The operations of NASA’s Mission Control Center were vital to every mission, but their coordinated response to the plight of the Apollo 13 crew in 1970 was dramatically highlighted in the famous movie Apollo 13. Their stated purpose of monitoring the crew’s activities, monitoring the spacecraft’s systems, and responding to unexpected events was essential to the crew’s eventual survival.
“Houston, we’ve had a problem…”
How many of us look every day at the random piles of mail, bills, cards, letters, receipts, newspapers, magazines, invitations, schedules, event flyers, travel brochures, church bulletins, take-out menus, recipes, coupons, to-do lists, and shopping lists and secretly whisper—
“We have a problem here, too!”
A home also needs a control center. Let’s call it a Command Center.
What is the purpose of a Command Center?
It is a one-stop location for family information that is customized for the needs of each family.
What is the benefit of a Command Center?
There is just one designated home for all of your family information! That means there is only one place to look for specific information or particular items. There is only one place to put things away. The result is that you have less chaos, less clutter, less stress and more mental relief!
Where is the best location for a Command Center?
The best location is any high-traffic location that your family uses every day. Look around your home with fresh eyes. Think of new uses for old spaces! Maximize the potential of vertical space! Even a narrow space of wall can be the perfect spot for a calendar, some clipboards, and hooks for car keys. Just do not expect a remote corner of your house or basement to be a good spot.
What kinds of information could be kept at a command center?
The essential items are a calendar, mail, and keys.
Other items, depending on the needs of your family, could include any of the following:
Budget Info, Bills, & Receipts
Cards, Stamps, & Address Book
Chore Lists & Opportunities
Church Bulletin & Directory
Community Info & Future Events
Family Member Binders
ICE Information—In Case of Emergency Documents
Inspirational Verses or Pictures
Invitations & Tickets for Future Events
Library Check-Out Receipts
Medical Information for each Family Member
Menus, Shopping Lists, & Coupons
Recipes & Take Out Menus
School Info & Schedules
Warranties & Manuals
What supplies could be used to create a command center?
This is your opportunity to be creative!!
Reuse/ Recycle/ Repurpose/ Rethink!!
Look at this sample list of items that could be used in a variety of ways.
Baskets, Bins, Boxes, Buckets
Benches, Chests, Lockers, Trunks
Bookshelves, Carts, Desks, End Tables, Islands, Wall Shelves
Bulletin Boards, Chalk Boards, Clip Boards, Magnetic Boards, White Boards
Collage Photo Frames, Picture Frames, Window Frames
Cabinets, Closets, Corners, Counters, Cubical Shelves
Over-the Door File Organizers, Over-the-Door Shoe Organizers
Plastic File Crates, Plastic Shoe Boxes, Plastic Tote Boxes
Vertical Files, Hanging Files, Manila Folders, Binders
How could I encourage my family to use the command center?
Make it fun to use!
Make it easy to use!
Make it colorful!
Have a special area for each family member!
Share the benefits of saving time, money, and energy!
This one simple change to your daily household routine can make a tremendous difference. It may not be life-saving, but it surely is life-changing! When everyone knows where to look for what they need, everyone benefits. By creating homes and setting limits, you reduce the amount of stuff and clutter. When you consistently use your command center, you learn to trust your system. What a relief!
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to success is found in your daily routine.” – John Maxwell
Start 2016 by creating a command center. Then consistently use it every day!
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