I don't know about you, but trying to keep papers organized at home has always been a challenge. Before our DIY command center, we'd been using our kitchen counter tops as a "paper collector", and it was highly ineffective. Papers would get lost, throw out by accident, or buried. (out of sight out of mind). I knew we needed a solution.
After browsing Pinterest, I decided to try a very simple version of a command center, that I knew I could keep up with.
Here's what I used:
1. Two large bulletin (cork) boards measuring 2x3 feet. They were not identical, as you can see, but that's OK because I covered them!
I wanted to utilize a narrow wall/corner in our kitchen for the command center. It's a wall I walk past everyday, and we can all see it easily. My thought process was, if I could somehow attach these two boards, I could create one long, narrow board that would fit perfectly on that narrow wall.
The boards, when placed vertically next to eachother, fit JUST RIGHT onto that wall.
2. Fabric: Next I needed to find some fabric large enough to wrap around both of these boards. I found a tablecloth with a neutral color and pattern. While I don't love it, I already had it on hand, and it works great for now; big enough to cover both boards nicely.
3. Staple gun: I used a staple gun to attach the edges of the fabric around the backside of the boards, all around the back edges. Worked great. If you don't have a staple gun you can use a glue gun, or a strong adhesive glue. (sorry I totally forgot to take pictures of this step)
"Wrapping" the boards was pretty easy ( and I didn't even attach the boards first!) I placed my fabric face down on the floor (sorry no picture!), and then put the boards face down, onto the fabric. Then I pulled the fabric tight around the edges and stapled away.
4. Upholstery pins: To give the board a more "finished" look, I used upholstery pins along the boarder. I liked the result:
5. Labels: I made labels using typing paper, black paper, and the computer. Why labels? This is where the organization comes in....and my sanity......
I made labels for each child, and things like school, and events. For now, I'm starting simple. I may add a category at some point, but so far this works. Now, instead of piling up papers on our kitchen counters, I can stick them under the category they belong to. They are easy to find, and I don't get confused with what papers belong to what kid! It's a win-win!
Command Center: Effective, CHEAP!
The boards were $1.99 a piece (Goodwill, of course!), and the fabric was $3.99 (also Goodwill). For a giant command center that fits my wall perfectly, I'll pay $7.97 any day! The upholstery pins came in a box of 30 and I bought them so long ago I do not remember what I paid! (Hobby Lobby).
Feel the love
Here is what I love about this system:
1. . It was cheap to make
2. It was easy to make
3. It is easy to see and use
4. I can change it if I get sick of the fabric! I also have the flexibility to re-position the boards the horizontal way, creating a fatter, wider command center. Nothing is permanent, in DIY world!!!
Do I run out of room on this board?
Nope. And here's why: The papers that do not absolutely have to be seen at all times go in labeled file folders, or, I pin a folder right to the board and put those papers inside. By doing this, I save space, and still keep important papers close by.
And that's it! So easy, and time-saving! Our kitchen table and counter tops stay clear (most of the time) and I we can see what we need to at all times!!!
Do you have a family command center that works great for you?? If not, give this one a try!
Have a fabulous weekend!!!
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