Our "Command Central"
With back to school finally underway for us (we didn’t start until September 9th due to construction), I thought now would be a good time to share what we do in our house to organize the endless sea of papers that come in from school, sports, and mail OH MY! This command center lives right across from our kitchen desk and has evolved over the years as the kids have moved into and out of preschool, then into and out of the upper grades where there is less art and less of a need for a place to keep homework that needs to be re-visited over the course of the week like spelling and vocabulary words. Another problem we were having was dealing with chargers and devices and having a central place to “re-charge” them all at night. (Oh, and by the way, I am currently not affiliated in any way with any of the stores or links I am providing in this post... just a huge fan!) So, a few years back we purchased a Hemnes bookcase from Ikea. This allowed us to use the bottom shelf for a basket that we could use for all of our paper recycling that could not go in the normal recycling bins. When it filled up (more like, started overflowing because it could happen in the blink of an eye), we (and by “we” I mean “I”) would take it to a local paper recycling bin and dump it in. The remaining shelves needed to house the following: an “inbox” for our incoming mail, each child needed a place for weekly papers (that didn’t get turned in until the end of the week), as well as a few supplies like a ruler and pencil or two to have at their disposal during homework time and a place for devices to rest while charging… oh, and ALL.THOSE.CHARGERS. So, what I decided would work best were these double drawer units from The Container Store (aka Paradise). If each child had his or her own, they could use them for
- Weekly spelling and vocabulary papers due at the end of the week
- Devices or cords and misc. parts that belong to each child’s devices (these things drive me nuts!)