The last few months have left me feeling so out of sorts that I feel the need to get more organized than just putting away Christmas decorations though. This (in conjunction with my recent addiction to Pinterest) brought me to this weekends project. I will attempt to give props to all of the awesome ideas I found on Pinterest but feel free to follow my "Home" board to see all of my inspiration.
Here is our freshly finished "Kitchen Command Center". It's a combination of things we were already using in different formats (a weekly meal plan on the fridge, grocery list and single to do list) with idea's I found online including a Home Management Binder and mail sorter.
The basic structure of the board is a bulletin board that I had on hand. I added some fabric (which not-so-coincidently matches the curtains on the play kitchen I made that is across the room - I love when things match!). The calendar is the Everything Perpetual Calendar Kit from Clean Mama Printables on Etsy. The grocery list and to-do lists/message boards are labeled J, K, and A for each member of the family. They were prompted in part by my husband not always realizing the to-do list on the fridge can also apply to him ;) But I also found inspiration from these magnetic chalkboard's from the Creative Organizing blog on Simplify 101. Mine are made with dry erase stickers on metal boards. The Sunday-Saturday schedule is also dry erase but not magnetic. The plan is to use if for our weekly dinner menu and daily chores.
I'm hoping the addition of a mail sorter keeps mail from piling up on my kitchen counter and also makes it less of a frazzled search to find bills when it's time to pay them. The structure was bought at Craft Warehouse which is quite possibly my favorite craft store. I modgepodged fabric and letters to it - so simple and fast!
While it looks pretty this is the part that is still very much in process. This is my Home Management Binder. I got the idea and guidance from a blog called A bowl full of lemons. I am so excited to get it done but it will probably take me a few more weeks (depending how much time I put into it) to fill it up. It will grow with our family and needs which I love. I'm hopeful that it really will keep everything vital and those things that should be referenced daily easily accessible. Mine includes sections for: calendars, schedules (work, kids activities etc), cleaning (someday I want to be on one of those amazing schedules that helps you deep clean your house in a few minutes a day. But for now it's empty), menu planning, finances, medical and contacts. Please see A bowl full of lemons blog post on it which details each section. She links to multiple forms to use in the binder as well. I am using the Week at a glance form from mommytracked.com that she recommends. I am also using the Budget and Bill Pay Kit from Clean Mama Printables on Etsy. I pulled some simple contact and medical information forms from Word in Microsoft.
And a very important (not just decorative) "blessed". I saw a "blessed" sign posted over a calendar (Infarrantly creative) on Pinterest and absolutly had to use it here. I can often get stressed while budgeting (shocking right?), scheduling, meal planning and general life as a family. It's such a great reminder that we have been blessed by a loving God who has taken care of us in very hard times and will carry us through the future as well. May all my friends and family be as blessed!
I hope you have enjoyed my first in-depth blog post and I truly hope I referenced enough of my inspirations! Always want to give credit when due. :)