A Place For Everything

One of my biggest downfalls is that I’m a piler and shover. I’m really good at piling papers on the kitchen counter, then shoving them into a cupboard when company is coming over or even if the pile just gets too big and I’m frustrated. A huge goal for our new house was to keep it from clutter, piles and shoving. Four months into living here and by no means can I say that I’ve been a total success, but I’ve definitely improved.  The Pottery Barn command center system has helped.


In all fairness, this looks super clean and bare because I took the picture in the morning, just after BG had packed his weekly homework in his backpack to return to school, but each of the kids have a cubby on the left side, then the cubbies on the right are for DG and things I need to mail out.  I try to keep the calendar limited to the family things or the kids’ appointments and only list my personal appointments if I’m going to be out of town/gone so that at a quick glance DG knows what’s going on and when.  He doesn’t look at his iPhone calendar every day so I’ve found that this is the easiest route to make sure he’s kept in the loop of activities and where we need to be-and when.

Obviously we also have a place for our spare keys and a spot for DG to put his wallet and glasses when he gets home.  It’s really nice to keep his things in one place so he’s not looking for them. I haven’t used the bulletin board much yet mostly because I’m nervous about thumbtacks and Eleni.  As for the kids’ cubbies, those are the most used on the whole thing.  BG gets weekly homework and reading packets every Monday that have to be completed and turned in the following week.

Before the command center BG’s homework packets lived on our kitchen table…whether they were on top of or underneath other papers that the school sent us.  I’m ashamed to admit that more days than not he’d spend five minutes or so just looking for his homework packet amidst the other papers.  I’m so happy that now he knows right where his packet is every day and as soon as he’s finished working on it, the packet goes back into his cubby.  It’s seriously amazing how this has helped eliminate fights of “where is it?” and just made getting homework out so much smoother.  It’s too bad that it couldn’t miraculously make doing the homework easier, but I know I can’t ask for too much!  Eleni also puts her daily school work into her cubby then at the end of the week we go through it to save the important/better papers and toss the junk.  And I love that my kitchen counter isn’t cluttered!!!

Initially I thought I wanted the command center in our pantry closet, but ultimately decided on the back entrance hall because it’s visible by all four of us every day.  There are some days when we don’t ever go into the pantry so the calendar would never be seen!  You can also make a command center with your own baskets and cubbies if you have an eye for that, and I’m sure it would be a whole lot cheaper than our Pottery Barn version.  I’m not so crafty though and don’t think it would ever get done if I was left to buying individual pieces myself, so the Pottery Barn system worked for us.  What is the ultimate organizing tip in your house?


  1. darriyan says:

    How organised! I love this!

    Darriyan xo

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