Are you looking for a little inspiration to get your life organized? Well, I have a great place for you to start, it’s with an epic command center. This’ll help you feel prepared for whatever may come in the weeks ahead. In this post I’ll show you 35 gorgeous, functional command centers and give you 11 easy steps to create your own. I’ll also show you where to get the best finds to create one in your home!
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The first thing to think about when creating your command center is what kind of design you want. This will depend on how much space you have and what you want to include to get your life organized. Some of the things to consider including are calendars, a place for mail and papers, keys, whiteboard, chalkboard, bulletin board, clocks, hooks or whatever else will help organize your daily life. Check out some design ideas below to get inspired.
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Here they have everything you need to keep your family organized. There’s a space for papers, notes, mail, a calendar and you’re reminded when you enter this space that today is a good day. We all need that! If you love this style read on to see where to get the goods to steal the look.
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Since this control center is central in the living room it has to look good, and it does. Here they’ve included a chalkboard calendar, little shelves for odds and ends like keys, a cute scroll for your to-do list, a place for mail and then little tins for pens. I also love the quote, “Today is a good day for a good day.”
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The console table is a great place to store extra stuff. Here they have their calendar and places for mail, files, a white board and cork board combo, plus, office supplies. A mirror is a nice touch to check your teeth before you run out the door.
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The wallpaper and pretty décor are a nice touch to this boho command center. It should be a place that not only gets your family organized but also that you love and shows off your style.
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When you’re deciding where to put your family center, don’t overlook the hallways. A long hallway can be the perfect spot for hooks ready for backpacks. Here they have clipboards to hold important papers and a pretty chalkboard schedule.
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I love the simplicity of this organization zone. They created a modern cohesive look by sticking to the same color scheme and simple lines throughout. If you love the wire wall grid you can find a similar one here.
Below are some my favorite organization center finds.
STYLISH ORGANIZATION ACCESSORIES | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | HANGING NOTE SCROLL WITH CLIPS
TWO | TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO HAVE A GOOD DAY
THREE | CHICKEN WIRE ORGANIZER
FOUR | BURLAP NAILHEAD CORKBOARD
FIVE | 6 PACK BROWN CLIPBOARDS
SIX | SIX PACK BLACK CLIPBOARDS
SEVEN | METAL FILE HOLDERS
EIGHT | STYLISH BLACK & GOLD FILE FOLDERS
NINE | BOHO BASKET
One of the most important aspects of your command center is a place to organize your family schedules. If your family is like mine, it’s so hard to keep track of all of the school activities, sports, music practices, and birthday parties. Anything to help track your hectic life is priceless. This could be a calendar, white board, chalkboard, cork board or all of the above. Check out some inspiration below to finally get your family schedule organized.
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A white board calendar is a great solution for your family schedule. Make sure that it’s placed in a central location that you’ll see every day.
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This white board can double as your to-do list and your weekly schedule to keep what’s important top of mind. Similar hi sign can be found here.
Below are the best finds to get your family’s schedule organized.
SCHEDULE ORGANIZERS | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | MAGNETIC CHALKBOARD WITH DISTRESSED FRAME
TWO | CUSTOM DRY ERASE FOREVER CALENDAR
THREE | DRY ERASE CALENDAR WITH GOLD FRAME
FOUR | CHALKBOARD CALENDAR AND BULLETIN BOARD COMBO
FIVE | MARBLE PRINT DRY ERASE BOARD
SIX | PERSONALIZED CHALKBOARD CALENDAR WITH ASSIGNMENT CHECKLIST
With back to school comes all the papers, the art, the backpacks and the activities to keep track of. What you need is an organization station for all your school stuff. Check out below some gorgeous ideas to get you organized for the school year.
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Why not combine the homework or online school spot with the command center to help keep all the school stuff corralled?
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The art that your children bring home from school will make a beautiful addition to your family center.
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Each kid has their own bin to organize all the school papers. The save and return to school bins will help you to not lose those important papers. This homeowner created the labels with her Cricut. You can also buy custom labels on Etsy for pretty cheap. I am so stealing this idea!
Below are my favorite finds for getting all the school stuff organized.
BACK TO SCHOOL ORGANIZATION | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | OVER THE DOOR FILE ORGANIZER
TWO | JUMBO PAPERCLIP WALL HANGING
THREE | CHILDREN’S ART DISPLAY
FOUR | METAL WALL RACK WITH HANGING POTS
FIVE | 10 DRAWER RAINBOW CART
SIX | CUSTOM COLOR PEN POT
The front entry of your home is a great spot to get your family organized. Before everyone is running out the door, they’ll have a chance to glance to see what is happening for the week.
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I absolutely love everything about this space. What I love most is the wall, which is actually painted to look like wallpaper. Do you love it too?
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Here’s another gorgeous entryway control center. I love the idea of adding personal touches like your favorite quote, or your initials.
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Here’s a simple but beautiful organizational zone. They have the essentials, calendar, chalkboard and in and out bins.
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All the paper can take over your house if you let it. My tip would be to sort it right away instead of letting it pile up and then sorting it later. Creating a place for everything will help with this process.
Below check out my favorite finds to turn your entryway into a stylish command center for your family.
ENTRYWAY ORGANIZTION | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | HELLO WOOD SIGN WITH HOOKS
TWO | ROUND BOHO MIRROR
THREE | BOHO PILLOW COVER
FOUR | MODERN METAL & WOOD SHELF
FIVE | WOODEN ENTRY BENCH
SIX | MAIL HOLDER
SEVEN | ENTRY WALL MOUNT ORGANIZER
The kitchen is an awesome spot for a family control center because it’s often the central hub of the home. Everyone is there in the morning getting breakfast and packing lunches. This makes it a great spot to check what you have going on for the day and the week and to keep your family organized. You will see below that you don’t need a lot of space for this.
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This little wall in the kitchen has everything you need to stay organized. My favorite part is the arrow holding the tins with the supplies.
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A message board is a fun addition to a family center especially for those of you with a sense of humor. Could be the perfect spot for the daily dad joke.
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If you’re lucky enough to have a spot like this in your kitchen it’s perfect for a command station.
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The black accessories give this command center a coordinated finished look that I’m loving.
Planning on carving out a spot in your kitchen to get your family organized? I picked out the perfect accessories to pull it off.
ONE | WALL MOUNTED METAL MAIL HOLDER
TWO | WOODEN ARROWS
THREE | THIS IS US SIGN
FOUR | SMALL HANGING STORAGE BASKETS
FIVE | WALL MOUNTED WIRE STORAGE BASKET
SIX | FELT LETTER BOARD
SEVEN | RUSTIC WOODEN MAIL HOLDER
EIGHT | WALL MOUNTED NOTE ROLLER
If you don’t like the idea of your to-do list, papers and mail out in the open for all to see then a hidden command center might be right up your alley. Check out some ideas below that will keep you organized but hide the clutter too.
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On the pantry door this family has all their lists to keep them organized including several dry erase to-do lists and the menu. This would be a great spot for your family calendar too. Best part, shut the door and no one sees it.
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Don’t you love when a piece of furniture does double duty? You could use a piece like this to keep your family’s papers organized and out of site.
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Here is a hidden command center that I found on Amazon. I like it because when you shut the doors it looks like a little farmhouse barn door and then you can open it up and you have a magnetic chalkboard, cork board and hooks.
If you like the idea of a hidden organization center, I’ve gathered some ideas to get you started. Numbers 1, 2 and 5 would work great on a closet door or a pantry door. Check them out below.
HIDDEN STORAGE IDEAS | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | WEEKLY MENU & TO-DO LIST WHITEBOARD
TWO | ACADEMIC YEAR HANGING CALENDAR
THREE | GREY STORAGE BENCH
FOUR | WHITE METAL STORAGE CABINET
FIVE | CHALKBOARD WEEKLY MENU OR TO-DO LIST
SIX | SEAGRASS FILE STORAGE CUBE
If you have a home office this is a perfect spot for your command center. This may already be the spot where you keep your household important papers. You may just need to make sure that you have all the essentials your family needs to get organized.
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I love how they used clipboards to display important papers. This is beauty meets function.
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Hanging file folders are a great addition to a family center. You can designate sections for each family member.
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Here’s a great example of less is more. Sometimes all you need is to add a desk calendar, your planner, a file folder, and a spot to hang important notes. This homeowner added fabric to an old corkboard for a custom look. Plus, how cute is that cell phone holder?
Below are my favorite finds to create a stylish home office organization center.
ONE | METAL WALL 3 TIER FILE HOLDER
TWO | ROSE GOLD HANGING FILE HOLDER
THREE | AQUA CORK BORD | TONS OF SIZES & COLORS
FOUR | ROSE GOLD 5 IN 1 DESK ORGANIZER
FIVE | DRAWER ORGANIZERS
SIX | ROSE GOLD DESK ORGANIZER
SEVEN | PINK PHONE STAND
EIGHT | DESK MAT WITH CALENDAR, POCKETS, PHONE STAND & MORE
NINE| DECORATIVE HANGING FILE FOLDERS
If you’ve been checking out all of these amazing organization ideas while thinking I don’t have space for that then read on. I want to show you that you don’t need a ton of space. In fact, a small space on the wall will to do the trick. Below check out what you can do with a small space.
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Sometimes you have to get really creative with finding a space to get your family organized. Don’t overlook the laundry room!
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You just need a small section of wall to copy this stylish command center.
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Read on to discover where you can score accessories to create a stylish family center like this.
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Just a little space is all you need to help organize all the paperwork.
My favorite small space organizing accessories are below.
ONE | ACRYLIC WEEKLY CALENDAR
TWO | RUSTIC GREY BOX SHELF
THREE | WHITE CHICKEN WIRE MAIL HOLDER
FOUR | RUSTIC FARMHOUSE CLOCK
FIVE | CUSTOM PARTY OF # SIGN
SIX | SIMPLY BLESSED SIGN | MORE OPTIONS
SEVEN | 12 X 12 LETTERBOARD
If you still don’t think that you have a small wall to dedicate to your organization how about a closet? Yes, I’m going to show you some command centers that fit in a closet. The best part, if it gets a little messy and company is coming just shut the door.
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She is getting it done in her closet!
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Love this idea, it’s simple and gets the job done. A tray to hold the mail and essential papers, a calendar and a note pad. Placing it in the closet allows you to get the clutter off the kitchen counter.
You want your family center to match the style of your house. So, if you love the farmhouse style, like me, then why not add those farmhouse touches that you love in this space too? You can do this with rustic finishes, a mix of metal and distressed wood and of course a farmhouse wreath. Check out some stunning farmhouse family centers below to steal the look for your home.
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Vintage lockers are a fun addition to this entry. I’m in love with this dark rustic one from Amazon. The mini wreaths add that farmhouse detail to match the space.
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This homeowner carved out a tiny wall by the bathroom to get her family organized. This’s a great example of creating a wall collage with both décor and functional items. Be sure to map out where it’ll go before you start nailing or better yet use command strips!
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This fabulous calendar is the focal point of this command center. This is a simple calendar from Amazon with a frame built with reclaimed barnwood. Etsy has some gorgeous ones too, here is my favorite that you can customize with your last name and your family members names.
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If you love the farmhouse style, like me, then you’re in luck there’s tons of farmhouse décor and organization finds out there. I had a hard time picking my favs, but I did, and they are below.
ONE | CUSTOM HOME SIGN
TWO | BARN DOOR CHALKBOARD AND MAGNETIC ORGANIZER
THREE | VINTAGE LOCKER
FOUR | HI WOODEN SIGN
FIVE | CHALKBOARD WEEKLY CALENDAR
SIX | RUSTIC MAIL AND DOG LEASH HOLDER
SEVEN | WOODEN IN AND OUT PAPER HOLDER
EIGHT | WOODEN CRATES WITH CHALKBOARD LABEL
NINE | FARMHOUSE WREATH
TEN | WALL SCONCE MASON JARS WITH FLOWERS
ELEVEN | MASON JAR ORGANIZER
Do you have a need for a space to hold all those shoes, boots, jackets and sweatshirts but also to get you organized for your day? If so, then a mudroom command center might be a great option for you. Get inspired by some gorgeous homes with this exact combo and see if it’s the right fit for your family.
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A great way to create a combo mud room and command center is to carve out a spot for each of your kids. If you can’t do a built-in like this, there are tons of similar options that you can buy on Amazon. Read on to see my favorites.
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Here simple shelving, hooks and labeled baskets and plastic containers get the job done!
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The final inspiration I will leave with you is the unity of beauty and function. The perfect drop zone and organizational space for your family that’s also jaw-dropping gorgeous!
Want to create a mudroom and command center combo? Then check out the best finds below to do that.
MUDROOM IDEAS | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | ALWAYS COME HOME SIGN
TWO | RUSTIC HALL TREE
THREE | WHITE ENTRY SHELF WITH HOOKS
FOUR | WHITE HALL TREE WITH DRAWER
FIVE | GREY HALL TREE WITH SHOE STORAGE
SIX | HUGE 3 SECTION HALL TREE
So, now you’ve seen over 35 gorgeous family command centers with 11 tips to get you started. I hope that you’ve gained some inspiration to create the perfect spot in your home to get your family organized and to bring order to your everyday life. What ideas are you loving most? Feel free to save your favorites to your Pinterest boards. Click on the picture and then click on the red P to save it!
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