Creating a Command Center in Your Home

Is your family always on the go, with household errands and after-school activities? A command center may be the answer for you to stay organized amid the everyday chaos. Generally, command centers are a place to house calendars, relevant information and necessary items for the day. Each family’s command center will be different, and it might take some trial and error to figure out the best method, but these tips can help you get started.

First, figure out what needs to be in the command center. Some possibilities:

  • Family calendar
  • School calendar
  • School lunch menu
  • Shopping list
  • Chore lists
  • Coupons
  • Reminders/messages
  • Mail
  • Bills
  • Inbox for each family member

Next, you’ll need to pick a convenient location for the command center – preferably a place that everyone goes to each day and in plain sight. Also, consider the size of your command center – if you need a lot of room and your kitchen is small, it might not work in there.

The last step is the hardest – figuring out how you want to organize all of it! Magnets, dry erase boards, folders, chalkboards or pin boards? The options are endless! To help you decide, check out Pinterest – there are hundreds of great ideas and inspiration. Let us know what you come up with!

Have you created a command center for your family? How did you do it? Let us know in the comments!

How to: Decorate Small Spaces

A lack of space shouldn’t have to mean a lack of style. You can make any room or home seem larger with creative decorating and storage. Use these tips next time you’re faced with a small-space decorating dilemma:

  • Lighten up – Lighter colors make a room feel larger than it actually is. The best way to utilize this tip is painting your walls a light color. If white isn’t your style, or it is too stark for your taste, try a light gray or a lightened version of your favorite color.
  • Use Natural Light – Windows that let in natural light are a major asset to making a room feel bigger. Hang your curtain rod to extend beyond the window frames to let more light in. Consider sheers for curtains in rooms where privacy is less of a concern to continually maximize on light.
  • Frame your windows – Strategically hanging your curtains can make your windows seem bigger and ceilings seem higher. The key is to hang the curtains high and wide.
  • Organize – The smaller your space, the more important it is to keep your space organized and clean – clutter and mess will make a space seem smaller. This may mean having less things.
  • Mirrors – Using mirrors is great way to trick the eye into believing a room is larger than it is. The way to do this is to hang mirrors opposite from windows to reflect light into your space.
  • Draw the eye up – Drawing the eyes up makes ceilings seem higher, which makes rooms seem larger. You can do this a variety of ways like hanging pictures up high or painting vertical stripes on the walls. For more ideas, check out this article.
  • Multi-functional storage – Use furniture that also acts as discreet storage – storage ottomans are perfect for storing items such as blankets or DVDs in the living room.
  • Tailor your space – Your space should reflect your lifestyle. If you never eat at your table, get rid of it to clear space. Small spaces should be carefully edited to only include things that you need and use.

Do you have any small space decorating tips? Let us know in the comments!