Central Command Center Revamped (again)

The year has been a little slow going for me.  With the 2 week christmas break for the kids + a couple involved (but uber-exciting) client projects + computer issues (my laptop keyboard stopping working due to a virus – UGH), I’m a bit behind.  BUT, I’ve got something good for you…  My Revamped (again) Central Command Center. 

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

I Did It again.

This is the 3rd time I revamped our family central command center (the previous posts can be found here and here).  Our hub of the home.  The 30″ wall that keeps our family on track so we know where we are going when.

So why did I change it once again?  Because our family needs have changed in the last year.  Over time, I found that there were elements on the CCC that we weren’t using and I found that there were other things that we needed.  Keep on reading and I’ll tell you all the particulars about the changes…

But before I share the 411 on the details, you might not know a little something.  Our central command center (the previous version) is featured in this month’s (January 2014) Better Homes and Gardens magazine on the last page in the “I Did It” section.  If you want to read more about the article + some behind-the-scenes footage, take a look at this post.

@Jenna_Burger featured in the I Did It section of Better Homes and Gardens January 2014

So onto the revamped (again) command center.

One of the major needs for our family (actually more so the needs of the 2 kids) were a spot to put ALL THE IMPORTANT PAPERS that they receive from school.  Even though we are a “paper-less” school, a lot of 8.5 x 11’s come home each day.

When making the decision to revamp the CCC, I was on the lookout for some file folders.  Obviously since the wall is small, I couldn’t get anything that was overly large.  After a little searching and waiting, I found a great 3 file wire bin on Joss and Main.  The size was just right, so I snagged it.

Each of the kids now has one opening and there is enough room for a few small folders for the different kinds of papers that come home (ie: school, sports, religion, etc).  A cute little label front in an apple green hue pulls it all together and adds a splash of color.

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

So as you might notice from the before CCC, the black bins came down (after we redid the foyer, they weren’t needed anymore), and we reduced the amount of clipboards from 4 to 2.  The clipboards that remain now contain our grocery list and a peek at the week ahead.  The other 2 charts that went away – the chore chart and the reward chart – were relocated to another spot.  BUT, I’m still going to share ALL the chart printables with you – see below.

The top of the CCC also had a few changes.  I reduced the amount of inspiration framed images to one and replaced the others with a round wall clock.  I realized other than the oven clock, we didn’t have any other place to tell time.  Plus, an actual wall clock (which I scored at Target for less than $10) is great for learning versus the typical digital style.

The 2-month personalized calendar is still in use – a definite MUST-HAVE for our family to run!

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

One more change…  The corkboards.  Aren’t they adorable with the ikat pattern?!  They are by Nate Berkus available at Target and each square panel was about $10.  I put 2 together to make a rectangular look.  With the previous command center, I didn’t have a place to pin ‘stuff’ like invitations, announcements, cards, etc.  That was a major need, so now we have that.

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

The glass jar pipe clamp pen/pencil holders are still in tact and they are great + uber-functional.

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

And that’s about it for the updates.

The result…

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

And a breakdown of the changes I made for the revamped 2014 central command center…

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

Here’s an interesting before + after.  The blank slate I started with 2 years ago and how it looks now…

Family Central Command Center - Design it to fit your family needs!  Created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net.  Featured in Better Homes and Gardens "I Did It"

It’s truly amazing how such a small wall can be used to the max.  From floor to ceiling, side to side, this wall is 100% functional!

Okay, so I mentioned earlier in the post that I’d share the printables that I created for this wall.  Some I still use and some I don’t, but were featured in the magazine article.

Calendar

Personalized Calendar Printable created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Click to Print: Calendar Printable (for personal use only)

Grocery List / Weekly Menu

Grocery List / Weekly Menu Printable created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Click to Print: Grocery List (for personal use only)

Chore Chart

Chore Chart Printable created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netClick to Print: Chore Chart_2014 (for personal use only)

Reward Chart

Reward Chart created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Click to Print: Reward Chart (for personal use only)

Peek at the Week ahead

Peek at the Week ahead created by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

This is a printable I created for the BHG photoshoot, but the idea for this printable came from Jen at I Heart Organizing.  I would never want to take someone’s idea and present it as mine, so I’m not sharing a copy of this for you to download.  Instead I encourage you to print the one she created (which is much cuter than mine) or be inspired and create your own.  Click here for Jen’s Peek at the Week Printable.

If you have any trouble downloading the printables, please let me know.  I don’t often create printables, so I hope they are easy to print.  From my end, they look good to go!

Later this week I will be guest posting about ways to create a command center in your home over at the Style Spotters blog on the Better Homes and Gardens website.  Be sure to check it out and of course, I will share a link.

In the meantime, cheers to 2014 and getting organized + making life simpler for the New Year!




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  1. says

    Jenna, Congrats on the BHG feature! I picked up a copy to see Jen from I Heart Organizing and loved seeing your smiling face and adorable kids at the end of the magazine! I have no idea how I missed your previous post about the shoot (I will blame it on the holidays)!

  2. says

    I saw your feature in the BHG Magazine, that is awesome! How exciting! I love your command center it has inspired me to make one of my one. Anything to keep us more organized and as the kids get older it will be nice that they can just check the calendar to see what is on the schedule.

    • Jenna says

      Much thanks Tammy! It’s going to be amazing how much a command center will help your family stay on track! xo Jenna

  3. Shanna says

    Thank you so much for sharing your command center and printables!! My husband and I loved the idea when we saw it in BHG magazine and have started ours this past weekend. The chalkboard paint is up and I am in the process of getting supplies to complete our command center. I’m hoping this will declutter our refrigator space and keep us more organized! Thanks again! ☺

    • Jenna says

      That is so sweet Shanna. You kind and thought words are so very much appreciated!! I am so happy to have inspired you to create your own command center and I am sure it will help declutter your refrig space! xo Jenna

  4. Cassie says

    I LOVE this idea and we’re definitely going to implement for our family of 7! Can you tell me where you got those wire mesh wall bins from? They are beautiful!

  5. Cassie says

    This is AWESOME! We are definitely going to implement this for our family of 7! Where did you get the wire wall bins? They are beautiful!

  6. Vanessa says

    This Command Center inspired us! We finally did it this weekend… Ours looks much like yours, thank you so much!

    • Jenna says

      The metal one? I got that from Joss and Main, so unfortunately it’s not available anymore, but try stores like Homegoods or Hobby Lobby!

  7. amanda says

    Where do you find 11×17 paper to print the calendar on? Thank you for these great ideas! Need to implement them right away!!

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