Colorful Command Center Details

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!

brocade wall hanging file folder

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).

brocade wall hanging file folder  built-in hooks

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.

organizing with washi

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).

Labeling notebook folders with washi tape

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.

A magnetic mail pocket front and center of my command center

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…

Magnetic Mail Pocket is an excellent addition for any command center!

On the front, it has a designated place to add a label and I couldn’t resist.

washi tape label

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”.

I love a good label, especially with fun colored washi tape!

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. :)

Kitchen Command Center out of the way but central to family activities

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.

painted frame to spice up my calendar

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.

How to hang a frame around a 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.

Take your calendar up a notch with washi tape decor!!!

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.

Marking special days and weeks of a calendar with washi tape - best idea evah!

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. :)

Best pen & pencil cup holder for a command center!

Other similar posts you may also enjoy reading include:

Kitchen Command Center Reveal

Back to School Kitchen Command Center

Organizing Random Shopping Trips

Painting Clipboards

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August Co-Hosted Link Party!!!

Howdy-howdy and happy Labor Day!  Today I’m co-hosting a link party with Morgan over at Morganize With Me.  So get ready to showcase your favorite projects from this past month.  But before you link up (and please do so because your link will be shown on both blogs giving double the exposure!), I want to review a few of my own highlights from August.

AUGUST in REVIEW

August in Review

I started the month off with a few sniffles and tears when I shared my Goodbyes to Sweet Georgia & Friends as our family moved back to Florida – bitter sweet to say the least.

I revealed my new Colorful Command Center complete with How to {and how not to} Paint a Clipboard.  I also highlighted the Kiddie Section of my Command Center over at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Speaking of my OrgJunkie contributions, I recently shared 10 Tips for Easy School Mornings, which was a real eye-opener for me as we began our school season.

As for back-to-school, I participated in an awesome Operation: Organization Series with the gals of 11 Magnolia Lane where I shared my Back to School Art Cart.

Since school was the theme, I shared a giant printable sale for back-to-school organization alongside some seriously talented bloggers.  Of course, there were more posts from August, but I think perusing those highlights should keep ya busy.  :)

Without further ado, let me share the details on your chance to link up something good!  See the description below and click the blue link button at the bottom to join.

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Now it’s time for you to show us your August highlights! It’s your turn to shine! We’re looking for monthly link ups to include anything that fall within the two main categories – health and home. In what ways did you live with more intention last month? What did you create? How did you better organize? Where did you implement healthier changes?

Your link up can be organizational related, fitness focused, DIY, personal, recipes, fashion, parenting, faith, you name it! We look forward to seeing all that you’ve done and a few lucky links up will be featured as one of MWM’s top faves later this month.

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Helping Organize Your School Mornings

Last week I mentioned I would soon be highlighting another one of my Command Center lists the next time I’m writing for I’m an Organizing Junkie (BTW, that “next time” is today).  HOWEVER, I changed my mind for two reasons.  One, I had something better to share.  And, two, the list is not my original idea.  Instead, I submitted 100% authentic work for Laura today and I’ll still explain the list in a post here at UBH (with the proper links and credit sources).

That said, you can follow THIS LINK to read about my 10 Tips for Easy School Mornings.  I originally wrote it to new school moms but that got left out of the title for business purposes. ;)

10 Tips to the New School Mom for Easy School Mornings

If you’re looking for a few suggestions to making school mornings a breeze, then read through and leave me your thoughts!  If everything you read seems familiar, then you must already have some awesomely organized mornings and you’re a school parent pro!  Either way I wish you a very happy, very easy back-to-school transition.

 

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Organized Desk Inspiration for Back-to-School

Mornin’ y’all!  I’m working this weekend on stage 1 of my 3 planned stages for a functional & shared office space.  I’ll have many more details in a few weeks when all is finished.  Yes, this project is gonna take a few weeks for sure!  Until then, here are two more inspiring and organized desks/command centers to take a peak at this weekend.  They appeared at 11 Magnolia Lane along with all the other talented Operation: Organization Back to School Series contributors.  Click the links below to catch up!

Glam and Organized Desk Area by The Pink Clutch

Glam Black and White Command Center by Terry at 11 Magnolia Lane

Operation Organization BTS
I’m in love with Terry’s command center and revamped desk.  If you’re a black and white fan (like me!) then you must check it out!  I’ll share quick secret with you… I also had the chance to meet the representatives for Osborne Wood Products that she mentioned.  Let’s just say, you’ll be hearing more about them from me later. ;)

Happy weekend!