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By Emily

Organize Your Items with a Home Command CenterIt doesn’t matter if you’re a household of one or a family of ten, the same rings true: keeping your home organized and running smoothly is a daily struggle. Where’d you leave your keys? Did I put that bill in the mail? What’s going on this week?

A home command center is your one-stop shop for keys, mail, schedules, to-do lists, and more. It’s completely customizable to your home’s organizational needs. Maybe yours will take up an entire wall, or maybe all you need is a basket for tossing in the essentials.

When setting up your command center, it’s important to keep location in mind. Areas like the kitchen, entryway, or mudroom work perfectly, as they’re central spots in the home, and everyone passes through them regularly. If you don’t see your command center, you won’t use it.

Hang a clock and a weekly calendar so your family can see what everyone’s upcoming schedules are. Chalkboards or dry-erase boards are great for quick notes, reminders, or to-do lists. Easily keep track of mail and school papers by assigning each family member a file folder or clipboard. You can even avoid the constant “What’s for dinner?” question by posting a weekly menu.

No matter what you decide you need in your command center, make sure you set up specific places for specific items: a basket for outgoing mail, hooks for your keys, etc. This will prevent the area from becoming a cluttered drop-all.

Check out some design ideas at iVillage with a number of different command center layouts. For free printable calendars and other planners, Organized Home has an entire printable library. By adding a home command center, you’re sure to keep your household running like a well-oiled machine.