There are a few tools that busy Moms need to get organized and manage a household- and a family command center is one of them! It should be located somewhere that you can access easily as you go through the mail and the papers the kids bring home from school, and gives you a place to plan for the next day.
In this post, you'll find the best family command centers– whether you want one that hangs on your wall or sits on your countertop. I'll also share the best command center components- so you can pick and choose pieces you like and create the command center that's right for you!
Our Top Picks for the Best Family Command Centers:
These are the best all-in-one command centers and command center components that you can use to create a space you'll love and use! (Of course- you could always build one of your own if you're feeling crafty…)
|Best All-In-One Command Center|
|Best Magnetic Chalkboard|
|Best Magnetic Whiteboard|
|Best Hanging Letter Bins|
|Best Hanging Filing Bins|
|Best Countertop Command Center|
Command Center Must Haves:
Honestly, there's no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to creating a family command center! You should find one that meets your needs in terms of what you intend to store there, and how you intend to use it.
But there are some command center must-haves that you'll want to consider as you are designing yours:
- Access to your family calendar
- A mail inbox (a place to hold all of your mail until you can deal with it)
- A place to hold paperwork related to upcoming family events (invites, event confirmations, school fliers)
- A place for paperwork related to family sports and activities (team rosters, contact lists, game schedules)
- A place for papers you access frequently (bus schedules, take-out menus)
- Pens, pencils, and possibly chalk or dry-erase markers
Additional Command Center Options:
- Menu board, grocery list (I like to plan my meals out for the week and shop just once!)
- Charging station
- To Do lists
- A place to hang your keys
Where Should You Put Your Family Command Center?
You definitely want your command center to be located somewhere that is convenient for you to use as you are sorting mail and paperwork and planning for your day. And I think for most of us, that ends up being the kitchen! But I've seen command centers set up in mudrooms and entry hallways too.
And you'll need to consider where you have space available. Is there room on a wall? On a desk or countertop? A combination of both?
In my house, I display our menu planning board as well as paperwork for upcoming events and activities on our kitchen wall. Each of the blackboards are magnetic- so I can write on them as well as hang papers on them using magnetic binder clips .
I keep the rest of my command center on my kitchen counter- in a place that's out of the way from where I prep meals.
I would be lost without the organization that my command center provides me and my family! If you aren't yet convinced as to what a command center would do for you- check out this post on Why Every Mom Needs a Family Command Center!
So let's take a closer look at the command centers that I recommend:
Best All-in-One Family Command Centers
The easiest and prettiest way to put together a family command center- is to order all of your matching component pieces from one place, and then hang it all together on a wall. The Pottery Barn Daily System has been around for years- and I think it is the best all-in-one command center there is!
Our Top Pick: Pottery Barn Daily System This is truly the "granddaddy of all command centers". While you purchase components individually, they all work together to create a beautifully coordinated and functional command center. Chalk & whiteboards are magnetic- so you can hang and write. Lots of bins and baskets to hold papers. This system will definitely keep you organized!
More All-In-One Command Centers:
While the Pottery Barn system is indeed beautiful- it is also pricey! So here are some lower-priced options that are great too:
My Gift Wall Mounted Command Center Made of metal, this combination of magnetic chalkboard and two columns of filing bins measures 33.75"W x 24.25"H x 3.25"D. The bottom filing folders are 6" deep, and the other four are 4 1/2" deep. Perfect for keeping paperwork sorted by family member or activity!
Katie & Laurel Idamae Command Center This beautiful wood-framed command center features a chalkboard area, 2 galvanized metal mail pockets and 3 metal hooks along the bottom. It measures 28"L x 25"H x by 3.5"W. Note: the chalkboard is not magnetic.
Cloey Industrial-Style Command Center This wall mounted command center has an industrial vibe, and features a chalkboard and 12 slots with vintage-inspired labels perfect for holiday paperwork by activity or family member. It measures 24" x 36" x 2".
Katie and Laurel Stallard Command Center Available in 4 finishes, this command center measures 24" x 24" and features a center chalkboard and three shallow pockets and three double hooks. Perfect for smaller spaces!
Best Command Center Component Pieces to Buy Individually
Some command centers are best put together by finding individual pieces, over time, that fit your needs.
If you are starting to build a family command center from scratch, I would recommend that you start with a magnetic chalkboard or magnetic whiteboard.
Center it on the wall you intend to use for your command center, and then you can add additional pieces- filing or mail bins, clipboard, hooks, shelves, as you learn what you need from using what you have.
Here are our some of our favorite component pieces for family command centers:
Top Picks: Chalkboards and Whiteboards:
Top Pick: Loddie Doddie Rustic Magnetic Chalkboard This 24"x36" chalkboard has plenty of room for writing notes, or hanging menus, fliers, and more- allowing you to keep everything in your command center organized! The rustic-style frame is beautiful- and the board is designed to hang both vertically and horizontally.
Top Pick: The Board Dudes Magnetic Whiteboard This 17"x23" magnetic whiteboard is a great addition to a family command center! Use fine-tipped dry-erase markers to write lists or leave notes for family members, hang papers by magnets to keep things organized. Can be hung vertically or horizontally.
More Wall-Mounted Command Center Boards:
Design Ovation's Linen Pinboard If you aren't looking for a board to write on, but a board to hang papers from- a pinboard might be the perfect solution for your family command center! This beautifully framed linen fabric pinboard comes in multiple sizes- and can be hung either vertically or horizontally.
My Gift's Shabby Chic Framed Chalkboard This beautiful chalkboard has a great rustic "shabby chic" vibe, and measures 35.5" H X 23.75" W X 1.25" D. Please note: the chalkboard finish is not magnetic- so you won't be able to sue it to hang papers.
Top Picks: The Best Command Center Accessories:
These are great pieces to add into your command center:
Top Pick: My Gift 2-Slot Mail Sorter This pretty rustic-style wall-mounted mail sorter has a vintage whitewash finish. There are two separate compartments for "In" and "Out" slots with chalkboard fronts and 3 key hooks. It measures 8.2" L x 2.6" W x 16.7" H.
Top Pick: Wall Mounted Farmhouse Basket The nice thing about these wall mounted baskets is that they can hold regular-sized file folders horizontally. So you can create a filing system that works for your family- and immediately put paperwork in its place. Available in 3 metal finishes black, grey, and white. The basket measures 13.25” inches long, 8.75 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide.
Top Pick: Galvanized Metal Wall Mounted Clipboard A great addition to a family command center is this decorative magnetic clipboard. Constructed of a galvanized metal magnetic board with a decorative wood frame. It measures 11.5" wide by 20" high by 1" deep. Hang in pairs or groups to organize papers, coupons, and notes!
Best Countertop Family Command Centers
If wall space is hard to come by, or if you just would prefer a countertop or desktop command center- these versions have a small footprint:
Top Pick: Wooden Desktop Command Center This countertop command center has a two-tier mail sorter, accessories compartment, drawer, and a perpetual block calendar. Made of a light-colored finished wood with a black drawer handle and painted black lettering. 13.6" x 8.7" x 7.7".
More Great Countertop Command Centers:
My Gift's Postcard Design Wood Desktop Command Center I love the sweet "postcard stamped" design on this countertop command center (it's also available in a plain white and rustic brown finish). It features three slots to hold clipboards, papers, notebooks, etc. It measures 11.75" W X 6.25" H X 4.5" D.
Blue Monaco Desktop Organizer This rose gold three-tier countertop organizer allows for plenty of storage. It features multiple slots to hold mail, clipboards, filing folders, lists, and writing utensils. It measures 13.6" x 7.4" x 6.9"
Have I Inspired You?
I hope that these ideas have inspired you to create a command center in your own home! But a family command center only helps you to become more organized if you commit to using it!
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