This get organized checklist for your command center is the first in my get organized series. A command center is the central hub of your family life.
Getting your command center in order will help you manage day to day life easier. With general household management out of the way, you’ll be able to tackle the upcoming organizing tasks with more energy and focus.
I decided to create this series based on the popularity of my Annual Get Organized Checklist. This is the checklist I use at the start of each year to get all aspects of my life in order.
Get Organized Checklist for Your Command Center – Detailed Look
The checklist itself is pretty basic. If you just want the printable, go directly to the next page to download and/or print it.
If you’d like more details on each step and tips for setting it up, this section will provide lots of help.
Between work, school, extracurricular activities, and social events, family life has a lot of moving parts. It is essential to stay on top of each person’s schedule.
With 6 people in our family, I need a lot of space to track each person’s activities so we use a large calendar. We tried a dry erase version but I like being able to look back at prior months to jog my memory so I prefer a paper calendar. You know what works best for you so choose a calendar that fits the way you work.
Next, you’ll want to gather everyone’s schedules and consolidate all of that information on the family calendar you selected. Put in birthdays, games, recitals, meetings, and any other important dates.
I also like to keep a weekly schedule posted to remind us who has what activities each day of the week. Since I don’t want to crowd our family calendar with all of the practices, lessons, and other frequent responsibilities, the week-at-a-glance is an easy way to capture it all.
With so many papers coming in from school and the mail, it’s important to create a system to manage it all.
Those folders are where family members will put important information they need to keep track of, like:
- Instructions for an upcoming class project
- Invitations to an upcoming party
- Field trip information forms
- List of important events (e.g. sports or band concert schedules)
You’ll also need an inbox for mail you need to sort, forms you need to sign, and information you need to add to the family calendar. So, when your daughter brings home a field trip permission form, it will go in your inbox. After you sign it and send back the portion that must be returned to the school, you’ll put the information sheet in her folder.
I’m a big fan of the “one touch” rule, though I’ve had a hard time sticking to it. Basically, the rule dictates that you can only handle each piece of paper once. That means when the mail comes in, you will pay bills immediately, file important documents, and trash unwanted mail. If you follow the one-touch rule, clutter doesn’t pile up because you develop the habit of always putting things in the right place and taking care of tasks immediately.
I do try to pay bills right away so in my command center I also have an outbox for mail. In addition, I keep all of my bill paying supplies at my command center to make it easy for me to pay them immediately.
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