In my quest for a more peaceful morning, I have started applying Flylady evening and morning routines. One of the main points, it is to prepare as much as possible the evening before and to put handbag, keys, etc. near the door and to check the calendar for appointments. To achieve this without having to run around looking for these things, we have decided to create our “family launch pad” or “family command centre”. There are tons of inspirational pictures on the web, with more or less complicated layout.
I have already tried to keep all my routines, calendar, grocery list and menu in a spot but it was behind the kitchen door so no-one (including me) would look at them…..it was highly inefficient and outside the kitchen just in front of the pantry I had a wall filled up with my kids art and a shelf (not picture below) full of everything useless (a part from the keys).
So I took off the shelf (not without struggle) and the curtain rod that was holding the drawings and then I started putting painter scotch tape to delimitate the areas I wanted on the empty wall.
The next step I think was my highest moment of planning I ever had in my life: my instinct told me to just go buy the things and then nail them randomly, but my “new” (or should I say, temporary) born organized me stopped me and made me think the process through.
So I wrote a list of the things that needed to go on that wall, check out Ikea website for measures of cork and magnetic boards and then taped their profiles on the wall with painter’s tape; you can see a remaining one in the picture below (I forgot to take pictures during the process….).
Next step was to go an but the things, including a narrow shelf with places for the keys, but the one I saw on the website catalogue it didn’t look good to me in real life and it was definitely too deep, so I opted for a coated hanger.
The fun part was to hang everything up and choose the drawings to display. Finally our Montessori seasons/birthdays calendar had his spot and the kids could check it out at their ease.
The best are the two little cases one for me and one for my husband where we can put wallet, cell phone, keys that cannot be hang: no more overflowing bowl in the dining room!
Now we have an organized space for:
- family calendar
- weekly menu
- evening and morning routines
- grocery notepad
- freezer inventory
- wallets, cell phones, keys
- kids art
After a week of usage, we noticed that was missing a place where to put the incoming mail; ideally I would have liked to process the mail immediately and put it in a folder, but it is not going to happen every day.
It is more realistic that we process it once a week, so I bought this little basket to hang to our commander centre and to welcome all the weekly mail.
Until now it is working out very well and I like it; it may be not perfect, but it works for us, so I would call it a success 😉