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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Hello, Simplifiers...One of the most frequent questions I am asked as an organizer is "What's your ______ like?"  I try to explain that everyone's needs, values and priorities are different so don't compare yourself, but inevitably I answer their question or show them pictures from my own home.  Today, I'm sharing what I have in my family command center and where you can get the stuff to make one of your own.  (Complete list of items used, prices and links at the bottom of the page.)

 I started with a list of my needs.  We have a super small house so space is at a premium (especially in the kitchen) so I wanted to make sure I incorporated only what was truly necessary for me and my family: 

--A calendar
--A place for keys
--A place for a running grocery list
--A place for stuff from the kids school.
Let's start with the calendar...

This is the Luns from IKEA.  I love this because it ticked 2 of my boxes (a place for a calendar and a place for keys) AND it was only $14.99!  Score!  Now, it doesn't come with the grid but with a little patience, math and oil-based chalkboard marker like this, you too can have a reusable calendar board. (You want oil based for ONLY the white grid so it doesn't erase each time you change the calendar, you want colored, water based chalk markers for the stuff you will change.)  I also love the LUNS because it gives me places to keep things like my sunglases (versus the bottom of my purse) or my neighbor's extra set of keys when they lock themselves out...

The next tier down is where I keep my "ongoing" lists.  You know, where I jot things like "things I need from the grocery" or "next time I go to Lowe's."  It is basically a rectangular pieces of scrap wood with 3 large silver clips like these and cheap little pads of paper like these 3" x 5" inch notepads.
For my final section, I created magnetic frames to hang important school papers.  My husband made a "no magnets on the fridge" rule when we got our new fridge because he read it may scratch easily. Oh, husband!  The frames are IKEA FISKBO in the 8 1/2" x 11" size.  Then I picked up a 24" x 30" sheet of galvanized metal at my local Lowes store. I (carefully!) used tin snips to cut it into 8 1/2" x 11" sheets and then loaded the sheets into the frame like I would a picture.  Viola!  Each kids has their own magnet space.

Supplies Used:
  1. IKEA LUNS Magnetic Chalkboard $14.99
  2. Large Silver Clips $5.50 , (I used 3 from a set of 6 for $10.99 )
  3. 3 1/2" x 5" Notepads $3 , ($12.11 for a set of 12 notepads)
  4. IKEA FISKBO 8 1/2" x 11" frames, 2 at $2.99 each
  5. 24" x 36" sheet of galvanized sheet metal, $9.34 (plus some to spare for future magnetic projects)
Total Investment: $38.81
I'd love to hear how you keep your family running smoothly!  Comment below with what you have in your "command center".  Or what you wish you had ;)

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