Organization Via Customized Command Center
I am a self professed well intentioned organization seeker. Organization is my jam but I kind of suck at it. Sometimes just starting these organizational feats make me exhausted. On a serious note I love having things organized however the process of getting to that point can admittedly be quite intimidating.
I cannot actually pinpoint when I first learned of a command center but I believe they became quite popular within the last 2-3 years? Pinterest has a plethora of pictures and information on what makes the “Perfect Command Center”, “Command Center Must Have’s” and how “Command Center’s Organize Your Life.” There are several blog posts on how utilizing a Command Center can organize and simplify life.
As a mom to 4 children, 3 of which are in school I needed a solution for all the papers, projects, homework, permission slips and random art projects my children dreamed up. I don’t know about you but in our home we seem to always be floating in a sea of unfinished art projects. As a result I determined a Command Center was exactly what my family needed to take “Command” of our life. See what I did there?
What is a Command Center?
Command Center or Organizational Center by definition is, “any place that is used to provide centralized command for some purpose” (Wikipedia, 2018).
The term may originally have been derived from an actual war room within a military facility. Who knew? I suppose it makes sense. A Command Center provides an area where all important information is centralized and accessible. Command centers may also be found in a place of business or more recently homes.
The inspiration behind my Command Center naturally was my family. Heading in to the school year I knew that I wanted a place designated for the kids paper work, projects, art supplies, etc. I originally began my search on pinterest to find a command center that I could make my own. I gained inspiration from a few but nothing really stood out to me. Over the next month or so I collected random pieces from Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Kirklands, Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Target. Whew that was a lot of places. Lucky for me all of these stores are nearby. Amazon had a lot of great pieces as well, however, I found that I wanted to touch the item and see the quality before buying so I opted for local purchases.
Thought Process Behind Our Command Center
Originally I wanted a small Command Center. I had the perfect space in mind. It was roughly a 4 foot by 4 foot wall in the room adjacent to my kitchen. This space would have to be small, tidy and not overwhelming. Only the essentials would fit and I was really ok with this. Until I stepped back and realized I had an entire wall that we had shiplapped prior with nothing on it…
The shiplap wall was definitely our starting point and really our inspiration for the space. It was amazing to me how smoothly the Command Center fell in to place. I wanted the space not to be overwhelming. The idea of papers everywhere really overwhelmed me and I knew that was something I wanted to avoid. I like things to look tidy and therefore the space had to be easy to maintain. Probably most importantly the space had to be kid friendly and useable because well, we have 4 kids.
Our Command Center “Must Have’s”
Cup Holders for Chalk, Pens and Markers
Folders for Kids Homework and Projects
Designated Space for Incoming/Outgoing Bills
Space for all 4 children to do homework and create art
Mock Command Center
I actually had to draw a mock up of what I wanted my Command Center to end up looking like. I knew going in to this project that I wanted to incorporate darker coffee like stained pieces, arrows and galvanized metal. Within our home we have galvanized metal pieces so I knew that I wanted something to make the Command Center feel like the rest of the house. Does that make sense? This is the mock up that I created quick in photoshop from images found on Amazon, Wayfair I believe and Hobby Lobby?
The next time I went out to the stores I had a plan in place. The task of finding pieces to match my ideal look became easier because my options were a bit narrowed down. I can say that I wish that I went to Hobby Lobby first to get the big pieces. I spent a lot of time trying to find the “perfect” chalkboard or whiteboard to no avail locally. Hobby Lobby is about an hour away from us. I thought for sure I’d be able to find what I wanted locally. Wayfair was just too pricey. I ended up breaking up my purchases so that I could utilize the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon!
…Permission to SHOP
Ha, as if you actually needed my permission to shop ;). I have to be honest here and tell you that I tried to put together this Command Center ‘on the fly’ but it just ended up overwhelming me. I would go in to a store all excited to find pieces only to leave feeling like even starting this project was just not going to happen. When I had a plan in place I had actual pieces to look for. Planning was essential to the success of our Command Center project. Because I did not set a firm deadline for completion of this project I was able to purchase pieces from several different stores. As I began purchasing items that made me happy I noticed there was a theme present – galvanized metal, dark coffee stained wood pieces and arrows. *This really was key to a uniform, well thought out space.
*Please ignore the fact that this is an iPhone photo and not a camera photo ^^ – these are the pieces I accumulated over time. If I’m really honest I love my actual Command Center more than my mock up above.
The BEST Places for Command Center Pieces
I’m certain you will have luck finding different pieces for your Command Center at other stores as well so please use my list as a starting point. If you have any recommendations please share below! I was far too impatient to wait to order pieces from amazon… even with prime ha. I have friends that have beautiful Command Centers that they planned out meticulously based off of amazon alone. Honestly amazon has everything so it’s a great option. Personally for me however I loved picking the pieces up, checking the quality of the piece(s) and making sure the stain colors matched etc. I’m a bit of a control freak shopping locally was where it’s at for me.
Our Command Center
It’s really easy to personalize and make a Command Center that fits your unique needs, style and budget. My best advice is to come up with a plan, find pieces that you LOVE and enjoy the process. The random banners that I’ve used were purchased seasonally from Target.