Column: Creating a command center


By Sarah Nurmi

“I’d like my family to be more organized this school year. Any advice on how to accomplish this?”

A great way to achieve this is by creating a family command center. A command center is an organized drop spot that keeps the family on the same page. Not sure where to begin? The internet has hundreds of inspirational ideas. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Choose a location: The command center only works if you can see it. Choose a space like a mudroom, hallway nook, a kitchen wall or entryway. A space you pass by daily is ideal.

2. Choose what to include: Determine what takes priority in your family. If the space allows, you may want each family member to have his or her own section of the command center. Schedules, calendars and a place to jot notes are all popular items to include. I highly suggest a “week at a glance,” especially if you have multiple commitments. This ensures you won’t miss an appointment, practice, game or performance.

3. Decorate to motivate: Making your command center pleasing to the eye will help you keep it that way. Use colors that you love and inspirational art. Use pieces that blend with your existing décor for a design that screams function and beauty. Keep your lines simple and clean. A cluttered command center defeats its purpose.

4. Display: Imagine the space as a giant scrapbook page. Arrange items on the floor or table. Once satisfied with the layout, use command strips to hang for a damage-free display.

5. Get the family on board: Share your expectations with the family to keep the command center updated and organized. Refer to it often, and it will soon become a staple in your home.

Happy organizing!

Sarah Nurmi is a Professional Organizer in Fishers. Email your organizing questions to For more organizing tips, visit

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