Create A Super Organized (and budget friendly) Command Center

Getting organized for the new school year? Tired of random piles of paperwork (important), bills (really important) and keys (really, really important!) spilling over your countertops? What you need is to create a family command center. A good command center is the main drop zone in the home for mail, paperwork, school work, keys, and other every-day items. Some people add cell phone charging areas and cubbies for backpacks, shoes and other gear. No matter how much space you have (or don't have) you can add organization to your home. Here are some low-cost, budget friendly ways to reign in the chaos!


Often associated with coaches and task masters, the humble clipboard is inexpensive and highly functional. Go for the standard issue brown clipboard with a heavy-duty clip to hold multiple documents. A clipboard is handy for displaying paperwork, invitations, or even mail. Purchase them in various sizes or keep them all the same size for consistency.

You can customize your clipboard by covering it with contact paper, washi tape or even a coat of spray paint. Personalize them so everyone knows what their purpose is like "incoming mail," "recipes" or the family member's name. You can create more organization by displaying your clipboards on a wall or board (like pegboard). A clipboard with a hole at the top can easily be hung on a hook. If you can't find one with a hole for hanging, glue a strong magnet on the back and use it on a magnet strip or magnet board.

Pin boards and magnet boards

The plain old cork boards you see at your local office supply store or hardware store works great as the all-encompassing command center. Easy to hang on the wall, this board (if large enough) can hold calendars, photos, invites, reminders and anything else that needs to be quickly seen by the family. Cork can be purchased pre-mounted on a framed board or you can find it by the roll. Keep in mind the thickness of the cork; if it's too thin, your pins will actually puncture the wall behind the cork. If you can't find the right size cork board, try hanging a piece of homasote (this can be purchased at the hardware store and wrapped with fabric). Push pin boards are inexpensive, but keep in mind that you'll need a place to keep the actual push pins. These pins can be hazardous: stepping on them can be terribly painful and toddlers could try to put them in an electrical socket. If this sounds too dangerous for your family, consider a magnet board. Magnet boards can be covered with fabric to make it feel more decorated. 

Magazine holders and file folders

Magazine and file folders are another inexpensive office supply purchase that can quickly tame the mess of papers, mail, magazines and other necessary items. Some magazine holders are designed to hang on the walls, some sit on a shelf. You'll have to figure out how much space you have and how many you need. Professional organizers usually suggest getting something that is just the right size for one week; if it's too big it might get filled with old items. Too small and it won't hold enough. Clearly label the holders by family member or by storage item. Many store bought items can be personalized to fit your style or color code them by person.

Hooks and knobs

The common hook can go far in your budget conscious command center. Hooks can hold keys, the dog leash, a purse, small containers, and a whole host of items. Inexpensive hooks can be spray painted to give them more pizzaz and can be attached directly to the wall, cork board or a simple strip of wood. Hooks can also be S-hooks hung from a curtain rod or towel rod. Screw hooks can be screwed into a frame or on the underneath part of a shelf. Door knobs and drawer pulls can also be used to hang things from .


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