Home Organizers

MOM!!!

You really need the FCC- Family Command Center, that is!!

Home Organizers

MOM!!! You really need the FCC- Family Command Center, that is!!

MOM!!! You really need a family command center!!

Keeping your important information and "stuff" in one place is just plain smart!

How often do you walk into your home with your hands full of bags, drop stuff on the floor or kitchen counter and dive into some unplanned activity without ever dealing with all the items you just carried in from the car?  And the next morning you have to scramble to find your car keys, purse, forms that needed to be signed to go back to school, overdue bills?  My guess is the answer is “too often!”

The smartest thing you can do for yourself and everyone in your household is to create a designated area for your FCC.  Just like it sounds, it’s mission control for all action items and storing everything you need, day in day out. 

It will take some time to train everyone, but if you make a place for everything, and everything is in its place, at the end of the day, you will save time and money - EVERY DAY!!

Family Planning Together

How often do you walk into your home with your hands full of bags, drop stuff on the floor or kitchen counter and dive into some unplanned activity without ever dealing with all the items you just carried in from the car?  And the next morning you have to scramble to find your car keys, purse, forms that needed to be signed to go back to school, overdue bills?  My guess is the answer is “too often!”

The smartest thing you can do for yourself and everyone in your household is to create a designated area for your FCC.  Just like it sounds, it’s mission control for all action items and storing everything you need, day in day out. 

It will take some time to train everyone, but if you make a place for everything, and everything is in its place, at the end of the day, you will save time and money - EVERY DAY!!

Family Planning Together

Here are the simple steps to get started:

Make a list of all the people who need to be tracked, including pets and grandparents.

Get a large monthly calendar that you can hang on the wall in your designated area, and enough different colored markers so everyone has their own color.  If there are actions that don’t relate to an appointment or activity for one person, you can give those all the same color, like bill deadlines, company coming to visit, entire family activities, etc.

Get some file baskets for incoming/outgoing papers, folders with pockets for each person, and maybe one that’s plastic and bendable so the kids can put it in a backpack.

You can include a bulletin board and/or a whiteboard for messages, to-do lists, shopping lists, invitations, and notes.

If you are more comfortable with everyone using their phone calendar, you can link your calendars together and, again, assign everyone their own color.   Take some time to think it through.  If your little one has one color and you post a doctor’s appointment, then you need the driver (you?) to also have your color posted on the calendar too.

If you love using binders, everyone can have their own and include pages for medical information, details of activities, papers that need to be filed in a more permanent place – or tossed at the end of the year.  The FCC is a good place for a shredder and recycling bin too.

The FCC is also a good place to have a master list of emergency contacts, especially if you travel and someone else is in charge.  If you run out of oil while you are on vacation? Who to call? If someone has prescriptions, instructions can come in handy for the babysitter.

As a professional organizer, I tend to overthink all the options, but in the long-run, it will make everything easier.

At the very least, having a landing place for house and car keys, back-packs, brief-cases, purses and shoes, mail and a charging station will make life so much easier when it’s time to leave the house again.

I’d love to hear your ideas on what you keep in your command center!

 

If you need help creating your mission control, please contact me!

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