I’ve showed you my kitchen before (where you can see how this fits into the kitchen), but I’ve never given the details about my Command Center Magnet Board. It has changed over the years and improved in my opinion. How about a little glimpse? Okay, let’s do this! Did you hear the commanding tone? Yeah, totally intentional.
Technically speaking, the board is a magnet board and that is how I originally used it, but then the magnets would slide around and it always felt messy. That’s when I just decided to hot glue some clips onto it. I like the clips much better! That would have made this whole thing much easier to put together from the beginning because that metal was difficult to cut the size of this frame! I could have just wrapped the glass in fabric and hot glued the clips right onto that. Live and learn, I suppose.
At the top left of the command center I have our weekly menu. This is the menu list that is attached to my grocery shopping printable. I cut it off every week when I make my grocery list and clip it right here. Efficient.
At the top right is my ongoing shopping list. We’ve done this for years, so we are pretty trained at writing things down when we run out of something or think of something we need. I pull off the top sheet when I make my grocery list. It is a long-standing-finely-tuned-system. And I highly suggest it.
In the top of the middle is a spare clip that I tie a pencil onto for easy access. Underneath the menu and shopping list are a few clips for reminders or things I want to post (like baby announcements).
In the middle of the command center is our family calendar. I do not try to write our entire calendar here. That calendar, our master calendar, is automatically synced on my phone, my husband’s phone, my computer, the iPads, etc. That is too convenient to replace. I only write a few things on this calendar, but it still comes in handy to see all the dates clearly. Plus, I write the Sunday Dinner Job Rotation on each Sunday.
I use a paper clip with a ribbon to make it easy to get to the paper I keep behind the calendar. This is where I keep activity schedules we receive from their coaches, etc. This one is the Fall Lego League schedule.
At the bottom left of the command center is the school lunch menu for packing my lunches. The lunch menu changes when we get bored, but not a second before. My kids would be fine with the same sandwich every day, but I vary it up a couple of times a week. I also make a short list of snacks available that are approved for the kids to take to school. They have a snack time at school every day.
At the bottom right of the command center is my kids’ special classes/ after school activity schedule. I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve now added child #4 and put it in the kitchen instead of mud area. You can read more about why I have this printable HERE.
If you want to print out a school lunch menu: Download that HERE.
This command center helps things in my family run smoothly. I really think that is the most important thing about a command center. I keep the inbox for the mail and misc. papers is right above my desk, because that is where I take care of dealing with the mail. That system keeps all of paper piles tamed at our house. You’ve really got to do what works for you!
Do you have a command center? Where is it at in your house?
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