You may have read bits and pieces I’ve shared about my newly designed kitchen command center. Today I’ll give an actual overview of how it’s layout is functional for us and then finish highlighting the individual details throughout the rest of the week.
BUT, it won’t be part of tomorrow’s post, because if you remember… I’ll be co-hosting with the gals at 11 Magnolia Lane and have an entirely different organized goodie to share there! Sorry to bop you around so much from topic to topic – typically blog parties are planned way in advance, so I couldn’t help the way my projects collided this time.
Starting at the top, I keep my three painted clipboards in a row. They each serve as lists, specific and very different lists. The left side holds my easy DIY multiple lists for multiple shopping trips (written about HERE). This has been around for a while and is VERY helpful to me. It’s a project I made many moons ago and is still going strong.
The center board posts the week’s meal schedule (as talked about HERE). And the right clipboard keeps scrap paper that I’ll be sharing soon at OrgJunkie (I promise you will love this thrifty organizing idea!).
The middle section keeps file folders of all things important when it comes to paper.
Again, I’ll be showing more details about file prioritization later this week.
To the right of my wall mounted file folder is a calendar I framed. I painted it in coordinating fashion at the same time I learned how not to paint a clipboard.
The bottom third of my command center is child-focused. I wrote about it in detail HERE, which was my most recent contribution at I’m an Organizing Junkie. This row is child-height and child-focused, specifically for our back-to-school preparation. I wanted a place for morning routine accountability and a resource list of age-appropriate household “jobs”.
Let’s be real here for just a moment… if I had more children running around (and those plans are in the works), then I would line up more clipboards with morning routine checklists – a.k.a. one for each kiddie. So, if you’re copying my command station, by all means, line up the charts to however you’ve been blessed with children (and then say a prayer of thanks for their little lives).
Our Kitchen Command Center is tucked away across from the pantry. It’s down a tiny back hall near the laundry room. That said, I thought it a perfect place to add a cheerful color scheme to a typically un-cheerful display of lists, duties, and responsibilities. I’m more of a neutral decorator, but this area could absorb the color in my opinion.
My last tid-bit to offer involves decorating around permanent objects (light switches, thermostat controls, etc.). I had an awkward empty space below the calendar because of the light switch placement. So, what better than to create a little fun bunting to keep in theme with a cheerful command center? It was a happy answer to a strange interruption in the command center. Now the area looks purposeful.
Last shot at a different angle so you can see part of the kitchen and the doorway to the left, where the laundry room is located. Oh, and you can also see that even the family dog visits this spot throughout the day for food and water. 😉
There’s my colorful Command Center in entirety. Don’t forget to visit again tomorrow for my co-hosting event and then later in the week for the rest of the details within this mini central station!