In our busy lives, information and paper come at us from all directions all the time! Where does all this come from? It comes in with the mail, from school or work, or in your purse! These items might require immediate action, might be dates and times to enter on our calendar, bills to pay, or addresses or service providers we may need later. The family command center is a space for information and paper that needs easy access and quick retrieval. Keep organized with a command center for papers.
Our first decision is where best to create the space for this work zone. Where do you see these papers? In most homes, it is the kitchen since it is the hub of your home. However, if your home office is on the first floor and in a central part of your home, this is a great space to establish this area. You decide what works best for you.
For papers begin by reviewing the current clutter. Start by deciding what to keep and what to toss. Be decisive! This ensures keeping only what you need. Continue by sorting your papers into the categories that work for you. Most people need these categories: to do, to pay, pending, and to file. Other categories include the names of each of your children and partner, weekly activities, other school and organizations’ papers.
Now that you have categories, decide what organizing product might assist you best in keeping these papers in order. Look around the space, measure the area for size, and think about your personal organizing style. Look for a desktop file suited to the décor of the space with hanging files to label with each category. You can also use wall pockets, one for each category, if you have h ave vertical space. Be sure to choose a product you love and this will help you stay organized.
A family calendar is a vital tool in this area too! Add a month at a glance calendar where everyone can record their activities. Placing it where all the family can see it helps everyone stay on top of weekly plans.
Establish family and personal routines for your family command center. Hold a family meeting once a week to update your calendar. Family members take turns as scribe to add information. Designate an administrative time for you to work on the command center. This routine usually takes just one hour a week, especially if you choose a time you are high energy to get the job done. Write your administrative time in your personal calendar to commit to the time and make yourself accountable to get the job done.
Creating a family command center makes the difference in keeping information accessible and easy to locate. Find the right space, the right categories, the right products and the right time to make this work for you. You benefit by having balance and peace of mind! Your family learns organizing systems and routines that will last a lifetime!