Command Centre

Running a household can feel impossible some days. And it doesn’t seem to get any easier. Quite the opposite actually. The older the kids get the more I have to juggle. Not only do we have family activities, but we have daycare, school, work, special occasions, after school activities, sleepovers, movie nights, and those are just examples of things out of the house!

My point is, things get busy. And I am always struggling to make my life more organized and less stressful. Naturally, that prompted some changes at the Dream Home for efficiency.

Do you see this wall right here? It is a small wall that pretty much floats in the middle of our upstairs living space. This view is from the front door of the house. After some planning, I decided to turn it into a “command centre”. Anyone with Pinterest probably knows what that is, but in case you don’t… it’s basically an organized wall for your family. Some of the most common things you would see are: a calendar, whiteboard, menu, paper storage, family photo, etc. Although each family puts their own spin on it.

The issue with these types of walls (and something Pinterest seems to neglect to advise you on) is that you have to have all of your items before you start the wall. They tend to be more of a “gallery” style so you may need to hoard some of your great finds until you’re ready to complete the entire thing.

I used painters tape to mark where I wanted my items to go. It was easier for me to visualize without making multiple holes in the wall. I placed a lot of items on the floor first to get a more accurate idea of what the whole thing would look like. And once my tape was in place and I was happy with the look. I started to place the items (and by I, I mean Dave who was my helper for this project).

A helpful hint for anyone who decided to take on a project like this. Start by hanging your larger items first. The smaller “filler” items are easier to alter if the tape is slightly off.

For example, the first two things I placed were my large family calendar, and the clip frame that takes up the entire left side. The tape was previously there for the frame in the middle, but once they were on the wall I was able to centre my family photo so it floated in between. My calendar I attached with command strips, the others were hung with hardware.

And then it is all about building the items outwards. I tried to always add the next closest item to the centre point. And then complete it’s opposite. So the clock was the next closest item on the top, then you can see Dave working on the closest item to the centre on the bottom.

The most important item for me to have on this wall was hands down a calendar. I am constantly trying to juggle the schedule of multiple people and It was the first item I began to look for. I purchased this one on amazon and I liked that it was magnetic, a white board, and also has a cork frame for adding notes if need be. I added the clock because this being the centre of the house makes it easily seen from anywhere (always convenient) for a busy family. Although a family photo is important, I didn’t want to take up a lot of space with pictures. Let’s face it, this wall is not huge and almost every other main level wall has photos hung. So it didn’t seem like a huge priority, although a small 5X7 did make it into the centre.

The bar and buckets were also important. The larger bucket holds notepads, post-it’s, your standard office supplies for grocery lists and homework. The smaller bucket contains all the writing tools. Pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, etc.

The large frame that takes up the entire left upper side is a wooden frame that contains three metal hooks. I stuck some photos inside but I thought it would be perfect for things like concert tickets while waiting for the show, or programs for pre school graduations, etc. Things that you want to show off but don’t want people to touch or lose.

A metal mail sorter was added to the lower side as well. I added labels which read “mail”, “memo” and “file”. A place for me to stick the mail when I am walking in the door. Once open it will be moved to either “memo” or “file”. Memo will end up being items that have to go back out, maybe things to add to the calendar, etc. And file will be the things that need to be filed away in my office. Paid bills, bank statements, etc.

Now, are you ready to see how it all came together? A few final finishes were added and now we’re in business!

And this post wouldn’t be complete without the side by side before and after. So, let me take you back to the front door view of the entire wall.

Now, down the road we have talked about staining the little entry table to match our kitchen table but after the harvest table we are taking a little break from staining. That project will simply get added to the end of the list of “upcoming projects”.

Front Closet 

I feel so bad for my blog followers, I’ve been slacking! (On my entries, not on my projects).

I’ve got a ton of new stuff that I’m working on but everything is at a halfway point, instead of me getting to post completed work/before and after’s. I promise there are lots of exciting things to come! I’ve got a few new kids projects underway, some new basement stuff, and have even started on my outdoor projects as the snow is FINALLY melted.

I’m going to keep this entry short and sweet, as it was a quick fix project/solution. And, because it falls more under organization then an actual DIY or Reno.

  

I’m talking about my front hall closet. Which drove me up the wall because of the lack of storage on the bottom. It has tons of floor space down there but no matter what I did it always seemed cluttered and messy. I purchased a few cheap $5 shoe racks but it seemed to make the space even worse. So they got demoted to the garage.

I have a hanging organizer in the very centre of the closet for the kids little shoes, so it’s just hubby’s and mine that were the problem. I searched far and wide for DIY solutions, but I wasn’t super in love with any of the ideas. And some cost way too much to just be used as a shoe rack. So ultimately I had an idea to just use the exact same shelf style that was at the top of the closet, and place a foot off the ground for shoes. It is a wire rack shelf, so water or dirt would ultimately fall right through. On one hand that could be great, that your boots aren’t soaking wet, on the other I would end up with a large puddle inside my closet.

This is where Dave came in and mentioned putting a mat down in there, or even a collection tray. Great idea, but frustrating because of the long skinny dimensions. All carpet/mat runners were either too short, or too wide. But what we ended up finding was a storm mat. (Purchased at Home Depot for $9 – dark brown). And the dimensions allowed us to cut it down the middle, length wise and it fit perfectly! Those mats have a very thick rubber backing, designed for the winter months of extra snow.

Check out the finished product!

  
    

We use the green kids shoe rack as a divide for our coats and boots. Hubby is on the left, and my stuff is on the right. We try to keep the middle area empty with the extra hangers for guests. The shoe rack now also works great for storing our bags when not in use. (Diaper bag, purse, daycare bag, etc)