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Create Your Own Command Center


Take control of your family’s schedule with this DIY command center! Keeping up with grocery lists, family schedules, and daily chores can be difficult, and suddenly everything needs to be done at once. Avoid this disaster and simplify the process by using our downloadable content. These clear, easy to use pages allow you to keep all of your family’s information in one, organized, 8×10 location (which you can choose!)


Materials:

  • Plywood
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Picture Frames
  • Printouts (calendar, menu, chores list, etc.)
  • Superglue
  • Magnets
  • Wood Plaque
  • Drawer/Cabinet Knob
  • Tags
  • Cereal Box
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Modpodge
  • Frame Mount Hooks
  • 3-4 Command Hooks
  • Magnetic Clips

Directions:

  1. Cut plywood to your preferred size (the exact specs will vary depending on how large you want the command center to be). Then decorate with paint to give the board visual interest. Go simple with a solid color, or be bold with a funky design or a repeating pattern.
  2. Download a calendar, daily dinner menu, cleaning list, and reminders printouts, and fill the picture frames. Then superglue magnets onto the backs of the frames.
  3. To assemble the birthday block, paint the wood plaque to coordinate  with the background of the command center, and attach the drawer knob using superglue. Label tags with the months of the year, and list the dates and names of people who have birthdays in each month. Hang tags on the knob, and attach magnets to the back of the plaque.
  4. To assemble the mail bin, cut a cereal box down to your desired height and shape. Decorate both the inside and the outside with scrapbook paper, using modpodge to adhere the paper to the cardboard. Then superglue magnets to the back.
  5. Arrange the frames, birthday block, and mail bin on the command center, and incorporate any hooks, clips, and decorative elements until you’re satisfied with the design layout. Make light marks as to where the other magnets need to go, and attach those to the board with superglue. Once dry, attach each item and frame into its permanent place.
  6. Attach frame mount hooks to the back of the command center board, hang it up on the wall, and you’re ready to get organized! Fill out your framed printables by using dry erase markers on the glass to annotate notes and tasks.

Make your own command center.
printable_commandDownload these premade calendar, daily dinner menu, cleaning list, reminders, and mail bin printouts, and use them on your own command center! This process is as easy as creating a backboard for the items, cutting along the dotted lines, and placing the content on the board! Then, you get to select the location in your home that sees the highest amount of traffic.


Try your hand at this craft, and let us know what you think! Share your photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ALMcreate.

For more organizing ideas and downloads, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/organized.