Creative Command Centers

Keep your family organized with these creative command centers. Each one offers a place for unruly papers, quick notes, and spare office supplies.

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Small Wall, Lots of Functionality

A lot of family command centers are created on small walls that would otherwise serve minimal purpose. So take advantage of a small section of wall in a central area of your house, and put it to good use. This command center by Jenna Burger Design features a clock, two-month calendar (smart idea!), corkboard tiles to pin invitations or cards, wire bins to organize papers for each child, and two clipboards -- one is a shopping list and the other is a peek at the week ahead. Two Mason jars secured to the adjacent wall hold pencils and pens.

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Take Advantage of Random Space

In addition to small walls, make use of random corners. This command center by City Suburb Sanity was created on the side of a framed fridge and tiny slice of wall. Wooden wall pockets hold mail and receipts, a dry-erase calendar is used to jot down appointments, and a plastic caddy provides the perfect place for a notepad. Hose clamps hang Mason jars for writing utensil storage, and framed recipes from an old Better Homes and Gardens™ cookbook add flair. A basket between the fridge and stairs holds lunch and snack bags.

Make It Pretty

If you put your command center in an open, high-traffic area, be sure to make it look appealing and streamlined. This command center by How to Nest for Less features uplifting framed prints on top, a free printable monthly calendar in a white frame, and two desk organizers secured to the wall with anchors and screws. The calendar is great because the frame allows you to write on top of the glass with dry-erase markers. When you move into the next month, simply wipe off the glass and start over.

When in Doubt, Hide It

If you don't like the look of command centers, but still need one, or if you just don't have the wall space, put your command center on the inside of a cabinet door. That's what I did in my kitchen. Because let's face it, it's unused real estate. I used Command strips to hang cork tile and a dry-erase board and a Command key rail to keep spare car keys from disappearing. I'm not a fan of hanging things on our fridge, so I used washi tape to hang some sentimental and informational magnets. Although it's not a detailed command center, it works for my family for now.

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