Last week I shared five amazing command centers that I hope inspired you to start thinking about designing one for your family. I know that the planning process can be the hardest part of any home project, which is why I’m here today to help! I’m going to show you how to design the perfect command center for your family in just 5 steps! I’ve even included a FREE planning guide to make the design process as easy as possible. Let’s get started!
Before you can even begin to think about what to include in your command center, you need to know how much space you’re going to have to work with. Choosing the “right” spot for your command center is going to be key in making sure that this is an efficient system for keeping your family organized. Think of your command center as the central hub for your family– therefore, it should be in a high-traffic location. Many families choose to put their command centers in their most-used entry, mudroom, or kitchen. Take a walk around those “high-traffic” areas in your home and find the wall space that you think will work best for your family as they come and go.
For this next step you will be creating a list of your family’s main pain points when it comes to being organized. Then, you’re going to decide what system will help your family solve that problem. The FREE planning guide include a checklist to help you out with this process.
Now that you have a list of all the systems you’re going to use in your command center, it’s time to design the space! Since you don’t yet have the physical items, this is going to be rough sketch [use a pencil!] so that you know what you need to purchase. You can refer to my Pinterest board for design inspiration.
Once you have designed your command center, it’s time to shop! When shopping for pieces, keep in mind the design layout, the size of your wall space, your budget, and your style! I can’t stress enough how important it is to blend function & style – you want the command center to flow with the rest of your home decor. Some of my favorite places to shop for command center pieces are Target, HomeGoods, Amazon, and The Container Store. It may take you a few shopping trips to find all of the “right” pieces, so don’t rush the process. Be sure to keep all of your receipts until you have completed your command center – that way if something doesn’t fit right or just isn’t working as you envisioned, you can return it. Once you’ve rounded up all of your pieces, review your design sketch and revise if needed. Then, once you’ve installed everything, stand back to admire your hard work!
This last step is super important because it will ensure that your command center is working the way you intended. Take some time with your family to show them exactly how their new command center works and explain their individual responsibilities. Once your family has been using the system for a few weeks, you will learn what is working and what is not. You may need to tweak things as you go along [and as the needs of your family change]. Maintaining the systems you’ve worked so hard on implementing is an important step to ensuring that your command center is working for your family.
I hope I’ve inspired you to start planning your own family command center. Don’t forget to download your FREE planning guide and if you need additional inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest board.
Do you LOVE the idea of having a command center for your family, but don’t have the time to create one? Let me do all of the work for you!