The Family Command Center was born. At first, I was just trying to find a chore chart...but then I remembered that I needed to replace the wall calendar...and that Hubby is always losing my keys because he forgets that I commandeered the hat hook he had before we were married...and that Hubby and I had never remembered to put the diaper bag in the same place twice...and that we all constantly forget to take our vitamins...and that the Bear frequently misplaces library books (we've only been late once, but I don't want to become that homeschool mom).
I'm just going to be real with you. This got way more expensive than I planned. I told Hubby that I'd seen other bloggers do stuff like this for about $50. Those other bloggers obviously weren't at the end of their rope, needing to get organized yesterday, and had time to wait for everything to go on deep clearance. But even though Hubs is usually the frugal one, and I was in tears over the price tags, he said we needed to do it right the first time, since we are planning to use it at least until we have an empty nest. I love that I have finally gotten through to him that it is cheaper to buy quality the first time than to constantly replace.
Here is the Command Center in all it's glory. No, we can't open the pantry door/back door all the way anymore. What of it?
I got the hooks at my fave craft store Hobby Lobby. They were closed when I came up with the bag idea, so I got the canvas bags, fabric markers, and stencils at Michaels. "Apothecary" holds our daily vitamins, "Bon Appetit" has things like bibs, and "Al Fresco" contains reusable snack containers and other things we need for eating outside of our home.
We keep our chalk markers in this little tin bucket (yay for no chalk dust in the kitchen, plus wet erase means the kids can't accidentally rub out important info), along with an envelope sponge and a scat and snot wipe for erasers.
I can pretty much guarantee that Hubs won't put his hat here, knocking my keys into his snow boots or behind the shoe bench. Bonus, enough room for the far-off day when the kids need keys. Command Picture Clips hold important mail that we need to see again (like this postcard from Sherlock's vet...although I *still* haven't remembered to call). I'm thinking about sticking the wedding invitations we have lying around up there, too.
Hubs has always kept his lunch box in this area. It is now also the designated diaper bag spot (no more searching an entire floor--or 2--when running late) and I've added the basket I used to use for Bitty Bear's photoshoots as a place to keep library materials (and outgoing Mary Kay products that I need to remember to bring to my clients). Sherlock seems to approve of the new arrangement.
Keep it Kute!