3.15.2011

Kitchen Command Center

Every home needs a command center.  Do you have a specific place for clutter, a junk drawer, a place for mail/papers? A place where everything gets 'dumped.' In most homes it usually ends up in the kitchen. Sometimes in a drawer, other times on the counters.  How about your home? Do you have an organized area for all of this "stuff?" If not... here are a few suggestions on how to create a command center.
This is my kitchen command center:
I am fortunate that I was able to design this space while building my home. However, I realize not all homes have built-in's like this.  I've lived in many homes that haven't.  SO... I'm going to give you some ideas on how to create a command center, even if you don't have a space like this.

I sell some pretty cool pieces in my shop that are great for home command centers.  Like the one above and there are more available, so be sure to pop over to the SHOP and check them out.

Make a list of all the things you'd like to have in one central area.  I suggest: a calendar, some sort of message board, key holder, important phone numbers, a place for mail/paperwork, maybe get some ideas from the photo's below.

You decide what would be needed in your home.  Here is how I've set mine up:

I've already showed you my Everyday Message Board. View it {here} if you missed it.
Now let's take a 'looksy' inside the cabinets:
The upper right cabinet is for ME, the lady of the house. 

It holds stuff I don't want my 2 year old to be able to reach,  like scissors, permanent markers, lotions that I use daily {for my very dry hands.}  On the inside of my cabinet door, I've hung a few of the the printables that I have in my ETSY Shop.  Mine are a little different color than what is available in my shop.  Below are the colors available:
The Important Contact List for my family
click here to be directed to the family contact list.
and I also have my Grocery List hanging here too.
click here to be directed to the grocery list
and there is a Red One that's just a tiny bit different.
using the command hooks that I talked about {here} and some binder clips they hang on the inside of the doors.
The upper left cabinet is for the MAN of the house...
Find the honey do list {here} in my Etsy Shop.  I've laminated the list & I use a dry erase marker to write the notes for my man. The command hooks are perfect to hang keys too.
these great bins...
 are from the dollar tree.
more stuff in the upper middle cabinet {candles, flashlights, chargers, batteries}
Now... let me show you the drawers below:
love that this divider slides over...
I get so much more storage.
I've already talked about this drawer. If you missed it, view the post {here.} Next to that drawer is my bill paying drawer:
 next to that is where I keep all my bills.
 I've already walked you through how I organize my bills - view that post {here.}  The bottom drawer holds all my important papers for the year.
A simple file box would work great too!
AND that is my Command Center.
:)

Soon I'll show you a couple of other command centers I have had the privilege in helping create. Make sure you come back soon to check them out.  One is just a simple side table, another is a desk area.   Another option could be an  armoire.

Now it's your turn to create a command center.  Decide where it should be, whether it be in a kitchen, a hallway, entry way, anywhere that works best for your family. Then go and get the supplies you need to put it together. Inform all the family members of where all items belong. LAST, but certainly not least... come back here on Thursday and link up your great family command centers.
Looking forward to seeing your posts :)


May you be a little inspired!
UNTIL NEXT TIME,   
DaNita 

26 comments:

  1. I had to laugh (well, first I screamed) when I saw your post title. I'm seriously in the middle of finishing my own blog post titled "Kitchen Command Center". Oh dear! :o) I'll be back for your Thursday linky party!

    Cheers,

    Jaime
    www.ohsochichi.blogpsot.com
    www.theclayfamilyblog.blogspot.com

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  2. It looks great , very organized :)

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  3. OH my goodness, that is impressive. Especially for a wanna be like me!

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  4. I love the Dollar Tree! I am using those shoeboxes myself. I love that we can organize on a dime :) Love your ideas.

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  5. I don't wanna be jealous...beautiful! And organized JUST the way I would. Beautiful!

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  6. Great Job! that makes me want to build a desk like that in my next house...

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  7. Thanks for the great idea! I need to do this,you would cry if you saw my cabinet.

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  8. Can you come over and organize for me?! I love your set up and system!

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  9. Oh, I love that you refer to yourself as the "lady" of the house...the only thing I would change is to make the baskets "pink" for the lady and "blue" for the man, but that's just me, lol. Love your command hooks inside.

    I think we must be sisters of sorts because my desk (command center) drawers are organized nearly the same way. I have a small drawer for checks, calculator, reading glasses, the drawer above it for mailing supplies and then drawers on the opposite side for writing utensils and another one for the stapler, etc. My desk drawers are all labeled inside with the center drawer that has my name on it. I label the top side of each drawer with a pretty label and line all of the drawers. In my laundry room, I store all of my tools and have my batteries, flashlight and power type cords in there.

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  10. DaNita, I can't wait to link up our command center! Yours looks amazing. I can't imagine being able to design something like this - we live in an old home built in the 40s so we have nothing like that built in to our home. Everything you're doing is just beautiful!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.blogspot.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  11. I think getting rid of clutter and getting organized are just good self care. There is nothing like opening a drawer and having it look like yours above. And being able to find stuff quickly! Fabulous!

    I hope you will take a moment to stop by my self care blog. I was referred to you by centslessdeals on facebook.

    Take Good Care!
    Self Care Girl

    http://myselfcareblog.blogspot.com

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  12. That will definitely go in my dream home. The one I don't have yet. The one that lives in my head. Someday . . .

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  13. LOVE your command center!! I often wish I had a spot like this in my kitchen, but I make do. gotta love plastic organizers.

    and: there is a magazine called "Storage?" I MUST find that...!

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  14. What a wonderful command center. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas even for those who don't have a built in area like this. Plastic storage totes are the best! Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

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  15. You are so well organized. Very pretty. Happy St Patrick's Day.

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  16. Oh my! I LOVE your blog! I always have every intention of being completely organized and I love to buy all the cool stuff that will help me accomplish it. (Most of said cool stuff is currently jammed into a closet still in the bags they came home in though... but one of these days!) :)

    I'm your newest follower and can't WAIT to check out all the links at your linky party!

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  17. Love it! Do you mind if I keep a picture for inspiration for my long-awaited kitchen reno? I'll label it as yours so I don't forget! Thanks!

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  18. So nice! Love the beautiful order!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  19. I am in love with your command center! New follower through bloglovin. Off to check out the rest of your blog. Found you via Oranganiztion Wed.

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  20. Wow~ How fantastic to have such a great space! Well done in your design! I would love to have a place for my junk drawer stuff and have everything so organized! Stopping by from Kara's party- would love if you would come share this at Feathered Nest Friday sometime! :)

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  21. What a great command center! Everything has its place. The bins are terrific, and I love the drawer organizers, too. Thanks for sharing, Becca (your newest follower)

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  22. As ALWAYS...another PERFECTLY organized space!

    Thank you for linking this up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you this week at my
    Par-Taaaay!

    xoxokara

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  23. u amaze me actually every post is better than the previous! it is INSANE how together you are!

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  24. Love that you have Renew Lotion! :)

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  25. Thanks for the tour around, you've done a great job! I've got this linked to my command centers post too today, for inspiration!

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  26. I love all of your great ideas for organizing, I also took alot of your ideas and put them into my home, but what I would also like to see is how you organize your filing cabinet?

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