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.
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
- Homework Folder
- Individual Kid’s Boards
- Mail Organizer
- Office Supplies Holder
- Coupon Holder
- Magazine Holder
Find the Items Needed
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!