Reading below, you’ll see our need for our Family Command Center. This tutorial will give you an overview of how quickly and easily you can put together your own command center to let everyone know in the house what is happening.
Family Command Center
Things you’ll need:
- G2 Premium, G2 Target Fashion Collection, and/or G2 Metallics Pens
- Other writing utensils (markers, chalk, etc.)
Assembling your command center:
1. The most important part of your command center is your calendar. You can make it from paper but you’ll have to replace it each week. Chalkboard or dry erase boards work just fine.
2. Decide how you want your calendar laid out. While I love monthly calendars, there’s not much room to write out what is happening each day which is why I went for a weekly calendar. Here we have plenty of room to write out what little things might be happening each day, whether it be play dates or assignments due.
3. Get an organizer to hold pens, paper, etc.
4. Buy Pilot G2 Pens to add to your command center. Pilot G2 is the only brand we’ve used in years. They always write well for us. They are predictable and clear and oddly enough, it’s something very important to me when looking for pens. Pilot G2 also last a long time. They have been proven to write longer than all other gel brands and they have definitely proven that to me. Plus they come in different colors which makes note taking and note leaving fun. With four point sizes and 15 vibrant colors, we never run out of ways to make our notes unique. Pilot G2 is America’s Go-2 gel ink pen and #1 selling ink brand because of its smooth writing and comfortable grip. We bought ours at Target and joined the G2 Overachievers Club.
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5. The last step is to put it all together in a place you are near often. For many, that place might be your kitchen. As I thought about putting our command center in our kitchen, I just couldn’t find a good place. Our kitchen is very small with a lot of the wall space being taken up by other things like cabinets and appliances. We are in our laundry room a lot, however, because it doubles as our mud room. We leave purses, keys, school bags, and shoes there and as it’s at the front of our house between our front door and door to our garage, it gets a lot of traffic. We hung it up where we can all see it but not all little hands can grab the Pilot G2 pens and markers and create a mess.
So now the big question is, where will you put your command center?
We started our command center because life has actually changed quite a bit in the last 6 weeks. It’s not something we really expected would happen in our life, nor was it something we could really prepare for. After a series of events, my mother-in-law, Susan, moved in with us. She has her own room and bathroom in the basement while my family has all of our rooms upstairs so it creates a good balance. We do, however, share the main floor with all of the general living space, including the kitchen and living rooms.
So how is it going? I think the hardest part is taking individuals who are used to ruling over their house and putting them all in the same space to take care of one space. One great part about having Susan in our house is that my kids actually get to spend a lot of time with their grandma. I think they’re really lucky as most kids I know would love to spend more time with their grandma. In their minds, waking up to grandma in the kitchen is one of the best parts of their day. However, my husband and I strictly want grandma there as a grandma, not another mom. I think after years 30 years of being a single parent, Susan has become accustomed to being able to rule the house and be the main source of knowledge and help. While we appreciate it, we don’t ever want our kids to look back on this experience as one where they had three parents in the house, all trying to be helpful. We never want them to think back and remember how the adults out numbered them and were always trying to tell them what to do. Obviously, only time will tell how well we’re all working together on that one, but hopefully it’s going better than we think it is.
One thing I had to let Susan know before she moved in was that our lives get busy. It’s not that we are trying to leave her out, it’s just that some weeks we are constantly gone, leaving early in the morning for school and work and not returning home until after 7 pm. Instead of having to go over the schedule every night in preparation for the next day, I created a little family control center in our laundry room that is right by the front door and the door to the garage so if anyone is wondering what the plan is for the day, it will be clearly written on the board. I also included a little organizer next to it to hold the Pilot G2 pens, paper, and mail instead of leaving it on the kitchen counter.
I think it is the perfect solution to our new situation. Everything is in one little spot, and trust me, it’s a little spot, where any of us can find exactly what we need for the day. I happened to take the photos of our command center on a very unusually calm week where there wasn’t much going on at the time. Normally that schedule is packed full of things going on with notes and letters attached.
In the end, I’m just an everyday overachiever trying to get back to the normal routine after the crazy holiday season and changes in my life. How are you an everyday overachiever? Have you signed up to be in the G2 Overachievers Club?