• Command Center,  Decor & Organization

    Bringing it all together

    This year is all about organization.  We see and hear it everywhere.  From the new organizational items on the market to the new TV shows about organization; organization is definately on everyone’s mind this year.  I was able to utilize our rather long family entrance hallway (you know, the one to the garage since we never actually use our front door) to organize several, often chaotic, tasks into one area. Areas such as this have many names.  Some people call them “command centers”, some call them “family planning centers”, and some call them “drop zones’.  I have also seen them referred to by many other names but whatever you call…

  • Command Center,  Decor & Organization

    Weekly Family Planner for the Command Center

    I finally found the weekly family calendar that I have been looking for.  I use one of the Mom’s calendars for planning further out, and I love it, but I need a larger and more prominent calendar to plan out our weeks.  When I saw this at Hobby Lobby I knew it was the one. Even though I really like this one, it was missing a couple of things. First I sometimes need to keep track of papers which have to be returned to school on particular days or items that needs to be mailed on a specific date.  To help with that, I attached Bulldog clips between each day.…

  • Command Center,  Decor & Organization,  DIY

    My Trick for Perfect Placement on a Gallery Wall

    I love gallery walls when everything is in its perfect place.  I think I must be worse at deciding on the perfect place than most because I never get it right the first time.  However, I have found something that works for me.  At least, it works when the wall has to be painted anyway.  If the wall needs to be painted a new color, and will require two coats of paint, I like to paint on one coat and then play around with the placement of my items making up the gallery wall.  I have never had much luck with marking out the spaces on the wall with painters…

  • Decor & Organization,  DIY

    Updating an Orange-y Oak to a modern whitewash

    How to Transform Orange-y Oak to a Modern Whitewash I found this cute little sign that is perfect for my command center – above the weekly calendar. I love this piece, and it’s placement, because we should all try to remember to enjoy every moment of everyday – not just the big moments or the big days! What I didn’t love was the orange-y color of the piece. To fit with my other items in the command center, I wanted to get rid of the orange and end up with a more modern farmhouse look of aged gray. To achieve the look I wanted, I used a two-step process. First…

  • Command Center,  Decor & Organization

    Jobs-For-Hire Board

    Command Center Jobs-For-Hire Board One of the things I knew from the beginning I wanted to add to my Command Center is a jobs-for-hire board.  When I received this beautiful barn door chalk/magnet/ cork board for Christmas, I knew I had found the home for my jobs-for-hire board. Job Descriptions The jobs I list on my Jobs-For-Hire board are usually quick jobs I could use some help with.  I list things like “Vacuum the stairs” or “Unload the dishwasher”.  Along with the jobs, I include how much you will be paid for the job and I attach the cash to the cork board behind the job posting.  This simple practice…

  • Decor & Organization

    Adding a Pickling Wash

    How to Transform Orange-y Oak to a Modern Whitewash I found this cute little sign that is perfect for my command center – above the weekly calendar.  I love this piece, and it’s placement, because we should all try to remember to enjoy every moment of everyday – not just the big moments or the big days! What I didn’t love was the orange-y color of the piece.  To fit with my other items in the command center, I wanted to get rid of the orange and end up with a more modern farmhouse look of aged gray. To achieve the look I wanted, I used a two-step process. First…