Project Elephant Update: The Family Command Center

Remember that Family Command Center I was contemplating?

Well, I did it.

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And I think I like it! In fact, I think I like it enough to actually use it, which is kind of the point, I suppose.

To start, I hauled that big yellow chalkboard I mentioned downstairs and wrote out a simple chore list for the boys (and Della too, when the task applies), plus an appropriately inspiring verse to help encourage good attitudes while they work.

Most of the items on the list are daily, but a few will only happen a twice a week or so(trash, toilets, etc).

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If it’s a rotating chore (like who empties the dishwasher as opposed to who loads it), each week, the person in charge of it will write his initial beside the check he writes in the box next to the task (the boxes are written in chalk pen, but they write their checks with regular chalk, which wipes off easily with a dry rag without disturbing the chalk pen, which requires a moist rag for removal. All of which means that I don’t have to rewrite my boxes every day).

To replace the ugly whiteboard fridge calendar, I bought a large (pretty!) paper version on clearance ($4) from Target, which I adhered to the side of the tall cabinet with sticky tack.
Ditto for the corkboard, which came from Wal-mart (2-pack for $8) and to which I added a border of burlap polka dot ribbon because…why not?

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{CONFESSION: that sticky tack business was a big fat FAIL It started out okay, but after a while, it simply would not hold either the calendar or the corkboard to the side of the cabinet, even after I applied approximately 78 pieces to a 1 square foot area; I’m going to have to regroup there}

I hung a pen for writing notes on the calendar from a coordinating ribbon and a  couple of tacks stuck in the corkboard…

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…and then I added a basket full of  “essentials” (washi tape is an essential, right?) to the console table to make it easier for the boys to check off their chore lists and for me to keep up with important calendar info.

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Last, but certainly not least,  I found a spot for an IKEA clock that I bought because of the color (sea foam green and aqua are pretty much BFF’s, after all) even though I wasn’t sure where it would go. Now I am!

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Maybe it’ll help the boys stay on task (never mind that there’s already a digital oven clock approximately 3 feet away).

All in all, this corner feels so much more fun and cheerful and—best of all—useful than it did before. The boys are already loving using it to remind themselves of their chores and—the best part—to check them off.

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Of course, with a new calendar system currently sitting on the table because it won’t adhere to the wall in place,  you might assume that I did something different with the cluttered fridge situation. (Which you can see here).

And you would be right! But you’ll have to wait until later on this week to see it.

Anybody want to take bets on how much use our new set up will get? I’m feeling hopeful, simply because I kept things so very simple and straightforward. If I’d made it more complex, I can guarantee you we would  have failed miserably.

Anybody want to help a girl out and suggest a brilliant non-paint-damaging solution for getting the calendar + corkboard to stay put? I’d rather not use nails or tacks of any kind.

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14 thoughts on “Project Elephant Update: The Family Command Center

  1. The clock is a great idea because your kids will learn how to read the time on both an analog and digital clock. My 16 year old niece has a hard time figuring out the time on an analog clock.

  2. Lots have already said it – but I’ll say it again. Save yourself a headache and get some 3M command strips. It all looks really good Abbie. And I am completely smitten with the colour of that clock! YUM. Where did you find the burlap ribbon???

    1. For these command strips, I would DEFINITELY recommended the Velcro ones. Seem to last longer on hanging pictures and stuff. I use the regular ones on the back of the hooks since the hooks are reusable!

      Sometimes they are in the dollar section of Target too! SCORE!

  3. There is a product line from 3M called Command — all sorts of ways to hang things without messing up the paint or putting holes in the wall. We’ve bought it for use in the eldest’s dorm room, for example. Hooks, hooks, and more hooks, of all shapes and sizes and ability to hold various weights. You can get them in the hardware section of Walmart or Target. http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/Command/?WT.mc_id=www.command.com&WT.ctod=02:06

    1. Oops, just saw that someone else mentioned them and even gave a link. (I REALLY thought I read all the comments first before posting mine… but apparently, um, not.) Well, great minds think alike, I guess! :-)

      1. And THEN I just saw that you already replied about the other person’s link, and I am just a stupid idiot, not a great mind at all… *wanders off drooling and mumbling into the distance*

  4. 3m Velcro sticky tabs work wonders and don’t damage a thing! We hang everything on our walls with them. I despise nail holes. Ha!

    1. Love the clock and the chalkboard. I have had success using command adhesive (the ones with velcro) to hang stuff like your calendar and cork board. You might give it a try! Love reading about your adventures and decorating. Thanks for sharing. God bless you!

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