A couple of months ago, I decided to set up a family command center for the first time ever.
I realized something had to be done when I upset the stack of random papers on the kitchen counter on my way out the door. I was running late for my appointment because I was so busy picking everything up, and while I was doing it, I noticed an overdue bill and a letter I never responded to.
And then it dawned on me halfway to my appointment that my son’s dental appointment was scheduled an hour later. I had to cancel my appointment to go pick him up and take him to his.
Clearly my system for bills, mail, and scheduling was not working. I didn’t even really have a system.
So I started looking up ideas online to get everything organized all in one place, and I ended up finding a ton of fabulous ideas for family command centers!
You probably know what a family command center is; they’ve become a very popular concept over the past few years. But in case you don’t, a family command center is simply a system for organizing your household. You pick one spot in the house and you use it to organize everything:
Incoming and outgoing mail
Notes between family members
If you don’t have a family command center, what you have is a mess. Just keeping one part of your household running smoothly, let alone your entire household, can be next to impossible. And household members are rarely on the same page with one another.
A family command center lets you enjoy the following benefits:
Put an end to scheduling conflicts.
Keep chores, shopping, bills, schoolwork, and mail organized.
Tidy up the appearance of your home.
Save time and money.
Bring your family closer together through notes, artwork, and more. This is a place to celebrate what makes your family special and unique!
Ready to get started? The following 50 family command center ideas should provide you with plenty of inspiration for your own!
25. Make a charging station for your entire family.
Have a bunch of electronic gadgets strewn around your command center? Get those smartphones, tablets, and mp3 players in order, and charge them while you’re at it! The source link teaches you everything you need to know to build a charging station for all your family’s devices.
26. Think about lighting.
There are a few things about this command center that I really like. The soft design elements, the neutral tones, and the adorable Parfitt family artwork at the top are all awesome. But what I want to point out is the light! A lot of command centers seem to have no lighting solution whatsoever. This one does, so it would serve you just as well in the middle of the night as it would during the daytime.
27. Here is how to create a customized message board.
At the source link, you can view a tutorial which teaches you how you can create your own unique customized message board. One brilliant idea that went into this project is the use of personalized fabric. Check it out.
28. Add some fun personal embellishments.
What instantly draws the eye with this command center is the big letter “M,” which presumably stands for its designer’s last name, Mclain. Visually it really makes the entire design stand out, and it is a great homage to the family.
29. This command center uses bright, beautiful colors to create a cheerful look.
This command center is just beautiful to look at, isn’t it? If you check the source link, you will find a lot of great advice regarding different functional and stylistic elements.
30. Put your family command center in a corner.
Here is a corner desk with a command center spread across two walls. The design element that really stands out here is the cute set of clipboards at the top with the chalkboard prints on them.
31. Keep it cute and simple.
What an adorable command center this is! Every element has a touch of rustic style to it. The “hello” sign and the little wooden arrow are so cute, and check out that tiny plant in the diamond-shaped holder.
32. Make everyday count.
This is a lovely command center, but what I really like about it is the sign that says “Make everyday count.” I especially like that it says everyday, not “every day.” Why? This sign emphasizes that it isn’t just each day that you should remember to value, but the simple wonder of everyday life. And that is what building a command center is all about—organizing and celebrating the more mundane aspects of running a home.
33. Here is another rustic command center.
Check it out—here is another rustic command center which incorporates a wooden arrow. Those seem to be quite popular right now. Notice that the hooks give it a purpose which is at once stylish and functional.
34. Here is an idea for organizing your food calendar.
If you use your family command center to help you plan your meals for the rest of the week, here is a brilliant way to do it! This saves you from having to write everything out each week. Just switch the cards out as you need to.
35. Use different fonts.
This menu system makes use of a clear piece of glass and a sharpie. It looks super cool of course, but what I want to draw your attention to is the way each day is written in a different font. This would take some time and effort, but it has two immediate benefits. The first is that it is cute to look at, and the second is that it is functionally easier to read in some ways. Each day stands out.
36. Wood makes for a classy, elegant look.
This command center stands out. The uniqueness of the setup seems to come from the material which was used—lots of wood. There is no weathered, timeworn look to this wood either; it isn’t a rustic command center. Instead, it looks classy, modern and sophisticated. This is such a clean, professional look it’d be great even in an office.
37. Follow this simple how-to guide to get started with your own command center.
At the source link, you’ll find a nice, quick tutorial on how to set up a command center of your own.
38. Create a magnetic menu board.
Need more space and detail for your menu planning? Want to be able to plan out a month of meals at a time? One great way to do it is by making a magnetic menu board and coming up with a simple system of codes to help you plan. Check out the link.
39. Don’t forget to make good use of chalkboard paint.
I’ll get back to showing off full command centers in just a bit, but I wanted to share one more menu planning idea. Don’t forget that sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones—like chalkboard paint!
40. Here is one more menu idea you can integrate into your command center.
This menu organizing system involves clothespins and meals on pieces of paper which you can change in and out. Aren’t the clothespins cute? Visit the link below for free printables.
41. Check out one more beautiful chalkboard organizer.
This chalkboard organizer is being used for menu planning for the week, but it occurs to me that it would also work well for organizing family chores or even just recording everyone’s schedules for the week.
42. Here is all the stuff you might want to include in your family command center.
By now you have had a chance to see just how much variation there is from one command center to the next in terms of what is included. If you are having a hard time figuring out what you need for yours, here is a checklist to help you plan.
43. Build a dry erase calendar.
A simple dry erase board in a pretty frame can work great as a calendar in your command center. If you follow the source link, you’ll see that the DIYer who created this one has the template for sale on Etsy.
44. A few pops of color in an otherwise monochromatic system can have a beautiful effect.
For the most part, this system blends right into the wall, but a few splotches of bright, cheery yellow give it an inviting, homey feel.
45. Everything can stand out against the right backdrop color.
Perhaps all the walls in this house are gray (it looks that way). In any case, the gray offsets everything in this command center beautifully. So if you are setting up a command center on a small section of wall, you might even want to consider painting the wall first.
46. Here is another beautifully inspiring command center design.
There are no unique ideas here I have not already showcased earlier in the list, but it’s such a lovely command center I had to show it off.
47. Choose inspirational quotes.
The blogger who created this command center talks about how much thought she put into the “Follow your arrow” sign. This is a great reminder that your command center is there not just to organize, but to inspire!
48. Use super high contrast to make your calendar or menu stand out.
The original post is gone, but the image has been saved by One Good Thing by Jillee. The menu instantly demands attention because of the high contrast colors. Very nice! Check the post to see Jillee’s command center and some others she has collected as well.
49. Insert corkboard into an old frame.
The lovely, simple clean look of this command center is commendable. An otherwise plain corkboard really looks beautiful when inserted into an old painted frame. This is an easy way to make your command center look more homey or rustic.
50. Build your own front entrance command center with free printable plans.
You can always depend on the talented ladies at Shanty 2 Chic to come up with a brilliant tutorial for any project—including a command center! Check out the video and download the free printable plans at the source link to build your own.
Conclusion: A Family Command Center Helps Your Household Stay Organized … And Inspired!
As you can see, the role of a family command center ultimately goes far beyond organization. Yes, it can help you to save time and money, but it also brings everyone together. It helps family members work together to create a beautiful household and life together. It uplifts everybody and reminds them to cherish each day and find the joy in even the most mundane tasks, chores and responsibilities.
I hope that these command center ideas have inspired you, and that you are ready to share that inspiration with your own family by creating a command center of your own!