Your last and final day of creating your family command center challenge! Thank you for checking out Day 3. Depending on your pace you may need more than one day to complete the items below. When you are done you will be so glad you finished the challenge! Below I have the last video along with written detailed instructions with tips. Also I have links below of the items I used in my family command center in case you need similar items.
Shopping for Organizers
You have an idea what needs to be stored or displayed, now it is time to choose the organizing tools for your family command center. Here are some ideas.
- Wall file
- Wall supplies pocket
- Shelf with hooks
- Decorative hooks
- Magazine racks
- Vertical or horizontal shelves
- Desktop file sorter
- Weekly calendar
- Dry erase board
- Magnetic dry erase board
- Chalk board
- Binders (I purchase cute printable cover inserts from Etsy)
- Fashion File folders
First check your own supplies before shopping in case you can repurpose any storage items. Next check thrift stores for any items on your list. Since I had budgeted funds for our family command center I went shopping at Office Depot, Office Max and Hobby Lobby. I surveyed the stores first to get overall ideas and then went back a second time to purchase. Hobby Lobby was great for functional decorative pieces while Office Max and Office Depot had the office organization items I needed.
Tip: Before you purchase any wall hangings or shelves for your wall, check to see how it will be mounted. You may need extra tools or prefer finding a different option.
Here are some of my favorite organizing items in our family command center:
Mark off the wall areas
If you are using wall or door space I suggest using painters tape to mark off the area of your shelves, wall files or pictures. Otherwise you may run out of room or have a visually unbalanced wall. I can not tell you how badly I wanted to skip this step and move right to using a hammer. Past experience has taught me to be patient and plan it out instead of jumping in without a plan.
Tip: You can relocate the painters tape on the wall to try out different wall designs. I did several times and so glad I did.
Hang it up and Set it up
Now all of your time and work will pay off! Begin setting up your desktop organizer, put up those shelves and find the perfect place for the rest of your items. Afterwards explain to your family how they should use the center and praise them when they do.
Tip: Use stainless steel nails if they will be visible to prevent rusting.
I would love to see what you create for your home. Feel free to share your pic on Twitter or Facebook with @christinaplans. Share this article with your family and friends who have a love for organizing or would love take the plunge.
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