expensive organizing tools (that awesome, huge Pottery Barn wall organizer that I love for example).  I didn’t want to spend that kind of money on it but I still wanted it to be pretty and functional.  Instead, I chose to make my own using things I already had.  You can make your own DIY Family Command Center for next to nothing using items you already have in your home, too!

** My kids’ names have been blurred out for their protection.

 

Make your own DIY Family Command Center for next to nothing using items already in your home!

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Decide on the Components You Want

The components of your command center will vary based on your family’s needs and lifestyle.  Take a minute before getting started to brainstorm ideas for what you want to include in your command center.  This will help you later when searching for items to use.

  • Cork Board
  • Calendar
  • Homework Folder
  • Individual Kid’s Boards
  • Mail Organizer
  • Office Supplies Holder
  • Coupon Holder
  • Magazine Holder

Find the Items Needed

 

Make your own DIY Family Command Center for next to nothing using items already in your home!

  • Cork Board: I had a perfectly good corkboard already.  It was just plain and kind of ugly so I decided to cover it with fabric to brighten it up.  This is an easy way to update it without impeding its functionality.

 

Make your own DIY Family Command Center for next to nothing using items already in your home!

  • Calendar:  We didn’t have any ink for the printer so I handmade 12 calendar pages on plain white cardstock.  It took forever!  If you can, I recommend finding a calendar either online or just buying one from the dollar store.
  • Coupon Holder & Magazine Holder:  Both of these were made from cereal boxes which I just covered with fabric.  I then clipped on our calendars with the current month on one and the next month on the other using decorative binder clips.
  • Homework Folder:  We didn’t really have anything I liked for this, so I made my own using cardboard, fabric, and a glue gun. You could also do this with file folders or a mail holder.  Again, find what works for your family.

 

Make your own DIY Family Command Center for next to nothing using items already in your home!

  • Individual Kid’s Boards:  We had picked up some of those metal, wire squares that you put together to make a cube organizer (at Goodwill for $1.50 I might add).  The way that I put them together to organize kids’ craft supplies left me with two extra squares.  I decided I could use these to make my kid’s boards.  The rest was made with just craft paper, cork, and zip ties.
  • Mail Organizer: This was also made out of cardboard.  It is covered it with craft paper to decorate it.  If you already have a mail organizer that works for you but maybe isn’t quite your style, give it a quick makeover with Mod Podge or spray paint.

 

Make your own DIY Family Command Center for next to nothing using items already in your home!

  • Office Supplies Holder:  I was able to take the bottom of an already decorative greeting card box to create this.  All I did was punch 2 holes in it and added some zip ties to hang it from.  Super easy.

Total cost for this project?    $0!!  It doesn’t have to cost you a penny to start getting organized.  Family command centers are a great way to keep your family organized and on track. By using and updating items you already own, you can save a ton of money!  Hopefully this will inspire you to create your own family command center and help keep your family organized!

 

Make your own DIY Family Command Center for next to nothing using items already in your home!

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
  • I am shifting my apartment on Monday. And I think very first thing I should do is making these DIY and keep it organized. Thanks for sharing

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  • VERY crafty of you and I just LOVE DIY – Great job. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Now I’ve got some more ideas for our own command center!

    • Marie

      Thanks Sandra! So glad I could inspire you 🙂

  • A family command center has been on my “to-do” list for a while now. I love these ideas and cheap too !!

    • Marie

      Thanks! Ours is seriously a life save sometimes. I’m so glad I did it.