Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Kids Command Center


I love all the command centers I see on Pinterest but I just didn't know if I needed one and didn't know where to put it. Well then every day my son was coming home from school asking what we had planned for the day. And my daughter needed help understanding the concept of days and weeks. She needed to be able to count the days before an activity or just the weekend. So I decided they at least needed a calendar. But of course I can't just add a calendar, that would be too easy!

kids command center - the colored door

So I found my wall. The only problem, it has a pocket door and I could not put any nails in the wall for fear of scratching the door. So here is before. The wall is right by our back door and mudroom.

kids command center - the colored door

Enter the Command products. 

I used the picture hanging strips for some clip boards and cell phone holder to hold the pens. I got my clipboards from the dollar store.

kids command center - the colored door

The cell phone holder actually has a hole in the bottom so I added paper to the cup to cover the hole.

kids command center - the colored door


I came up with a plan for my wall and measured it out. I used a level to connect the dots and draw a straight line. I then taped it off and used chalkboard paint. I have a very textured wall so chalk doesn't work well but chalk markers have worked really well to label areas on the wall. 
Kids command center - the colored door

This new wall is far more functional than I could have even imagined! I love the pretty at the top, since they can't reach anything high it was fun to fill with pretty ( I hung the flags with push pins). And the kids love having the calendar to refer to when they want to know our plans. It is just their calendar so it doesn't have any of my stuff on it. I got the dry erase calendar from Staples, it is a Martha Stewart self adhesive calendar. 

kids command center with no holes in the wall - the colored door

I found these quotes at The Handmade Home.  I printed them out on card stock and hung them with washi tape. They are perfect and they have lots of choices to pick from so I could easily change them out later.


Kids command center with no holes in the wall - the colored door

kids command center with no holes in the wall - the colored door

Each child has their own color for activities and they have been crossing off the days as they are done. They each have their own clipboard for spelling lists and reading programs and behavior charts. The two older kids have two or three reading programs they are involved in for school and it has been so helpful to have everything in one place since it all has to be recorded on a daily basis. This has been a life saver for me. No more taping lists to the inside of EVERY cabinet door or misplacing them on the counter that seems to swallow papers. It is so easy to grab a spelling list to work with kids or for my daughter to put her own stickers on her reading chart. Who knew that little task would make her so proud.

kids command center - the colored door


kids command center  - the colored door

Do you have a family command center? What do you have in yours? Has it made your life easier too?


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10 comments:

  1. Super cute Tammy!

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  2. So cute AND useful - love that! and the cell phone holder for markers is genius!!

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  3. This transformation turned out so awesome I love it!
    Meghan @somethingsplendidblog.com

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  4. Oh my goodness. This is one of the cutest command centers I've seen in a while. I like how you added the paper bunting and a chalkboard background. So fun and colorful, too! I'd love for you to share at our link party going on right now.

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  5. This is such a cute command center!! I love the chalkboard background combined with the clipboards! It really is adorable!!

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  6. What a fun command center! I love the banner at the top!

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  7. Best command center idea ever! I love that you placed it behind your back door.

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  8. This is excellent! I am going to need one of these as my kids get older. I love how it is at their level so that they have a role in all of it too. Thanks for sharing at The Makers!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

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  9. Jennifer Susil GriffinMarch 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    What a great idea! Stickers are definitely an under-rated motivator! :) Your command center turned out so well, glad it's working for your family. Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!

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