How To Set Up a Simple Family Command Center

Keeping track of a large family can be tough sometimes. Between school activities, after-school sports and clubs, volunteer time and family time, it can be difficult to remember what happens when.

At this point in our lives, it isn’t as difficult for us as it has been before, and as I’m sure it will be again in the future at some point. For one thing, my kids are doing school at home. We also have taken a year off from organized sports. While we are actively involved at our church, and will get busier in December, we aren’t running crazy all over the place all the time. It also helps that I’m a big homebody; I like to stay home when possible.

I use Google Calendar’s app on my phone, but I know my kids like to know what’s going on at a glance, as do I. I have set up a simple family command center in our kitchen to help us out with scheduling everything in our lives. There are several things to consider when getting your own command center set up.

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Our calendar is 24″ by 17.5″.

Location is KEY. Your command center needs to be in a spot that everyone can easily see it. Behind a cupboard door, in the laundry room or bedroom may not be the best place, unless you are always in those rooms. For us, the best place was the kitchen, on the side of the refrigerator. It’s space that wasn’t regularly used, it right in the doorway to the kitchen, and free of other clutter (we save that for the front of the fridge!)

Get a BIG calendar. We have a monthly whiteboard sticker calendar that I wipe off and write on each month. It works well for me because the daily squares are very large, offering me lots of space to write many different things. I use these wet-erase markers  on it, and they wipe off beautifully. I do usually have to use a wet paper towel, then a dry one. I honestly like this a lot, because small children love to walk up and just wipe off dry-erase markers. I have moved this calendar several times when we’ve moved, and it comes off the wall or refrigerator great, with no leftover residue. It also stays sticky, going onto another surface just like it was the first time. This summer, I put up three months’ worth of smaller calendars. I did it so my bigs could see what we were doing for the summer, but I ended up loving being able to put information into future months, instead of waiting for the whiteboard month to get there. When we started September, I printed out the remaining four months of the year and put a small magnet on the back so they stay on the fridge.

Put menus, grocery lists or chore charts in your command center. At the moment, I have a very small, handwritten piece of notepaper menu clipped to the top of the fridge. At different times, I have more official looking menus, but this is working fine for use right now. I don’t do chore charts, I just tell different kids to do chores when they need to be done.

The biggest thing to remember about a command center is that it needs to be updated on a regular basis. No one is going to remember that doctor’s appointment if it doesn’t make it onto the calendar.

2 Comments

  • Kerry Jordan October 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve been meaning to set up a command center…a cupboard door sounds cool!

    Reply
    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys October 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks for your comment! A cupboard door (on the inside!) would certainly keep it out of sight, which is certainly nice sometimes!

      Reply

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