Creating a Central Command Center

August 18, 2011

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a gazzillion times alot…I’m always moving things around my house.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my foyer has been making quite the transformation with repurposed items, along with the newly stenciled wall and glazed cabinet.  With a few moves, there was a wall in my kitchen/dining room that was all of a sudden left empty… Yes, it was blank and something had to be done with it!  A blank wall with nothing on it…that’s sinful (ha)!  I thought and thought…what to do?  what to do? 

Let’s take a step back ~ a while back I had created a central command center by my refrigerator, but it really wasn’t useful.  With much thought, I decided to use this newly blank wall for a new CCC (central command center)!

What’s a central command center, you ask?

Well, I will tell you!  It’s the go-to place for EVERYTHING.  A spot (especially if you have kids) where all the daily details are layed out, where papers are organized, and where there’s a detailed calendar of events so you know where everyone is going at a certain time, on a certain day.  A must need for any home ~ don’t you agree?!

I had alot of thoughts in my head of what I needed and how I wanted to design this space, BUT before I started, I wanted to check around for some inspiration.  Where was my go-to place?  Pinterest, of course!

Pottery Barn has some great items to help with organizing your family.  A reader just emailed me yesterday about the picture from this post and it’s the incredible modular system that Pottery Barn offers, that helps pull together any space to create an efficient organzational hub.

Buckets, Baskets, and a Bench… What more do you need to create a central command center?

Isn’t this CCC beautifully layed out and functional?  I really like the idea of having the initial of each member of the family and their information in one place – it’s easy to identify and grab on-the-go!

This Kitchen Command Center created by The Clay Family is a must for any family to stay organized!  With a spot for a daily menu, notes, and kids chore board there is no question of who does what and when…right?!

We all love chalkboard (am I right?) and this CCC that Sarah of The Yellow Cape Cod created is perfect for any large (or small) family.  The daily responsibilities of everyone in the family is simply stated with no questions asked! And I love the quote – “Many Hands Make Light Work” (so true!)

Sometimes a central command center isn’t just for the family, but instead a place where we keep all of our “stuff”.  Candice Stringham created this office/studio/art supply closet to hold all her supplies.  With all the “objects in her office”, now everything has a home.

My kids are young and haven’t been overloaded with homework … YET.  DaNita of Delightful Order created this Homework Bulletin Board for her family, so she can easily keep track of her boys school and activity schedules.  I like how she has added a picture of each of her kids, so their space is easily identifiable.

Two more Pottery Barn spaces that are gorgeously designed.  Great look and fabulous idea for the hub of the home !

House of Fifty (published by one of my favorite bloggers, Janell of Isabella and Max Rooms), a seasonal online magazine has a fabulous article in their premier issue about creating a Command Center for the home.  I love that stylish cork board and just recently made one for myself – I’ll be sharing that soon!

BHG always does it right and has awesome organizational ideas ~ Check out some of their strategies on storage {here}

Lastly (but certainly not least), here’s a sneak peak of my Central Command Center, which I will be revealing tomorrow….

Stay Tuned!

What projects have you been up to lately?

You would have thought after my kitchen makeover that I would have taken a break (that was my intention, but didn’t happen – O, well).  I can’t wait to show you what I created for our new CCC


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Comments

  1. Some great pics Jenna. I love a couple of them. Now that my little one will be heading off to school this Fall I guess I should think about doing something like this. I have the perfect spot in my kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration. Can’t wait to see what your command central looks like! : )
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  2. Hi, Jenna! Visiting from the Haven FB page. :) I could desperately use a CCC…finding the right spot for it is my one hang-up. I guess b/c we had one in the kitchen growing up has me thinking I need one there too…but it’s not really an option in our old small house. Love your inspiration pics!
    Amanda @ Serenity Now recently posted..Blogging and Beyond-with The Shabby Creek Cottage

    • Thanks Amanda for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment! We all could use a CCC in our homes – big or small, it’s a must for any family. I can not wait to meet you at Haven…it’ll be here before we know it :) Have a great weekend! Jenna

  3. Hi Jenna,
    Thanks for including the message board article and image from House of Fifty, I love our message board (the one seen in the photo!) helps us stay organized. Who knew life would get so busy with all our various schedules and activities! Janell

    • You’re very welcome, Janell! I love the look of the message board and recently made something similar. Love House of Fifty – So inspirational!! xo Jenna

  4. Thanks for the feature!

    I’m in the process of creating something VERY similar to your sneak peak… (I almost flipped when I saw your photo, I will be revealing mine shortly as well.)

    Thanks Again – Great POST!
    DaNita
    DaNita recently posted..Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party – 25

  5. Thanks so much for including my Kitchen Command Center in your beautiful line-up! I love your new CCC; it’s fantastic! You have a stunning blog and I’m happy to be a new follower.

  6. Jenna, Thank you for featuring my command center! Can’t wait to see what you came up with. Best regards, Sarah

  7. Thanks for these ideas. I’ planning to have mine as soon as I have my own place to have as my office in the house.

    Thanks,
    J. Harp
    writer @ Italian Lighting

  8. Hi Jenna! It’s taken me a little while to get here but what a wonderful blog you have! I’m adding you to my list of blogs to visit often! Thanks for featuring my office! Candice

    • Hi Candice! Thanks for coming over to SAS Interiors for a visit and that is so sweet of you to add my blog to your list! Your project was awesome and your photography is amazing. Glad we connected. xo Jenna

  9. These are great ideas for a command center. I shared this post on my blog’s facebook and twitter page.

    https://www.facebook.com/HomeIsWhereIBelong
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