The Design Corner: How to Create Your Perfect Command Center in Six Steps

The Design Corner | Command Center

The Command Center – the nucleus of the home where you keep your entire existence organized… or at least the place where you try to keep everything organized. A well thought-out and designed command center will help you reach this goal of ultimate organization. Let us help you think through how to create (or re-invent) a command center with our steps below.

step one // think through the location

Put your command center in a place that makes sense for your family. Kitchens are a great spot for the command center because a kitchen often acts as the hub of the home. Mudrooms, laundry rooms, home offices, or even a handy hallway can also serve as a great space to locate your command center.

The Design Corner | Command Center

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The Design Corner | Command Center

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The Design Corner | Command Center

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step two // think about recurring tasks

What are tasks that come up on a daily or weekly basis? Meal planning… grocery shopping… household chores… scheduling the week….

Include a spot for each of those tasks in your command center.

The Design Corner | Command Center

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step three // think about things that get misplaced

You know those small items that often make you think, where did I put that last? Make a home for those in your command center.

The Design Corner | Command Center

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step four // think about things that pile up constantly

All you need to do is look at the flat surface closest to your door to figure out what items these are – this pile of nomad items usually consists of mail, bills, coupons, homework, and school papers.

The Design Corner | Command Center

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The Design Corner | Command Center

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step five // make it nice to look at

Unless you can tuck your command center away in a hidden corner or closet, it will take up a good amount of wall space. So, make it aesthetically pleasing. Add a little style with a framed inspirational quote or picture. Pick organizational items that are both practical and attractive.

The Design Corner | Command Center

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step six // lay it out

The final step before putting holes in your wall – lay your entire command center masterpiece out on the floor or a large table. This way you can double check that it looks like you want it to (and that it takes up the amount of space you want it to) before putting it up.

The Design Corner | Command Center

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What are some "must-haves" that you think should be included in any command center? Let us know in the comments!

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About Emily Marsh

Emily takes impressive photos, interviews interesting locals, and keeps things organized for Harrisonblog. She also works on special marketing projects, transaction management, and event management for The Harrisonburg Homes Team. Emily loves dogs, her friends and family, dancing, and getting outdoors.

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