Just sharin’ a few details about my colorful command center today. If you don’t find your answers here, then please keep the comment love coming and I’ll do my best to answer! You guys have been great (and patient!) while I’ve been navigating a new computer. Also, if my pictures look atrocious, please forgive my editing skills. I think my new screen needs to be calibrated. Either that or I’ve been working with the wrong colors on my old screen for a long time, haha!
The hottest topic of interest has been the hanging wall file folder (pictured above). It came from The Container Store and I can’t find it anywhere else for you. It’s called the Brocade Wall File in white (found HERE).
It’s made of white epoxy covered steel and is very sturdy. I purchased it a few years ago, but if memory serves me correctly it came with all the necessary pieces to hang on the wall. It also has two designated keyhole hangers to take the guesswork out of how it’s best supported (see arrows pointing above). My husband used a molly and screw on each side so it would withstand frequent use without ripping out of the wall.
Inside are just plain file folders I found in coordinating colors. I also tuck my recipe system here, that’s the turquoise polka-dot folder you see above. All of these pieces I found at Office Depot. If you only want a few colorful folders rather than a huge box, then check out the assortment at Office Depot first. They sell them in small packages at an affordable rate. I’m not paid to advertise for them, I’m just offering what I know to be a lesser price point for ya. :)
In this hanging file system is where I keep all the day-to-day papers that would normally clutter the countertops. THIS CHANGES REGULARLY! I don’t want you to think I toss a few papers in there and never address it again. Just like papers clutter up a workspace, it can happen while hanging on the wall too. However, this separates things out into manageable and view-able portions.
Right now, the majority of these folders act as holders for the randomness of school papers. It’s also the spot to keep my meal planning system (which is on the UBH horizon for you).
I keep a few free printables and organizing papers in the Brocade Wall File too. In a couple months, if they aren’t doing me any good, they will get tossed or rearranged and probably filled with something holiday related. It’s a revolving system all to manage what would normally collect on my kitchen counters.
On the front of the Brocade Wall File, I have a magnetic mail holder. It does nothing more than just that… hold mail. It’s the first line of defense for mail after the junk stuff has been pitched into the recycle bin or shred pile. It works best for us to have a “quick drop zone” until officially sorted for the week.
I love this handy guy, officially called a Quartet Magnetic Mail Pocket and found HERE. The entire backside is covered in one giant magnet, so it doesn’t slide off when full. If you have Amazon Prime, it comes with free shipping! Otherwise, I think you can also find it at Staples (it was there the last time I checked, not sure about other office supply stores). Look at the size of this magnet on the back…
On the front, it has a designated place to add a label and I couldn’t resist.
I added a slip of colored paper covered in a splice of washi tape and then used my handy-dandy label maker to type the word “mail”.
All four clipboards in my command center were painted by yours truly. I talked about that over HERE. It really wasn’t difficult, I’m just not a patient person sometimes.
I also get questions about my calendar. It came from Target and is the perfect size to fit inside the painted frame. The frame came from Michael’s Craft Store as a raw (unpainted) frame piece. I don’t remember the price but I know I used my 40% off coupon found in a mail flyer. I painted the frame with yellow craft paint (only 60-some cents) and gave it a white edge for added dimension.
It took a little investigating to find a frame and a calendar that matched up in size but these two make a perfect pair so it was worth the search. Below you can see that I use one straight-line goldish colored hook to hang the calendar and above that is a silver hook to hang the frame piece. I used separate hooks so I can easily lift the frame off if I need to do something with just the calendar.
I wasn’t in love with the calendar “design” or lack thereof, so I added a little washi tape to better coordinate with my color scheme.
In fact, you may have already noticed a great deal of my accessorizing here is with pieces of inexpensive washi tape. Washi is really quite versatile and exists at an unbeatable price! At a conference, I was given a free pack of the Scotch brand washi. As soon as I started experimenting, I fell in love. It’s now scattered in many ways throughout our house, including the command center. I love the little bits of personalty and color it provides but I especially love the super simple labeling capability!!! Yep, the labeling maniac in me is evident once again.
You already saw above how I used it as a non-permanent way to identify my file folders and dress up a blah looking calendar.
I also use it to highlight week-long and special events on the family calendar.
I even use it for homeschooling, but that’s another post to show you later.
One last goodie I recently added – a pen and pencil holder. Fetching a pen from another room was annoying. I needed something to write with… now… before it left my brain. I found a clear caddy (click HERE) that I could peel and stick to the wall.
I stuck it on the side of my picture frame. Take note: I wouldn’t do that again because it makes my frame lean slightly to the side. Likely due to the whole balance thing; wishing I thought through that one a little better. In hindsight, I would have just stuck it directly on the wall next to the calendar. But hey, ya live and learn, right? And it’s still useful to me… and beautiful.
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