This post is sponsored by Michaels Stores. I am a Michaels Makers project creator and was provided with store credit to purchase products for this post. All ideas and opinions are my own, and I only recommend products I would use again.
As we settle into our new house, the new layout, we’re starting to see what areas of our life need a bit of organization. Just like it’s nice to live in a home before deciding what to change cosmetically – when you live in a space and see how you use it, you can better determine what systems can help your family in the new space.
In this house, all the bedrooms and main bathroom are upstairs. Our family calendar is on the 1st floor, and we were constantly up and down the stairs in the mornings to figure out what was going on. I broke my foot at the end of summer (all healed now!) and things got CRAZY! I literally could not go up and down and up and down to figure out what was going on that day.
We could use a second, mini command center upstairs to help keep us on the same page and know what to get ready for.
When my friends at Michaels asked if I’d like to try out their custom decor line, I said yes, knowing whatever I picked would help us be more organized. They recently added custom sized and framed cork boards, dry erase boards, chalkboards, and mirrors to their framing department and the options were endless.
With the help of my favorite local store, I picked this beautiful rustic wood frame for a 28″ by 48″ sized corkboard. The size was perfect for a mini command center, yet not too big to feel cluttered. The beautiful frame makes the bulletin board.
Instead of regular push-pins, I wanted to do something different.
These great mini clips were in the paper crafts/embellishments aisle, I hot glued them to basic metal thumbtacks. I don’t think I can go back to regular pushpins after making these! They can hold a stack of papers and won’t damage homework, photos, artwork – things we may not want a hole poked through.
Organization wise, the mini command center is mostly for the kids’ schedule and to help them be responsible.
I created a printable for a simple weekday schedule, one which won’t change much from week to week. The first day it was hanging up – I hadn’t even told the kids yet – and my 7 year old went around telling the other kids which uniform they needed that day. SUCCESS, haha!
The custom framed piece comes with brackets and all you need for hanging. Eventually I’d like to hang this in the hallway after we paint over the purple walls. :) For now, it is in the boys’ room hanging from our nifty picture rail. Their room is at the top of the stairs and easily accessed by all the kids.
I’m so happy with how our custom bulletin board turned out, and how it’s added organization in the midst of chaos. The older kids have been using it daily to check their schedule without my help, and I can focus on helping the younger kids. I think our kids crave predictability and responsibility, so far this little space has done just that!