Does your family have a command centre?
Maybe you think it's easy to stay in touch with the variety of smartphones and other technology available to us today, but with different family members using different platforms, finding common ground can be more difficult than ever.
That's where a family command centre comes in.
What is a Command Centre?
A family command centre is a designated space in the home used for one purpose only: letting the rest of your family know what's going on.
Where this family-friendly feature is located depends on your home, and exactly what you want in the command centre. This will lend organization to day-to-day life and make your home more functional for your family.
So what should you include?
A family calendar is typically necessary, for marking important events like dance recitals, soccer games, and family reunions. You may also want a file folder to keep track of important documents and mail. Consider a chalkboard or dry erase board for writing messages.
Other ideas include things that will hopefully help "run the household". Perhaps you'll post a chore schedule so each family member knows what they're expected to do and when to do it. Meal plans and grocery lists can ensure cooking is less of a hassle.
In essence, the command centre is where anyone in the family can go to find out about upcoming events that concern everyone.
How to Make One
First, choose the area you'll dedicate to your command centre. You'll likely want some bare wall space to hang things on but some people also use tables or desks. You could even dedicate an entire room to this if you have the space!
Take a moment to think about your family's lifestyle to visualize what you'll need.
To know how big to make your centre, think of how many people are in your family and what they do. If your children are still quite young, they likely won't need their own space in the command centre. Things like hooks for your keys, a mail holder, and a single calendar will probably suffice for you and your spouse.
If your children are older, they may like to contribute and you'll want to accommodate more space. This is when a large chalkboard or dry erase board, schedule print-outs, and perhaps multiple calendars, will be beneficial.
In any case, this is meant for you and your family only, so get creative and make it your own!
Tips for the Ultimate Command Centre
For your family command centre to be successful, everyone needs to want to use it.
Here are a few ways you can make that happen:
1. Pick a location where it can't be missed.
A great place is by the kitchen, the foyer, or somewhere close to the front door. These are locations for your family is likely to pass by at least once or twice per day, giving them ample opportunity to check for changes.
2. Make it look good.
You don't have to be decorating genius to spice up the look of your command centre. Use coloured paper, have multiple options for dry erase markers, and don't be afraid to get a little bit fancy.
3. Keep each member's section separate.
If each family member wants to display their personal tasks/updates, make sure to keep everyone's section separated either by colour or with enough whitespace. This will help keep things organized and make it easier for everyone to include what they want in their space.
4. Make it erasable.
Your family's schedule will change week by week. It's important to have elements in the command centre that can be changed when necessary. That's why a chalkboard or a dry erase board is so important. These could be cleaned and modified as needed.
Multi-coloured post-it notes, magnets, and other temporary elements will allow you to change things on-the-fly.
Starting a family command centre can be just the thing to bring the entire family together and make sure everyone feels represented. It's also a fun outlet for your creative energies. Take a look at several ideas for command centres and make your own today!