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Keep It Simple, Stupid

My sister-in-law over at Winged Wisdom (homeschool mom extraordinaire – someday she will be on a speaking tour and publishing her own curriculum), made a comment on my previous post that made me think. She asked whether anyone used an old fashioned desk for their “command center” anymore. I don’t have a desk, but I had to admit that maybe I was getting a little carried away with my plans (again).  Why not just keep it simple? So, rather than going with my somewhat elaborate ideas (see previous post), I kept a lot of what I already had with a few added touches.

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The wall above this little piece was already complete with the shelf for keys and magnet boards. I simply added the blue desk organizer, then cleaned out the top drawer to make it my new “junk drawer”. It previously held bibs and wash-rags for sticky little faces and fingers. My kids have outgrown both so it was time for the clean-out.

I did have two little moments of creativity (or complete cheapskate – you decide). First, I wanted pretty file folders, but I already had a big box of regular file folders and just couldn’t justify the purchase. So I made my own. I took wall paper samples from a discontinued wall paper book I was given, all in the same color scheme, and pasted them onto the front of the files. Boom – pretty file folders!

Plain files     Wallpaper books     Pretty Files

Second, I wanted some drawer organizers for my “junk drawer”. Rather than buy fancy organizers I decided to use something I already had. I found these unused plastic pencil boxes in my school room.

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Open them, place them in the drawer, add some labels. . . Boom – drawer organizers!

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Thanks for the inspiration, Julie!

30 Minutes or Less – Command Center Maintenance

I love my new(-ish) command center. The great thing about it is that it cuts down on my maintenance time for all my paper work. But it does require some servicing from time to time. For today’s less than 30 minute task, I hit my “in-use” box. This is the box where I store all the things that I am using and want to keep at my finger-tips — Bible Study materials, magazines and books I’m reading, and the home-management binder.  My first task was to sort through and pull out what I am no longer using. I admit I kept throwing magazines in there, and I had a stack I had long-since finished.

I quickly sorted into “Recycle” and “File”, then did accordingly. Next I attacked my home-management binder. When short on time, rather than hole-punching and filing under the appropriate divider, I had some papers I stuck in front.

I quickly sorted these, hole-punched and inserted them into the binder. Then I went through the binder and pulled out papers that were out-dated or I no-longer needed. Task complete, it only took about 15 minutes, and my command center is looking neat again.

Chore Chart Inspiration

I am almost finished with my “Command Center” wall (finally!). The reveal will be tomorrow, but in the mean time I thought I’d share some of the chore-chart resources I have found.

Here is a super-cute chore-chart from Controlling My Chaos. She also has a girl chore-chart and some great suggestions for kid’s chores.

I love this one from The Clay Family Blog. It’s part of their home “command center”. Check it out the entire post to see what else she did on her wall, and also links to the Etsy shop where she purchased these and the chore magnets.

Here’s a crafty clipboard chore-chart by one of my favorite bloggers to follow, ipinterest. She actually does her own variation of the things we all pin on Pinterest. I love this idea.

The Crafting Chicks have created a chore-chart template you can download and personalize from their site. Here’s a sample.

And here is one more downloadable chart from The Bursett Family blog.

Last, as I put together my own chore-chart, I found a very useful resource from Focus on the Family in which age-appropriate chores are listed. Check that out here. Until tomorrow!

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