Command Center Round Up (+Free Calendar Printable)

I hope the near year is treating your family well. 2016 has already provided many new changes in the Wiggin house. Stuart’s work schedule has changed and Anna has started attending a little Montessori in our neighborhood.

All of these changes have motivated me to get more organized in 2016. I am looking to create a simple command center to help our family feel semi-organized. Thought I would share my research with you in seven quick takes.

Heres to an organized 2016.


Ceiling to floor


I love the magnetic board on top and bottom for photos.

Source: Southernliving


What a great spot for chalkboard and magnetic paint. All my organization dreams come true just looking at these clear sections and I can’t get enough of the section on the bottom for kids art.

Source: embrace my space


Streamline and practical.

Source: Jenna Burger


Small but mighty


Counter top organizer with calendar attached. Fits in any home.

Source: Lovely Crafty Home




Drying rack converted into organizer.

Source: bhg


Making it pretty


I love the patterned backdrop and fabric covered cork board. Classy!

Source: Ciburbanity



Pricey but practical. A container for everything you need. I love the many ways you can use these Pottery Barn organizers.

Source: Pottery Barn Source: bhg


If you have lots of space, ahem not us, this looks awesome.

Source: The Caldwell Project


Favorite products


Ikea organizers for the win. Love these file folders and hang-able cups

Source: See Vanessa Craft


The idea of trays to catch those loose ends seems very practical.

Source: Mom on Timeout


A magnetic strip has endless possibilities

Source: miss Frugal Fancy Pants


I love this Martha Stewart line of organizers

Source: Clean and Scentsible



Creative solutions


Corner command center. Creative incorporation of a shelf.

Source: Hi Sugar Plum


Utilizing frames for a more polished look

Source: Home Heart Harmony


How to keep it organized


Have a place for everything.

Source: Organizing Home Life


Eliminate all counter clutter with a DIY fabric file organizer

Source: DIY Kinda Girl


I figure this is how James Bond organizes his house. A sneaky but ridiculously cleaver system.

Source: I Heart Organization



Two birds with one stone


Combination mudroom-command center. I am a fan of the bench, knobs, and file organization system.

Source: Five in the Hive


Turn empty garage space into a simple mudroom command center

Source: A bowl full of lemons

After looking through these impressive command centers, I have figured out my goals for a simple command center

  • A place to put pens
  • pin or magnet board
  • very clear organization folders (receipts, coupons, mailing, school, invitations , magazines)
  • a place to put keys and wallets.
  • Incorporate some aesthetic graphics
  • Practical and prominent place for large calendar

This last bullet point reminds me of a special gift I have for you. In my search for the perfect family calendar, I came up short. We instead decided to make our own. Here I share them with you. They include feast days and lines so that you can make it work for your family.

If you like  them or have any suggestions let me know in the comments, and I will post the rest of the months for 2016.







Just right-click and save to your computer. I printed our calendar on 11×17 paper and have loosely used one row for each family member.

Happy planning.

Linking up today over at 7 quick takes. Head over to This Ain’t the Lyceum to see more.



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