3 Essential Elements For An Effective Family Command Center

Photo Credit:  Dollar Tree

Photo Credit: Dollar Tree

Does chaos and clutter run unchecked in your home? Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed, stretched to thin and a bit frazzled at all of the things that seem to be coming at you all at once?

Well, for far too long we have accepted that as simply par for the course when it comes to motherhood. But there is a better way. It’s possible to have a home of calm instead of chaos, and clear of clutter—physically, mentally, emotionally and anywhere else it creeps into our lives taking up space.

So what does this have to do with creating a family command center? I’m glad you asked! A family command center is an effective way to stay organized and keep track of the flow and function of your family. It can help you better communicate, track and delegate and plan so that family life runs a little smoother.

Setting up a family command center is simple. You can do it in a matter of minutes, provided you have all of the materials and once it’s up and running, you’ll wonder why you ever tried to do family life without one.

I can remember early in my days of motherhood, I was raising a toddler and an infant with a husband whose demanding career made managing family life difficult for me. I struggled to keep track of his schedule, to remember important dates, poorly managing my time and not getting important tasks done. I wasn’t efficient at all which meant I was working twice as hard and barely getting anything done. That’s when I turned to organization and efficient management strategies to help me do a better job at managing my responsibilities because I had so many! I created a family command center and something so simple had a powerful impact on my family and my quality of life.

A part of being a mom means you have the responsibility of managing the family and keeping the car from going off the road. Budgeting, meal planning, parenting, housework, activities, obligations, business and more; there is a lot we have to manage as we run our families and it can get complicated and overwhelming real quick. So having a command center for your family is a simple and practical strategy to help you manage your mom life.

Here are 3 essential, must have elements for an effective family command center:

  1. A Calendar:

    EVERY FAMILY NEEDS A CALENDAR. This is a must have in your family command center. Pick one that is functional over one that is pretty(totally a win if it’s both). Your calendar can be a weekly, monthly or annual calendar depending how you would like to plan. You want to make sure that it has enough space to write down important dates, appointments, classes, activities, etc.

  2. A Communication Board:

    This is a place for the family to communicate back and forth. This can be a white board, cork board, chalk board, memo board, etc. This is a place for you to leave notes, to-do lists, shopping lists, reminders and anything you need the family to be aware of.

  3. A Meal Plan:

    Family life is busy and nothing is worse than looking at the clock at 5pm and not having a clue what’s for dinner. Ok, so there are a lot of things that is worse than that but what I’m saying is not having a plan creates waste and often times leads to poor choices. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve settle for the drive-thru because I didn’t plan properly and for a family of 6, that’s a hard hit to our budget not to mention how unhealthy it is. You can create a weekly meal plan, write out your grocery list and place it in your command center and poof! the 5pm dinner dilemma is gone!

There are so many other elements you can include in your family command center to help your family function more productive and efficiently. These 3 elements are a great place to start. As a final tip, be sure to set up your command center in a high traffic spot in your home so that it is very visible and more likely to be used by everyone in the family.

Do you want to learn more about how you can create your family command center for a more organized family life? Join me for a free training! Click here