The school year is in full swing and the papers are flowing. Every year it is surprising just how many papers these little kiddos can bring home each week!
One area that I highly recommend to clients with school aged children is a “command center.” It is a cheesy name but cheesy or not it is a lifesaver when the school year rolls around.
A command center is pretty simple to create, in fact you can do it in three easy steps:
Step One: Find an area close to where the paper piles up in your home. For one of my clients the papers tended to pile up in the hallway and we found the perfect alcove near the garage door in the hallway. This client already had the perfect spot to store her papers, we just needed to work through what was already there and add some handy paper sorters!
Step Two: Figure out what papers needs to be stored on a daily basis. This client has two children so they needed two paper tray and I always add a tray for the parents (when papers need to be signed, upcoming events..etc) so altogether she needed at least three paper trays.
Step Three: Figure out what long term paper you want stored. For this client they wanted to sort through and keep some of the children’s papers. I recommended a bigger box to be kept in the cabinet where school papers can be stored throughout the year. before getting sorted into long term storage. There are a ton of Pinterest ideas on how to store children’s papers but they all take time which is hard to come by during the school year! If you have school papers stored in one area it won’t take long to sort through a years worth of papers at the end of the school year and then you won’t feel behind every time you get another school paper! This client choose to store her child’s papers in a memory tube which was such a fun idea!
Other items you can add are a calendar, a place to store everyday shoes, a change jar, a drop zone for your husband’s wallet and pocket contents, and so much more!
Here are a couple of pictures of my command center at home!
We have a drop zone for shoes and backpacks, four paper trays, an organizer for pencils and crayons, and a basket for my husbands wallet and pocket items which is on the top level.
Hope these tips can help in your command center journey!