Organization Board Family Command Center

In March 2012, I made an organization board to help keep my family in order. I made it with a baby strapped to my chest and decided to put it on my blog that I had just quit my day job for. Three months earlier, I had decided to take the plunge and be a full time blogger… at the exact same time as I had my first child. Interesting timing, right? Well, that little organization board tutorial went VIRAL! I had no idea what was going on. I just suddenly was getting hundreds of comments, emails, and my life was completely changed. That post is still one of my top traffic sources to this day, but I cringe every time I see it pinned on Pinterest, which is over 500k times… that is a lot of cringing! The lighting was terrible and I am SO over chevron print and the colors aren’t exactly my style anymore. You can see the full tutorial for my first organization board, here.

Organization board

I have wanted to change up the good ol’ organization board for a while now, but just have had ZERO motivation to do it. Once we moved, I decided to finally take on that project. I set my entire old board a side and started fresh! Ladies and gentlemen (for the one random dude who happens to come across this post), I present to you… The Organization Board Family Command Center version 2.0!

Organization Board Family Command Center tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com

Ahhhhh… isn’t that so much better? I really wanted to bring in some natural elements with the stained wood, while keeping some funky features like the stripes and the metallics.

To make your own, you need…

-Laminated pine cut to 30.5″ x 19″

Minwax Stain Wipes in Walnut

Minwax Stain Wipes in Dark Mahogany

-Two 8.5″ x 11″ document picture frames (found at the dollar store)

-Two 5″ x 7″ picture frames (found at the dollar store)

Two bulldog metal clips (The link is to buy 12, but you can buy a pack of 2 at Walmart)

3″ round paper mache box (The link is to buy 14, but you can buy just one at JoAnn Craft)

8 medium Command Strips for picture hanging

4 medium Command Strips

2 Sawtooth hangers

-Hammer

-Tape measure

-Small notepad

-Calendar, notes, menu, and cleaning list printed off. (links to those are further down in the tutorial)

-Painter’s tape

-Gloves (the Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths come with one pair each, but you might need some extras)

-Sandpaper

-Gold paint

-Paper towels

How to prep wood to stain

The first thing you are going to want to do, is sand your wood. The laminate is going to be mostly smooth, but just make sure to sand the edges and any areas that aren’t nice and smooth. I just did a light sanding, nothing you need to put a whole lot of elbow grease into.

How to stain wood with Minwax stain wipes cloths on www.girllovesglam.com

Now for the fun part, staining! Staining wood can sound like a scary process, but these Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths are seriously the coolest! If you have ever used a Clorox wipe, you can stain wood. You literally wipe the stain on with the cloths. Just wipe in the same direction as the wood grain and make sure you have covered all of the wood. Then go back and wipe the stain off with a paper towel. It says that it takes an hour to dry, but mine was sitting in the sun and didn’t take that long at all.

How to stain wood in stripes on www.girllovesglam.com

Measure how big you want your stripes to be and tape them off. I wanted to have two darker stripes that were 6 inches each, so that is how mine is taped.

How to stain wood stripes on www.girllovesglam.com

Now, wipe your darker stain where you want your stripes to be. You may need to wipe sideways, instead of with the wood grain by the tape, but just make sure to go back and wipe with the grain afterwards so that when it dries, it is all in the same direction. After you have wiped it on, wipe it off with a paper towel and let it dry before taking the tape off.

How to hang up wood command center on www.girllovesglam.com

Flip your wood over and measure a spot for your hangers to go. I put mine at 1 inch down and 1.5 inches over. Nail them into place. Just a tip, if your wood is thick enough, use longer nails when you put them in. The tiny nails they give you with the hangers are kind of hard to get into place because they are so short.

How to make a DIY pencil holder on www.girllovesglam.com

Paint your paper mache box and throw the lid away. Props to you if you can think of something creative to do with the lid.

Organizational Free Printables including cleaning list, blank cleaning list, menu, notes and calendar on www.girllovesglam.com

Print off all of your printables. I printed all of mine off on white cardstock. Click on each of the links to get the printables. There is a link to my cleaning list and blank cleaning list if you want to open it up in one of your computer programs and add your own chores or even just write them down with a marker. These printables are very similar to the last ones, but I wanted them to feel more modern. I went with a hexagon theme because it is trendy, but these printables are really easy to switch out when I get sick of them. I also decided not to make grocery list printables this time and just have a notepad on my board because I use a list making app for my grocery list and found myself using the grocery list papers as scratch paper anyway.

Calendar

Menu

Notes

Cleaning list

Cleaning list blank

If you would like any of these printables customized, I recently added a listing on my Etsy shop for customization of these printables HERE.

Hanging pictures with Command Strips on www.girllovesglam.com

Put the printables in the picture frames. Rip the stands off of the backs of the picture frames.

How to make a family command center on www.girllovesglam.com

Lay out all of the frames on the board with the paper mache box and clips to get them right where you want them to be.

How to put together a family command center on www.girllovesglam.com

Put two of the picture hanging command strips on the top corners of each of the frames and stick them to the board where you want them to be. Put two regular command strips on the flattest side of the paper mache box and stick it to the board. Cut up a command strip and stick it to the back of your bulldog clip on the top and on the clip part and stick them onto the board as well.

DIY Family Command Center on www.girllovesglam.com

Hang up your board, put your notepad in one clip, your pens and pencils in your box, and start organizing!

Family Command Center Tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com

I love that this gives us one space that has our family calendar, a clip to put our receipts and bills on, a dry erase note pad, our weekly menu, our cleaning list, our writing tools, and some scratch paper all in one place.

Family Chore Chart Cleaning List Free Printable on www.girllovesglam.com

I love how much more modern the printables look with the hexagon theme and the seafoam green color that the hexagons are in this time. This cleaning list is literally how I function! I find myself getting too busy to clean unless I have a list there to tell me exactly what to do. It is great because my daughter loves to help me check off chores on the list too. It helps teach her responsibility that way, even if she is too little to do most of these chores on her own.

Organization Board Command Center Tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com

And there you have it! Organization Board 2.0! How do you keep your family organized?

Comments

  1. Hello!
    I read many of your comments from your 2012 message/organization board, and I am wondering how well it works to use a whiteboard marker on glass. Could you share that?

    Your newest message board is very cool. Thanks.
    Jo

    • The dry erase markers work incredibly well on glass. It works exactly like a dry erase board, actually it may be better than a dry erase board because I feel like dry erase boards leave residue that you can see where you have written and the glass doesn’t even have that. It is great!

  2. Love this idea and definitely going to give it a go. For the lid of the box, I have some old magnet sheets that I would trim to size and stick inside it to hold paper clips or other little metal things. Either stick it to the board or place it on my desk.

  3. I love the update you made to your original version! The idea behind it is fantastic!

  4. Hi! This is amazing and I am currently working on one of my own! I was wondering what font you used for these lists? Also is there a way you know of to get the empty chores list into word so that I can use the same font and print up my own list? Very fantastic tutorials and I am so grateful for the printables!!

    • The font is called Aspergit. I don’t know that you would be able to do that on Word, but I know you could on Microsoft Publisher that usually comes with Windows Office.

  5. This is a great idea. I love it. My oldest son just moved out. I am making one for him. It will keep him organized. He especially needs the chore list.

  6. About how much did this cost to make?

  7. Where do you get the wood? Also, are your measurements correct? I think -Laminated pine cut to 30.5″ x 19″ would be 30.5 ft x 19 ft. 30.5″ x 19″ would be inches. Thanks!

  8. I am currently making this for a Christmas gift and was wondering how exactly you used the paper mache box. Was it deep enough to hold pens? Did you cut it in half, to make a semi-circle, so that it could be affixed to the board? I can’t quite tell from the pictures. Thanks!!!

  9. So happy you made this new one, it looks great! I followed the chevron design from Pinterest today, thinking I could just paint it different colors, because I have never been in the chevron craze. Definitely going to follow this design!

  10. I love this! I am going to make one for my goals/to-do lists! I have one question, bc I expect to update my list often, I am worried about the frustration of writing on the glass against the wall. (When I write on the chalkboard it is horrible) you think I could maybe velcronthe frames to the board? Or any other suggestions you might have? (PS I love your in-depth tutorials! They’re perfect)

  11. Thank you for this! Your tutorial is wonderful. I want to do this almost exactly – but I would like to add an ever changing to-do list. The only issue I can for-see is being able to write easily while up on the board. Do you think you could Velcro on a frame? Or be able to tKe a paper in and out somehow?

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. Can we buy this somewhere? I would love to have one but don’t have the free time to make it myself.

    • I used to sell them, but it isn’t cheap to ship these! It was costing almost as much as it was for me to sell them as it was to ship them. I would recommend finding someone you know to make it for you.

  13. Kevin Wall says:

    Hi, I’m the random dude.
    (And I love this idea btw)

  14. Has anyone tried using Velcro instead of the command hooks for this? Seems like it would be cheaper and keep things more secure and flushed.

    • It wasn’t hooks that were used. They are the Command Picture Hanging strips. They are basically just like Velcro, only they are made specifically for hanging pictures and won’t ruin your surfaces you are putting them on and are strong enough to handle pictures.

  15. For the cover to the box, I would pick up one of the clock kits from the craft store, and add a little clock to the board. Love your talent, and will be making these as gifts.

  16. Victoria Wall says:

    I actually made my own command center today, inspired by you. 🙂 Thinking it could turn out to be a huge help bringing order to the chaos that is my home. No success figuring out how to attach a pic so you can see. 🙁

  17. Joanne says:

    your idea is amazing! I just wanted to let you know not to put down your earlier effort – chevrons are back in fashion again!

  18. This is probably a dumb question, but how did you print a 5X7 menue and notes page and then an 8.5 X11?

    • I am not sure I understand your question. I just printed them all at home onto an 8.5×11 paper and cut them down to size. I am not sure if that is what you are asking though!

    • I think I understand your question. Make sure that the “Fit to Page” option is unchecked in your printing options. I had to uncheck the box for mine to print the correct size. 🙂

    • I think I understand your question. Make sure that the “Fit to Page” option is unchecked in your printing options. I had to uncheck the box for mine to print the correct size. 🙂

  19. I would also like to know how to get the little honeycomb looking picture by the words, I’m making my own “goals” page but don’t want it to not match the other pages. I’m like that. haha

    • I designed that myself. I suggest taking the original photo and putting a white square over the words you want covered up and putting the word “goals” on top of that square so it all matches.

  20. Trying to print these by using the links, but they won’t open. It only says “page can’t be displayed”.
    Tried going to pinterest & printing from there with same result.
    Tried downloading but it won’t work either.
    Beyond frustrated. Is there another way to get the links?

    • That is so strange! I just clicked on all of the links and they worked for me. Can you try again? I am wondering if some part of the program I used was down when you tried before. Sorry about that!

  21. I came here from Pinterest 🙂

  22. I came here from Pinterest 🙂

  23. I really enjoyed reading your post

  24. I absolutely love your ideas! I am in the process of working on a command center for my family and may use some of these ideas in the future!

    Blessings,
    Patty

  25. Oh you’re totally right, I’m sorry! It looked like a ‘ on my computer but now that I’m on my cell I can see it. Sorry! It’s a gorgeous board!

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