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 last 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.
I wanted a second, mini command center upstairs to help keep us on the same page and know what to get ready for.
Instead of regular push-pins, I wanted to do something different.
These great mini clips were in the paper crafts/embellishments aisle at Michaels, I hot glued them to basic metal thumbtacks. 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!
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!