A kitchen (or somewhere) command center is an in-home nerve center that’s the secret to every organized family. We’ve rounded up tips on how to create your own, from inspirational wall calendars and perfectly placed to-do lists to a charging station organizer that’ll tame all those cords and look good in the process. Keep reading to find one that fits your needs.

Super Command Center

Get your family super organized with a command center that has it all, from a monthly calendar to a growth chart. Labeled bins for shoes, perfectly placed hooks, a magnet board: My Mommy Style's put together the queen of all family command centers. To find out how to get your stuff (and maybe your family's life) in order, read My Mommy Style's detailed post packed with tips for creating a family command center.

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Bright and Functional

Rainbow bright stripes separate each family member's own personal drop zone in Oh Joy!'s DIY family check-in station, guaranteeing an awesome and organized start to each day. Handy cubbies down below wait with necessities, and magnetic walls above hold keys, lists, and reminders. We love that you can mix this one up to fit your family's needs, from picking your fave colors to adding extra cubes for storage. Check out all the step-by-step instructions at Oh Joy!

The Easiest Command Center

Put together a command center in less time than it takes to deliver a pizza to your front door. This color-coordinated command center has all of the essentials—a place to put loose papers, a handy message board, a calendar—without the sweat or expense some others require.Check out how you can make your own.

Magnetize

Ikea's SPONTAN Magnetic board is the secret ingredient that can take your family command center from good to great. These affordable magnetic boards can be hung horizontally or vertically, and they're big enough to hold everything from your child's most recent masterpiece to field trip permission slips. Hang one over a desk and put a calendar plus to-do list on it, or put one over the shoe bins in your mudroom. Buy a few at Ikea.

Personalized Bulletin Board

A supersized bulletin board makes a great background for a family command center. A Beautiful Mess's easy DIY directions show you how to make a bulletin board that can fit in any space. We love that you can hang absolutely anything you need on the board, from important phone numbers to fave recipes to chore charts. Find the step-by-step at A Beautiful Mess.

Command Center on Wheels

The brilliant organizational wizards at The Home Edit put together this modern simple command center that you can fit just about anywhere. A whiteboard calendar tracks important dates, and a rolling wicker basket makes a perfect drop zone for loose papers and preschool backpacks. Check out The Home Edit's tips to create your own command center.

Homework Central

Makeover a nook into a homework command center by giving your kids everything they'll need to zoom through their worksheets. This built-in space costs less than $150 to outfit. We love the clever use of curtain rods to hold supplies and the pops of color that the functional baskets add to space. It's so cheerful you might have a hard time letting the kids call this space their own. Visit By Dawn Nicole to find out how she put it all together.

Space Under the Stairs

A family command center doesn't have to take up space in the kitchen, laundry room or mud room. We love that Jaclyn of Coffee, Pancakes, and Dreams put a wall leading to the basement to work as her family's command center. With chalkboard paint, clipboards to hold chore charts and a shiny envelope awaiting loose papers, the command center put things in their place. Check out the step-by-step on Jaclyn's blog and as a bonus, get a set of free printable chore charts.

 

DIY Farmhouse Design

If you're short on space, we love the DIY Farmhouse Command Center created by Michaels. It's got all the essentials—a place to jot down notes or greetings, a slot to hold mail and a row of spools repurposed as key hooks. Plus, it takes about 30 minutes to make. Find the supply list and instructions at Michaels.

 

Charging Station Organizer

Give an old letter sorter new life with an electric jolt. This rustic charging station will keep cords corralled and electronic devices ready to go. It's stylish enough that you won't mind seeing it on your counter and big enough that it'll hold all your devices. Go to Driven by Decor to find out how you can create your own custom charging station.

Frame the Chalkboard

Bright picture frames add a fancy touch to a chalkboard wall. What's more, they create dedicated space that you can use for all sorts of things: chores, homework, activities. A Second Chance to Dream rounded out her command center chalkboard wall with an oversized monthly calendar that keeps all the important dates front and center. Head over to the blog for all the DIY details.

—Oz Spies

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