It’s the beginning of a new year, and what else does everyone do at the start of each calendar but set a resolution! Now, I’m not calling this a resolution, it’s more like a lifestyle change for my entire family. What is this lifestyle change? It’s creating a command center for our home! You might be asking yourself “What exactly is a command center?”. Well, it’s basically a central location for everything that relates to your home and the people who live in it.
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If you searched command center on Pinterest, I’m sure you’d find hundreds of ideas and different ways to set one up. I’ve come up with a few basic components that I believe should be included in any home.
Family schedule: on any form of weekly/monthly calendar (i.e. desk calendar, chalkboard, dry erase board). This should be visible for all household members.
Paper system: using file sorters, in/out baskets, accordion folders, etc. This includes everything that comes in the mail and all school papers!
Office supplies: pens, pencils, scissors, #allthethings . These are those basic supplies that every home has, yet you can never find one when you need it! You know what I’m talking about!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll show you how I’m setting up our family command center. Today, I’m sharing how to make this easy chalkboard calendar which includes a weekly and monthly function.
I started with this framed chalkboard from Hobby Lobby. To create the calendar style I wanted I used 1/4 inch square dowels from Home Depot. The chalkboard measures 23” x 35”. I used a total of 4 dowels to create my weekly calendar.
To get the look I wanted, I stained the chalkboard frame and dowels with my favorite wood tint by Folkart. Then I measured the dowels to create a calendar with eight equal spaces, 1 for each weekday and the 8th for weekly dinner menu’s. I also measured a space to fit a monthly wall calendar, and left space at the bottom for grocery lists and notes.
After dry fitting all the cut dowel pieces, I glued them onto the chalkboard using crazy glue. In case you’re wondering about measurements, each of the rectangles is 8 inches long and about 4 1/2 inches wide.
My ultimate goal for this command center is to keep our family matters in order, minimize paper clutter, and make our newfound homeschooling process a little more seamless. Maybe it’ll also cut down on the “mommy what’s for dinner?” routine! A girl can dream, right?!
Save this project for later!