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Building a Command Center

April 30, 2016

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What is a Command Center?

Have you ever seen those beautifully decorated homes on those home improvement shows? They usually show a house that’s been renovated with a great office for the husband that he can escape to once he’s home from his other office… wait a minute! What about an office to manage the home from? That’s what a command center is.

But instead of an office that’s tucked away from the rest of the house, this is a centralized area for everyone in the home to see what’s going on. This area can include an activities calendar, any new mail that’s come in for the day, the bills that need to be scheduled and paid by a certain date, the kids chore schedule- anything that helps the family run the household more efficiently. And it doesn’t even need to be in a separate room.

I want one of those!

Me too! So that’s why I’m going to build one for the house. When I come home from work- I start working on managing the bills and setting payment schedules for the mortgage, and other things. Now that I am also managing my content on the blog, I will need to build a command center that Michael and I can both use to update content, create graphics, manage side projects, meal plan and whatever else we see fit for our household.

Where can I get one?

You decide how you want it to look! We don’t have a spare bedroom or guestroom or even space in our own bedroom to create this area.

In the corner of our living room we will carve out a space to set up a desk, create a space on the wall to post up reminders, and start setting up our calendars and other printables that help us stay organized.

Maybe we’ll finally have a place to hang the meal planning template we framed. (We use a dry erase marker to update our meal plan every week so we’re not wasting paper and ink- Oh! And we used a dollar store frame. Frugal and functional!) And because it’s in the living room, even the kids will be able to see what’s going on for the week- no more asking what’s for dinner.

Isn’t it expensive?

This is why it’s going to take some time to set up this area in our home. We don’t want to go into debt trying to create a system that’s supposed to help us stay out of debt! That’s counter-productive.

I will search around for a used desk. It’s Spring Cleaning in Santa Clara so we will start looking around to see if anything that has been put out on the street can be upcycled. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Sometimes all it takes is a little sand paper, some elbow grease and a small can of stain to make a ratty desk look new. We will also wait until Back to School season to start loading up on office supplies to keep the command center stocked with everything we need. In the meantime, we will work on creating the framework of what will make this area functional.

I’ll post more once everything is set up. I would love to see how you all have your own command centers set up at home! Leave a comment below

-Emily

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